And now we wait...
The AGM has been and gone, we know the rules and regulations that we have to play with and now all that’s left for us to do is wait and hope that a buyer comes along and we can see speedway continue in Berwick for many more years to come.
Seems simple enough right?
Now for what it’s worth I believe that Scott and Jamie are leaving the club in very good shape having carried out some absolutely sterling work during their tenure. I don’t think that anyone could argue otherwise.
They had vision and passion beyond belief and that was plain for all to see during our rollercoaster 2018 season. While I completely understand their reasons for wanting to step down, I feel that their blueprint in running the club may well be the way forward for speedway, not just here at Berwick, but all over the country.
All bills paid and up to date, all the riders paid in full and all within a budget, you can’t say fairer than that.
Should a buyer come forward, I would like to think that they would follow the same ethos and practices and carry the club forward like Scott and Jamie have done so admirably over the last couple of seasons. The two of them deserve every bit of praise that has come their way and I personally hope that they remain involved in the sport in some capacity.
So what of the future?
Well in terms of speedway in general I think the AGM has given most fans what they wanted, and before the barrage comes let’s look at some facts.
The fans wanted a long term plan, there is a five year vision to cut back on the doubling up or down of riders. The fans wanted this to happen and have to appreciate that this wasn’t going to be an overnight process.
The fans wanted more transparency in the way the sport is run and the setting up of the BSPA Limited Company allows for literally anyone to access the accounts via Companies House and see how funds are being spent or distributed. In truth, you can’t really get much more transparent than that.
People wanted change and they got change, of course whether this does indeed prove to be a success remains to be seen, and talking points like fixed race nights or in some instances, a change of race night for some clubs will likely forever divide opinion. But something has to be done, and if we don’t try then we’ll never know.
The point is that you simply cannot please everyone, and judging by some of the comments on social media, some folks have shot down a lot of what has been laid out before a wheel has even turned. These same people will likely be praising the BSPA if crowds are up and speedway starts to prosper in this country.
Either that or they will be moaning about something else entirely!
At times I wonder about some so called speedway “fans” and their negativity towards the sport they claim to love. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate not everything is rosy and it is far and away from being perfect, but there is no magic wand or quick fix and only time will tell whether or not these plans play out as we want them to, but if you simply naysay every suggestion put forward then we will never see speedway flourish as it should.
We all know that speedway can be one of the most entertaining sports on the planet and on that basis it deserves to be a box office attraction, have the bigger crowds and a more stable future.
The Speedway GB website getting approximately 140,000 hits a day, 20,000 Facebook likes and 25,000 followers on Twitter would suggest the interest is there. The BT Sport viewing figures being up 41% and reaching around 98,000 viewers further backs up the claim that the interest and potential audience is there.
Now I’m not stupid, I know that not all of these folks are going to magically appear at the turnstiles as paying punters up and down the country but if even a fraction of them did, the sport would be in a much better place.
Now I’m maybe getting ahead of myself here, but if a new buyer does come forward and we do see Speedway continue in Berwick, I sincerely hope that we can continue to flourish and prosper as a club. It’s no secret that our club finished last season in far better shape than most and I don’t know a single person out there who wants that to change.
We have found ourselves facing an uncertain and frankly, far more bleak looking future before and always made it to the tapes come March one way or another, and I am hoping that remains the case heading into 2019.
After all, “Bouncebackablity” has been a main sponsor of the Bandits since 1968!
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Until next time...and there will be a next time.
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