Watch speedway for free at Arlington this Saturday

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Watch speedway for free... that’s the offer the Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles are putting out to people living in East Sussex and surrounding areas.

The club holds its official practice at the Arlington Stadium on Saturday (March 16), starting at 12.45pm, when the doors to the stadium will open.

Co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: “We believe this event is a good opportunity to showcase speedway to people who may not have seen the sport before. Of course, it is not racing as such but newcomers will see the sights and sounds of 500cc speedway bikes in action.

“We all know it is a thrilling to see a highly tuned speedway bike tearing around the tight turns of Arlington. The sound and colour are great and most newcomers new to seeing speedway are amazed that the bikes do not have brakes.

“That’s why we are promoting the official practice in a slightly different way this year. People have seen our promotional material and some have rung up to say, ‘is it really free’. The answer is a definite yes.”

Arrangements will be made for people new to speedway to learn more about the sport.

The practice session is also an opportunity for regular fans to see the Eagles on track for the first time this year.

After the practice session has been completed, the pits will be open for fans to mingle with the riders and be able to get autographs and photographs.

A fans’ track walk is also planned at the completion of the practice.

“It is not something we are able to do when we hold a meeting but we think Saturday afternoon should give us the opportunity to let fans on to the circuit and for them to walk around and see what the track is really like. It will give people a new perspective of the stadium,” Bellerby said.

The track shop will be open on Saturday along with the Shelley’s catering facilities.

Arlington Stadium is just off the A22 Hailsham by-pass; north of Eastbourne.

If it is raining on Saturday, check the club’s Twitter feed @EliteEagles to see if the Practice session is going ahead or ring the Lifestyle Eagles hotline 09066 555 945. The Twitter feed also appears on the club website at www.eastbourneeagles.co.uk

Eastbourne’s first league match of the 2013 season is on Saturday, March 23, against Belle Vue at Arlington (7.30pm).