Courtney's run their race as they put Bandits up for sale
Club owners Scott and Jamie Courtney have announced their decision to put Berwick Bandits Speedway Club up for sale.
In their short period at the helm Scott and Jamie have overseen improvements both on and off track which have quickly earned them a sport-wide reputation as shrewd and innovative promoters.
They were also instrumental in founding, building and running the much-admired Grant Henderson Tankers Training Academy track at Duns seen by many as fundamental in bringing through the next generation of riders in the north of England and Scotland.
But the pressures of running their own, successful businesses and the time away from their young families demanded by running a Championship speedway club in the Border town has prompted them to put the club on the market.
Scott said: “Since 2016 Berwick Speedway has come first in everything for me. To say we have worked hard for the club would be an understatement.
“Given the amount of time we had to spend away from our young families and businesses, Jamie and I felt that we needed to re-evaluate where our priorities lay.
“In truth our families and businesses have both had to play second fiddle to our mission to keep Berwick Speedway alive over the past couple of seasons and that could not continue.
“We have no regrets and leave with no axe to grind and would like to thank all of the amazing staff and volunteers who helped keep the wheels turning, our riders for their commitment and performances, our sponsors who have helped us create a solid foundation and of course the brilliant Bandits’ fans!”
“Because of what we have achieved over the past couple of seasons we are able to offer the new owner – or perhaps a group of like-minded individuals – a club that is all ready to go once again but we feel that it’s time for someone else to take the reigns and move the Berwick Bandits forward.
“We have made positive progress in attempting to create a formula to help the club sustain and anyone following that formula will have very few issues moving forward.
“Berwick Bandits now has a healthy young asset base, a fantastic youth system and a very solid sponsorship client base and we are proud to have played our part in creating that.
“But with Jamie being based in Oxford, the majority of the Berwick-based workload inevitably fell to me and we made the decision that our families and businesses must come first.”
Scott and Jamie will attend the upcoming BSPA annual general meeting on behalf of Berwick Bandits which will allow them to fully inform prospective owners to understand what 2019 will look like.
“Of course there is a lot of hard work involved for any new owners and myself ,Jamie and the ever loyal Dennis McCleary will be only too happy to spend the winter months helping any new owners settle in and acclimatise to their surroundings.
Any individuals or parties interested in taking the club forward can get in touch with the club, initially via the email address below.