Pontefract Youth Karting Team – The Badgers

Unfortunately this group is no longer able to meet due to the closure of Raceway Karting in Pontefract.

Pontefract Youth Karting Project “The Badgers”

MALTRA and West Yorkshire NPT are supporting a group of young people from the district teaching them skills to become budding go kart drivers, mechanics and pit crew.  The ultimate aim is to form teams who will compete against other communities around the country to compete in NatSKA and British Schools Karting Championship events.

Why not have a look at the video diaries on the Gallery page to see what they’ve been getting up to.

Thanks to Andy Hirst and his team at Raceway Karting, Skinner Lane, Pontefract who are coaching the teams and providing the track FREE for practice sessions.  Thank you Andy for your generous contribution to this project and support to The Badgers!

If you are a local company or organisation and wish to sponsor one of the team’s karts or you can donate any funds to help buy essential kit for the teams (helmets, gloves, suits etc.) then please get in touch. If you sponsor we will advertise your group/organisation on our karts and/or literature!

In the News! (Extract from a recent news article)

Generous donation helps local young people in Pole Position!

A big thanks to Harworth Estates who have generously donated £2,000 to help the Pontefract Neighbourhood Policing Team and Monkhill & Ladybalk Tenant’s and Resident’s Association and Raceway Karting’s established and successful youth go karting team “The Badgers”. The funding was secured by local resident Mr Martin Coleman.The money will go towards helping purchase protective clothing, improve and expand the team as well as being able to develop new and more competitive racing karts. Harworth Estates have been big supporters of the team in previous years and were keen to carry on their generous support.

As a thank you three of the local managers from Harworth Estates attended the Raceway and took on the Badgers in a full competition, with practice and full grid start races of A and B finals.

All groups involved are passionate about keeping young people on the straight and narrow and by providing this opportunity it has been proven that anti-social behaviour has reduced in the locality. The activity is also promoting healthy activity and competition, raising profiles for those young people who need encouragement and support and building relationships, promoting lawful activity and hopefully encouraging a sense of achievement.The group is always seeking additional funding from external public and private sectors which would assist in bringing in more young people to try the experience of karting and to buy much needed safety clothing and equipment. To bring in and develop new talent who will benefit from the experience. If you can help please get in touch with Raceway Karting on 01977 600030.Pictured with the Badgers are PC3475 Heaslip, Martin Coleman local resident, youth worker Roger Newbould , Raceway Karting owner Andy Hirst, managers from Harworth Estates Ian Rodgers, Iain Thomson, Chris Davidson.

British Schools Karting Championships 2016

Two Badgers teams have been entered into the 2016 BSKC.The 1st round was held at the Raceway Karting Track in Pontefract and the teams were successful in qualifying for the Regional Final on 20 April – they were placed 1st and 3rd out of 11 participating teams.


On 20 April the Badgers took part in the North of England Regional Finals held at TeamSport Leeds Karting Track. Other teams from all parts of the region including Altringham, Huddersfield, Nantwich and York participated.

Over 6 very competitive races, the Badgers Team A and B were able to secure 1st and 3rd places, to qualify for the grand final in July.

For up to the minute news on the BSKC visit their website BSKC Website

The photographs show team A – Becky, Sam and Ellis and Team B – Callum, Robyn and Jordan.

karting team

News from the BSKC Finals on 2 July 2016

On Saturday 2nd July the Pontefract Badgers Racing Team provided 2 teams for this years British Schools Karting Championships at the Whilton Mills Race Track near Daventry.  24 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland battled over 8 races to establish the “Champion of Champions”.

The organisers described the event as the most competitive final they’d seen in its 10 year history.

The “A” team finished 19th and the “B” team were 24th (but they were a driver down) so effectively lost a third so effectively lost a third of all their available scores.

Our best placed driver over the 8 races was a 3rd.

The event was won by the Brentwood School in Essex.  2nd place was taken by Berwickshire High School and third went to the Gordon School, Surrey.

199 team took part in the local and regional finals.  There were only 24 teams in the GB final.

Just by getting to the final we have 2 teams in the top 12% in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

badgers 1 badgers 2           badgers 3

Contact us:

For further information about The Badgers please contact Raceway Karting on Tel: 01977 600030 / email: enquiries@racewaykarting.com / website

Wakefield Council Youth Work Team is a subsidiary of WMDC Children and Young People's Directorate (c) Wakefield Council 2013