Bandits announce new team sponsors

Berwick Speedway will have new main sponsors in 2018 in the shape of KLS Worldwide Speedway Supply of Denmark.

Sunday, 25th February 2018, 19:38 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th February 2018, 19:42 pm

The Bandits will also have a recognised support sponsor, with the team once again being ‘powered by’ Mike Hope of Wooler, the company owned by former promoters Mike and Yvette Hope.

Current co-owner and co-promoter Scott Courtney said: “I am delighted to announce the news that we will be entering the 2018 season as the KLS Bandits powered by Mike Hope of Wooler.

“KLS are a Danish based speedway products manufacturer and worldwide distributor. Their reputation in the Speedway world speaks for itself and I am very excited about introducing the KLS brand as our title sponsor!

“KLS is run by former rider Kristian Lund and his family. Their products and service work fantastically within our sport internationally and we proudly recommend using KLS for all speedway equipment.

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“KLS will also be proudly displayed as title sponsor of our newly branded youth system. The side formerly known as the Border Raiders will now be known as the KLS Bandits Academy.

“We encourage all Speedway riders of all levels to visit for all of your Speedway needs for the 2018 season.”

Of the continued backing of Mike Hope of Wooler, following their return to the sport last season, Courtney added: “I’m also thrilled to welcome back Mike Hope of Wooler as our ‘powered by’ sponsor.

“The Hope family are all synonymous with the club and their support is fantastic.

“Their support is invaluable and Mike and Yvette are on hand for help and advice when required.

“Jamie is doing a trumendous job with the garage and you never know, we might tempt him to trade his love of racing on four wheels to two this season and get him on a bike at Duns!”

Courtney has thanked former team sponsors, Olympus Marquees, for their backing in 2016 and 2017.

“Not only were Olympus title sponsors, their help and assistance with track covers will go down within the history of the sport as one of the most progressive innovations ever,” said Courtney.

“As with a lot of bandits ideas over the last few seasons, it started with myself and Steve chatting and within a few hours we did a dry run of covering the track on a Thursday night and before we knew it we had saved no less than eight matches in two seasons!.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting the show on the road now and I must emphasise that without our fantastic sponsors and the continued support of the Berwick fans, the club would never survive.

“Rest assured it’s been literally non stop for us all behind the scenes, working hard to do our very best for Berwick Speedway and we are edging closer to the opening night of the season.”

Berwick will open their 2018 campaign on Saturday, March 31 with a home challenge meeting against Newcastle Diamonds, just two days after the traditional press and practice, which this yea is being held on Thursday, March 29.