Speedway Australia’s Kids to Grids is the sport’s new comprehensive youth training and coaching program. The aim of the program is to develop talent in Speedway from a younger age, educating drivers about aspects both on and off the track. Via this online platform, competitors and parents are able to work through a series of videos, followed by Q&A’s. Kids to Grids is provided free of charge and can be accessed using any device with internet connectivity.
The course is broken into three levels being; Beginner, Further Development & High Performance. As the name suggests, the first level is aimed at people brand new to the sport or those attending ‘have a go’ type events. This flows through to the High Performance module focusing on in-depth information for established youth competitors.
The topics covered throughout the program vary depending on the level. Beginner topics include licensing, race gear, flags & raceceivers, car control and more. Further development covers the rule book, race craft, plus basic media and marketing skills. Finally, High Performance includes a more advanced look at media & marketing, as well as personal-trainer designed health and fitness videos.
Online training will also be complemented with at track coaching & mentoring set to roll out, which will be provided by trained volunteer coaches, each assigned to a dedicated venue or regional area.