REMI Burchardt has been appointed Astley and Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club captain for 2009.

The Leigh based 2004 European Junior Champion is ready to embark on his fourth season for A and T and is keen to see the club make progress this season in the Northern League.

A and T riders Przemek Binkowski and Dariusz Pilas have both been selected to race for a strong Poland squad competing in the World Championships in Australia next month.

Astley and Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club start their pre-season training at Gin Pit on Sunday.

The under 13s session will be held between 2pm and 3pm, followed by the seniors’ session between 3pm and 4pm. Sunday sessions will run up to and including March 1.

Junior sessions will also be held on Tuesdays, starting at 7pm, with seniors’ Thursday sessions at 7pm running from February 5.

The first Northern League match of the season is scheduled for March 8.

Existing, former and new riders are all invited to attend the sessions, which take place at the cycle speedway track at the Astley and Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club, Meanley Road, Gin Pit, Astley, M29 7DW.

For further information, contact Mike Hack at