Eagles Community Programme
The Eastbourne Eagles Community Programme aims to provide an inclusive, enjoyable experience at Arlington Stadium. The programme provides a range of options to engage with younger speedway fans and the local and wider, regional Community, from our Organised Group trips run by our dedicated Community Team, through to the development of relationships with a range of clubs and organisations.
We have big plans for 2019 and beyond, and are massively indebted and deeply appreciative of the assistance from Michael and George Gray (long standing supporters of Eastbourne Speedway) and their Company HG AEROSPACE, who our COMMUNITY PROGRAMME Partners in 2019 and for their substantial financial support to help to build and facilitate this.
One of our Community c0-ordinators David Rollinson explains the aims of the Community Programme and provides an overview of our Organised Group Trips:
Organised Group Trips
Our Organised Group trips provide a fascinating insight into Speedway and Race day at Arlington. Our dedicated Community Team provide a comprehensive tour before a meeting, with Group Photos with a rider after the final heat.
Our trips are available to a wide range of Clubs and Organisations, from Sports Clubs (Football, Hockey, Rugby, Cricket) indeed any Sports and Organisations, through to Schools, Scouts + Guides, Registered Charities and Community Organisations with from 25 up to 250 people on Race Nights.
If the Group includes Children under the Age of 16, we will expect the Ratio of Children to Responsible Adults / Parents to be no more than 2:1 (e.g 50 Children would require around 15-20 Responsible Adults at all times).
Visits must be arranged in advance by contacting us here or by the Contact form at the bottom of the page and will be arranged on a first come / first served basis.
Organised Trip Formats
- First Organised Visit: FREE of CHARGE
- Second Organised Visit: Concession Rates and Children Under 16 FREE
- Ongoing Visits – for Groups of 50 or More a bespoke Pricing plan can be arranged.
The Trip Format includes an exclusive Stadium Tour on your first visit with Pits & Rider access, an overview of a speedway bike and the track, a visit to the Starting Tapes Area and subject to numbers a live Presentation from the Referees Box of the various Starting/Exclusion Lights etc.
At the end of the meeting an exclusive Photograph is taken on The Centre Green with available Riders. Free Copies of any Photos taken by our Official Club Photographer Mike Hinves, will then be sent to the Club or Organisation.
Join The Eaglets Club!
The Eaglets club will support the work that the Community Team is planning to encourage new and younger supporters to Arlington in 2019 to watch and hopefully become long-term supporters of the Eagles.
Membership benefits will include a Welcome Pack, including Free Badge, Pen and Rider Photographs, a Birthday Card and the chance to be a Meeting Parade Mascot.
Education & Information
We are actively in dialogue with the excellent ALBION IN THE COMMUNITY Programme set up by our neighbours at Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
This is a shining beacon of what a family and community orientated Premiership Football Club can offer and we hope to be able to tap in to and to support some of their excellent Schemes and to offer then our support in 2019 (More News soon).
It is a requirement and indeed our pleasure to support The Speedway BEN Fund (Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund) with a Collection each season.
This will be arranged for a major meeting in 2019. The Fund has supported many Eastbourne Riders in the past and continues to do so to the present day.
Our designated Charity for 2019, in conjunction with our sponsors The Holly Blue Pub, is Macmillan Cancer support. Further details of our plans will be announced shortly.
Your Community Team
Three community co-ordinators have been appointed by Eastbourne Speedway. They are Paul Garnell, who will oversee the project, Kate Patterson and David Rollison. Their task is to build the club’s supporter base and they will be the public faces on race days of the community project team, sponsored by HG Aerospace.
Paul, whose father Tom is a former announcer at Eastbourne Speedway is known to many ex-riders and officials.
He is a passionate Eastbourne Fineprint Eagles fan and attends matches with his son Max and wife Nicky on a regular basis.
He is also heavily involved in the local junior soccer scene with Eastbourne-based Sovereign Saints FC, and has had a number of roles with other local sporting clubs in organising, marketing and community-based roles
Kate first attended speedway at Wimbledon’s Plough Lane stadium with her father and grand-father. She began watching and supporting the Eagles about four years ago.
She is a teacher by profession, her main subject is maths. Kate also has an interest and experience in the organisation of group visits, working with children and young adults with special needs and an awareness of health and safety requirements.
Kate also assists at dance schools that also believe in an inclusive approach to all members of the local community where she lives.
An integral part of the Community Programme Group Stadium Tour and Introduction to Speedway will be a visit to the pits area before racing to meet riders and officials, and to see at close hand what a speedway bike looks like and how it works.
We are delighted therefore to welcome David to the Community Project Team. David has experience as a rider, initially on the Eagles’ junior track from its very early days and then on the local grass track scene.
Latterly, he has acted as a mechanic and builder of speedway and grass track bikes, and designer of race-suits and bike-covers.
In addition to becoming a member of the Community Team, David will join the Track Staff Team for the 2019 season.
David has a young family and is keen to pass on his knowledge of the technical side of the sport to similarly aged youngsters and newcomers attending speedway for the first time.
The Community Project Tour will also run group and individual tours on match days, before racing, for anyone interested in seeing a bit more of the sport from behind the scenes.
We have much more planned and in no small measure, thanks to the fantastic support from HG AEROSPACE this will be possible, and we will be making further appointments to The Community Team to help us on Race Nights and generally in the Community.
If you would like to volunteer your support to assist with our Community Programme on a few occasions during 2019, please do let us know via the Contact form below.
It is our aim and determination to make Eastbourne Eagles Speedway a friendly and inclusive place to visit and that means on and off the Track for Home , Away and Visiting Supporters and also for the Community, whatever their Colour; Creed; background and that includes especially anyone or any Group with Special Needs or who will require the help of Carers
If you would like a chat about what we can offer for any potential visitor who may need special help or support – please contact us using the form below: