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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Coventry club scoop pounds 4,000 Lottery aid.

COVENTRY Devlin's Newsagents Cycle Speedway club this week scooped a National Lottery windfall.

Reformed after 14 years, the club have been awarded a pounds 4,000 Awards For All grant.

The cash has been awarded to assist the development of junior riders. It spells good news for Coventry's abundance of emerging new first year riders.

It will be spent on racing equipment and safety clothing. Two complete racing machines, supplied by Coventry-based LA Cycles, will be available shortly for newcomers to use at the club's Wednesday night practice sessions. Ten pairs of specially imported Swedish racing tyres have already been issued to members of the clubs two junior sides.

The rapidly improving Sam McGuire, Simon McCartney and Danny Green are all to receive help in completing their race machines.

Announcing the grant, club secretary Mick Docker said: "Foremost in our aims in reforming the club last winter was the recruitment and investment in new junior talent.

"We have achieved this goal in spectacular fashion. The awards for all grants will enable even more Coventry youngsters to take up the fast and exciting sport of cycle speedway."

A badly-depleted Coventry Devlins Newsagents lost 110-65 to British champions Wednesfield in the British League last Sunday at sun-soaked Hearsall Common.

Already without the star trio Ray Oliver, Jez Hughes and Tim Metcalfe, the city side were further handicapped by fielding Mick Docker, Joe McLaughlin and Mark Giles, all carrying injuries following the incident-packed international meeting last Tuesday week.

COVENTRY: Mick Docker 3, Ashley Pointer 11, Joe McLaughlin 11+1, Mike Grimes 9, Mark Giles 14, Karl Lerigo 6, Matthew Lawrence 5, Sean McGuire 6+1.

Meanwhile, tonight's scheduled veterans challenge match against Wednesfield at Hearsall Common has been pulled off due to injuries and holidays. It will be rescheduled.

Coventry's array of junior talent have a further chance to shine tomorrow when they travel to Leicester for an under-18 match starting at 4.30pm.

Coventry Juniors are also in action this Thursday, away at Wednesfield (7.30pm) at Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 4, 2001
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