Appeal for help in Castleford speedway bid

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CASTLEFORD speedway stalwart Peter Hibberd has appealed to Wakefield City Council or a local land owner to come forward with a site away from a residential area that would be suitable for a track to get the sport up and running again in the town.

Hibberd has announced that after an absence of 32 years the Castleford King’s Speedway team will return to track action for the 2013 season in the Midland League - but it will be forced to race “home” matches away from the town unless suitable land can be found.

Hibberd, who was the manager the last time Castleford had a speedway team, also wants to build a training academy and offer somewhere for young people to learn how to race in a supervised and safe environment.

He explained: “We are in the process of training riders to compete in league racing and have been approached to race some challenge matches towards the end of the present season.

“We desperately need the offer of land in the Castleford/Pontefract zone to build our home track or the area is in danger of losing the proposed £250,000 investment to build our home stadium.

“Until we have a home base we will be forced to race our “home” matches at a speedway stadium away from the town and as we are confident of being successful it would be a sad reflection on this area of Yorkshire were it not able to support the team.

“We desperately need land, a minimum of 10 acres and preferably 40 acres, to build the facility to train young people how to race in a safe controlled environment rather than around the streets of the five towns.

“So much of the land in the area is lying dormant having been sold to private developers by the local authority.”