Pictured at the fund raising dinner are, from left: Olly Allen, Poultec Training; Martin Reynolds, of Timbers Country Lodge; Keith Boyce, Rotary; Keith Chapman, King’s Lynn Speedway; and Edward Bales, Poultec.

SPEEDWAY: Young riders looking to carve out a career in speedway were given a huge boost at Timbers Country Lodge.

The second fund-raising dinner in aid of the Kickstart Project brought in £6,800 with more than 180 people supporting the event.

Kickstart is a partnership between King’s Lynn Rotary Club, King’s Lynn Speedway and Poultec Training, aimed at supporting aspiring, young riders with the cost of bikes and equipment during their training programme.

An auction at the Fincham event included items such as a hospitality afternoon in the directors’ box at Norwich City FC, four VIP hospitality tickets and passes to the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone and a week’s holiday in a villa in France.

Poultec Training’s managing director, Edward Bales, explained about the success of the speedway training programme over the past year, with recent development and accreditation of the Level 2 Diploma in Speedway Business Skills.

He also spoke about the success of a 10-week Go-Moto project in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk County Council.

Poultec are looking at the potential to run a similar project in Lynn.

Money raised at last year’s event allowed Poultec Training to buy three speedway bikes – 500cc, 250cc and 150cc – for the riders on the training programme to use, ride on and maintain in their workshop.

The bikes have been used on taster days throughout the past year to raise the profile of speedway and the programme.

The new funds will support the running costs of the bikes as well as offering support for beginners track training days and development.