World Speedway champion, Tom Brennan, has teamed-up with the highly-renowned HideOut Youth Zone, based on Hyde Road, Gorton, to deliver opportunities for local young people.
The 21-year-old prospect has already won a gold and two silver medals racing for Great Britain. This Sunday he races in the SGP2 (World Under-21 Championship) at the Principality Stadium.
Brennan visited HideOut to launch the partnership ahead of his big date in Cardiff, showing off his unique racesuit using HideOut logos.
Brennan said: “It’s massive for speedway to be promoted with the next generation of youngsters and potential fans.
“It’s such an exciting sport and I’m sure that when young people go for the first time, they love it and want to go back. I’m proud that my club Belle Vue want to work with HideOut.”
Belle Vue CEO Mark Lemon said: “For so long Belle Vue Speedway has been a great sporting institution in this area. But it’s a clear directive for the club to be more integrated into the community and for the next generation in the area to be actively involved in the club.
“We are extremely proud to link-up with HideOut, they are located directly opposite where the Aces original venue on Hyde Road was based. That venue was where the legendary status of the club was established with British World Champions like Peter Craven and Peter Collins.
“We can’t wait to work alongside such a great charity like HideOut. There are exciting times and opportunities ahead.”
Belle Vue, now based at the National Speedway Stadium, will actively integrate with HideOut for projects and potential training for local young people.
These could be opportunities in hospitality, mechanics and media to name a few.
Lara Partridge, Director of Fundraising & Communications at HideOut said of the new partnership: “HideOut thrives on its ability to form partnerships across Manchester that directly benefit the local community of Gorton. The partnership with Belle Vue is one that we are really excited about as we can already see the vast number of opportunities that it will bring to our young people.”
HideOut Youth Zone is a safe and inspiring place for thousands of young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs, to enjoy their leisure time.
Inside the £6.6million Youth Zone, young people are welcomed by friendly, qualified staff and a team of committed volunteers. They have the opportunity to take part in over 20 fun and engaging activities every evening including sports, arts, music, media, dance, drama and much more.
Employability workshops and support are available for any young people who need help getting into employment, education or training. Inside HideOut’s enterprise suite, young people will be encouraged to dream big and develop their entrepreneurial skills.
By providing fantastic opportunities and offering support in a safe and secure environment, HideOut Youth Zone is set to make a real difference in East Manchester.
HideOut Youth Zone is part of the OnSide Network and is supported by Manchester City Council and a number of businesses and philanthropists, who have a vested interest in providing opportunities for Manchester’s young people.
HideOut Youth Zone is based upon the successful OnSide Youth Zones 21st Century Youth Facility Model, where members have access to state-of-the-art facilities for a cost of £5 per year and only 50p per visit. HideOut is dedicated to providing young people with somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to.