Former Wight Wizards rider Barry Bishop and partner Martin Widman, the duo responsible for the plan to bring the ultra-exciting sport of speedway back to the Isle of Wight, have completed one of their core objectives in their efforts to reach out to the youth on the Island.
Both of them recognise that they simply aren’t “cool” or “hip” enough to meet the needs of attracting a younger speedway fan base to Smallbrook, so have appointed the club’s Social Media Officer, Hayley Stevens, who becomes the first name revealed as being part of the club’s new look management set up.
Attracting the Islands youth is just one several core objectives in Barry and Martin’s overall business plan that includes producing an Isle of Wight-based rider to take a place in a future National League team and it’s recognised that Social media is hugely important nowadays to get the news out in a much more effective way to youngsters, hence Hayley’s appointment.
Speaking about Hayley’s appointment Martin Widman said:
“We are delighted to have Hayley on board and her success so far indicates that she will be a big asset to the club when trying to involve the younger age groups on the Island. I am not sure if she is the youngest person within speedway to have this sort of job but her age is definitely not a barrier to her doing a great job for the club and Barry and I look forward to working with her.”
“I am so excited to be part of the revival of Isle of Wight speedway. It is an amazing opportunity for me and I am really grateful. I set up the Twitter account in the early afternoon on Thursday and by the evening it had more followers than I could have ever imagined. Everyone has responded to it really well and given me some great feedback.
“As a teenager I can be honest and say that I am pretty much addicted to social media and all of my friends are as well! The way to attract a younger audience is definitely through the use of social media and that is what I intend to do. I have big ideas and I want to attract as many people to the club as I possibly can! The future looks very bright for speedway on the island and I’m just really thrilled to be a part of it.”