Lots to talk about at pre-AGM meeting
SWINDON team manager Alun Rossiter believes speedway may need to be ‘reborn again’ as he prepares to attend today’s pre-AGM meeting.
Club bosses from up and down the country meet at the BSPA headquarters in Rugby today to put forward their own opinions on how the sport should be run next season, with big changes possible to help speedway thrive.
It remains unclear whether or not Sky Sports will continue to sponsor the Elite League next season, but regardless of their decision, Rossiter knows the club owners need to get things right this winter to safeguard the sport’s future.
“We need to get this one right, it’s so important for the future of the sport, but I really don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.
“We don’t know what is going to happen with Sky Sports, and that could have a big shape on things.
“We may see speedway needing to be reborn again, that’s where we’re at.
“Speedway might have to take some steps backwards, but if that’s what we’ve got to do to survive then that’s what we’ve got to do.”
For Rossiter, an increase in meetings and more regular home matches holds the key.
“What I want is more meetings and continuity, I want more meetings and I want to be riding at least three times at home in a month, at least.
“People got out of the habit of coming because it was too sporadic so that’s something we need to sort out and get people coming back.”
Meanwhile, tickets for the club’s end of season dinner and dance on Saturday remain available.
All seven members of the Robins team will be present at the event at the De Vere hotel in West Swindon, where a host of end of season awards will be handed out.
“It will be good to get the boys together for one last time this year, and we're looking forward to seeing a lot of supporters there,” Rossiter said.
“Peter (Kildemand) couldn’t make it last year due to illness but he and Hans are flying in on Saturday and it should be a good night at the end of what was another decent season.
"We finished second in the league table again and although we couldn't match the achievements of last year in actually winning the title, there's still plenty to celebrate.”
Tickets cost £39 and include a three course meal, a live band, and a late disco and fans wanting to buy tickets should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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