New Lakeside Hammers manager Will Pottinger was introduced to Hammers fans at a packed fans forum at the Thurrock Hotel this evening.
Hammers Co-Promoter Jon Cook started proceedings by introducing the new Hammers committee, Russell Keetch, Mark Sexton, Diane Allmark & Ian Smalley, who are working across a range of areas to improve as many aspects of the club as possible.
A summary of the main points from the committee and the Q&A with Jon and Will:
– Press and Practice will take place on Friday 23rd March. Due to H&S restrictions, this will be for invited press only, however a team photo opportunity will be provided for fans prior to the Lee Richardson Spring Trophy meeting that evening.
– A new Junior Hammers club is being launched (£10). A new section of the site will be launched within the next week with full details.
-The Thurrock Hotel is our preferred local hospitality Partner, and Hammers fans can use a discount rate (information will be provided soon)
-New commercial opportunities are progressing well. (Sponsorship opportunities are still available!)
-The Hammers Community Programme, which has been running for 8 years, continues to go from strength to strength, with new initiatives being developed.
-A new Charity of the year will be announced soon.
-The club has developed an updated team badge, and minor re-branding.
-A range of posters and other assets will be available on the site as soon as possible after Press & Practice.
-All feedback previously submitted via the site is being evaluated and put in to action where possible.
-The club are always open to thoughts and ideas. A feedback box will be added to the site.
-The club will continue to work closely with @Lakesidelive to push our social media & fan interaction
-New Merchandise via our partners ImageOn (samples on show tonight) will be available on the site in the next couple of weeks.
-Positive discussions have taken place with the new Raceway landlords regarding the future of the Hammers
-The Hammers are looking at ways of re-introducing the Academy track
-The Club captain will be confirmed in the next few weeks
-Season Ticket sales are positive to date. The club will also look at season ticket vouchers for the 2019 season.
-Will has a good idea of the riding order (but is keeping it quiet!)
-Richard will be riding for the Hammers for the Good Friday fixtures
-Discussions are on-going with a number of riders for the Lee Richardson Memorial meeting #Rico. We will begin to announce the line-up shortly.
-Junior Support Races will continue this season
-Any volunteers for a track working party, please get in touch (via the contact form on the Hammers Details page)
-We are always looking for track staff, again, please get in touch.
-The club will have a stall at the Celebration of Speedway event at the Paradise Wildlife park (Sunday 18th Feb)
-Nigel Pearson & Kelvin Tatum’s evening at the Paradise Wildlife Park (13th Feb) starts at 8pm (£10 on the door)
Our thanks go to all those who attended, and to the Thurrock Hotel for their hospitality.