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SWINDON ROBINS SET TO MISS 2022 SEASON

Swindon Robins have confirmed they will not return to the SGB Premiership for 2022.

06 / 10 / 2021, 10:08

Swindon Robins have confirmed they will not return to the SGB Premiership for 2022.

The Blunsdon club raced to the first league and cup double in its history in 2019, led by SGP star Jason Doyle and Troy Batchelor.

But Robins opted out of the 2021 SGB Premiership season due to planned building work at their Blunsdon home, which is still to be completed. And with this work set to continue into 2022, Robins promoter Terry Russell admits they could not commit to racing next year.

We have to commit to the league now and we do not have enough certainty around the stadium works to make such a commitment.

Terry Russell

He said: “We have to commit to the league now and we do not have enough certainty around the stadium works to make such a commitment.

“We have been liaising closely with the stadium owners and understand their frustrations coming out of planning delays and the pandemic. The timetable for works cuts well into the 2022 season and prevents us from forming a team and promotion.

“I have read local press coverage saying that the works will be complete by the end of this year and many speedway supporters will have taken this to indicate that we are going to be ready for 2022. The article I am afraid is misinformed and the actual timetable of works will take those facilities necessary for speedway racing into the summer.

“This is a real blow to everyone connected with and supporting the club, but the circumstances have been out of our control and out of the control of the stadium owners. We will continue to work with the stadium owners and will provide updates as the works starts and progresses.”

Stadium MD, George Edwards says the impact of the pandemic took its toll on a venue, which also stages greyhound racing.

He said: “This status is disappointing for everyone and very frustrating. The world changed in March 2020 and I expect that we will be feeling the consequences for some time to come.

“We have reacted to shorten the build time and to start work as soon as possible, but we have faced a set of extraordinary circumstances. Despite making changes to the delivery programme and cutting every corner possible, we simply cannot deliver the facilities in time for the 2022 season.

“Building a new facility whilst operating the old with five sessions per week, presents many logistical hurdles and inevitably extends the construction time. But, this was always the case and I believe we have organised the plan to provide the shortest possible timetable with the minimum disruption to greyhound racing. We will continue to work closely with Terry during the construction programme.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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