Kickstart in Action
In March this year, The Rotary Club of King's Lynn set up a alliance with Poultec (Training Specialists) and King's Lynn Speedway under the appropriate name "Kickstart" with the view of providing young potential speedway riders with the opportunity to develop their skills on a range of speedway bikes that would otherwise be unavailable.
Speedway bikes are expensive to buy, to maintain and to operate and through the good offices of training specialists Poultec and the co-operation of King's Lynn Speedway, "Kickstart" was funded initially by the Rotary Club of King's Lynn with a donation of almost £9000.
The money was raised by a Gala Dinner held at Timbers Country Lodge, Fincham in March 2016 and has allowed Poultec to purchase three secondhand speedway bikes ranging from 150cc to 500cc which have been completely overhauled in Poultec's workshops by young apprentice engineers, who themselves could become riders.
On Friday 19th August, members of the Rotary Club of King's Lynn met at the Adrian Flux Speedway Stadium, King's Lynn and were able to see the bikes for themselves, together with the young apprentice riders and the bikes in action on the track for the first time.
Poultec's managing director Edward Bales explained how the bikes had been sourced and brought up to an "as new" condition in his training workshop by the apprentices, and how the young riders had been involved in the work throughout.
Keith Chapman, the owner of KIng's Lynn Speedway Stadium said "it is really great to see how these youngsters develop; many of them are "naturals" they seem to know what to do and how to ride the moment they get in on a bike and it is a pleasure to watch. Some of the apprentices have already become minor "Stars" and through Rotary's intervention, these apprentice riders can have a great future".
Rotary Club President Michael Pellizzaro expressed his pleasure that the Club's association with Poultec and the Speedway was getting results and on behalf of the Club stated that they would be monitoring the progress of "Kickstart" to ensure that it's future was secure.