Club profile to be raised thanks to staging of British semi-final
Mildenhall Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly believes staging the British Under-21 semi-final at the club will help raise its profile.
In an announcement made by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) on Thursday, it was revealed the National League club would host the event at Mildenhall Stadium in West Row on Sunday, April 5.
The competition proved to be a lucky one for the club last year with Josh Bates, then a member of the team, triumphing in the final of the event at Monmore Green in April.
“I received a text from Neil Vatcher (GB youth boss) saying that they needed to somewhere to run the meeting and they asked if were interested,” said Jolly.
“I thought about it and said we would take it on as it fits in quite well with everything we have planned and he is the sort of man we want to keep in with.
“It is brilliant that we have been asked to hold the meeting. It gives another image of the club, which raises its profile.”
Sharing Jolly’s delight at the club staging the event was GB team boss Vatcher.
“After running this prestigious meeting at Plymouth in the last two seasons, we are now very excited about taking the event to a new venue, and our thanks go to Mildenhall promoter Kevin Jolly for his help,” said Vatcher.
“With so much onus being on British Youth Development in 2015, this is sure to be an exciting meeting with places up for grabs to qualify for a British Final.”
While the line-up for the event is yet to be finalised, Fen Tigers fans can be certain they will have good reason to cheer throughout the meeting with Connor Coles, Jack Kingston and Connor Mountain all set to be involved.
“It is good to have three Fen Tigers riders in the line-up for the fans and hopefully with them having raced in the Palmer Trophy which is scheduled for the weekend before it will give them an edge to qualify for the final,” said Jolly.
Although the fixtures for next year’s National League are yet to be released Jolly has confirmed that Fen Tigers fans could well be treated to a busy schedule.
“We know the dates for our home fixtures and it could be we end up have around 19 or 20 home fixtures this year,” said Jolly.
“What we don’t want to happen is the big gap we had on last year’s fixture list in the middle of the summer. The main thing for us is getting the season off to a flyer in April and May.”
Fans are reminded that the club will be staging its popular Meet the Riders event at the Fenman bar at Mildenhall Stadium on Saturday (7pm).
Anyone who plans to sign on to be a member of track staff must be at the stadium by 6pm,