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FORMER World Champion Jan O Pedersen has pledged to find British riders for the future – and the 1991 title holder is ready to launch the British Speedway Academy.

The scheme, which is being run in line with the government’s action sports Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence initiative, will be officially launched this Autumn. It is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 18, and has been officially approved by the BSPA and SCB.

Fans and sponsors can get involved with full details on the academic and practical courses plus the supporters’ membership scheme on http://www.speedwayacademy.co.uk/ .

Pedersen said: “As a Dane I am obviously aware of how successful my nation has been in producing riders through youth training and taking them to World individual titles and World Team Cup victories.

“British Speedway has needed a comparative structure for decades and I am pleased to play my part. I must stress that the scheme is not only open to riders in the sport’s Under 16 (Youth) championship but riders from other motorcycle disciplines such as Motocross and Road Racing.”