PIRATES are set to offer any NHS worker free entry to Wimborne Road when the 2020 season eventually gets underway.

British Speedway chiefs this week confirmed it would be “unlikely” the campaign would begin until at least June 15, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But Poole are keen to honour NHS staff who are tirelessly working to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Owner Matt Ford, who is now based in France, said: "I have been following closely all the news stories back home concerning the brilliant work that NHS employees have been doing.

“It really is remarkable dedication that they have given. It's the same over here with the medical teams working round the clock but some of the stories I have read, and the ends that NHS staff have gone to, in fulfilling their duty are astonishing.

“The country owes them all a massive debt and we at Poole Speedway want to recognise their marvellous efforts in allowing any NHS worker into our 2020 meetings free of charge, on production of their NHS ID card."

Co-promoter Danny Ford said: "You hear every day of a different story that simply tugs at your heartstrings.

“The work that the NHS team are expected to do in an effort to keep us all safe is amazing.

“Dad and I have spoken about this and by offering them a free visit to the speedway we feel that we giving them something, very small, back in return.”