Award for Mel
Hethersett man has received a national honour to mark over four decades of
dedicated service to the sport of cycle speedway.
Perkins received the 2008 Eastern Region Volunteers award at the British
Cycling presentation evening at the De Vere Hotel in the Reebok Stadium
– home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
award was “in recognition of outstanding work as a club official.”
national ceremony recognises the champions alongside the unsung heroes
that contribute to the various sports encompassed under the cycling
banner. The awards were presented by double 2008 Paralympic gold medal
winning rider Sarah Storey OBE; Sally Moore from sponsors Leigh Day &
Co Solicitors; and Halfords product manager Andy Smallwood.
has been involved in Hethersett cycle speedway for 44 years.
was asked to race for a friend’s team and the following year I started
my own club in Hethersett at the age of 16,” he said.
the same time as founding Hethersett Hawks, Mel also became minutes’
secretary of the local league.
he is secretary and manager of Hethersett Hawks, organising weekly club
nights, matches, team selection, transport, a weekly newsletter as well as
keeping club records and preparing the track on the Memorial Playing
is also co-ordinator of the Norfolk Cycle Speedway Association where he
deals with fixtures, results and county teams; chairman, treasurer and
fixtures co-ordinator for the South-East League; and manager of the
British Youth and Junior League where he co-ordinates fixtures, results
and issues circulars and co-ordinates events.
believe my greatest achievement has been in keeping a village club going
for 44 years and developing local riders to achieve four British team
championships and three individual British champions. My motivation has
been to keep youngsters off the streets and get them involved in a great
team sport which provides them with the security of club life and an
opportunity to achieve at the highest level. It has been very rewarding to
see riders develop from raw novices to become some of the top riders in
the country and also to see new riders taking up the sport,” he said.
is also the founder and secretary of Hethersett Athletic Football Club.