Scalextric racing club on track following national award

21 May 2012

Community initiative Hy-Speed celebrates Congregational Federation Award


A community initiative that seeks to support the relationship between fathers and their children today announced it had won a prestigious national award. Hy-Speed, which is a Scalextric racing club founded by Highbury Congregational Church in Cheltenham, confirmed that it had won a prestigious ‘Congregational Community Award’ for its efforts to help family relationships and support community needs.

Launched in January 2011 the club meets one Saturday a month and has grown rapidly, with its informal and fun atmosphere becoming increasingly popular with local fathers and their children.

Highbury Congregational Church decided to launch Hy-Speed to enable fathers to spend quality time with their children – there are two sessions aimed at different age groups. The earlier session is for children aged seven plus accompanied by a male adult, and the later one is for children 13 and over, or 11 with a male adult.

With project costs met by the church and supplemented by small entry fees, the club has grown rapidly and its popularity is such that the Hy-Speed committee is now advising other churches on how to set up and run similar schemes through their congregations.

Chairman of Hy-Speed’s committee and the project founder, Peter Tennant, was on hand to receive the award and £2,000 prize money at the 40th Assembly of the Congregational Federation in Dunfermline.

Peter Tennant, founder of Hy-Speed and member of Highbury Congregational Church, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award for our project and would like to thank Congregational Insurance and the Congregational Federation for recognising the important role that Hy-Speed plays in the local community.

“Hy-Speed provides a relaxed yet exciting atmosphere for fathers and their children to spend quality time together and is a vital resource for both church members and other families in the local community.

“We are delighted to have won the award and the prize money will be spent increasing the number of cars and track we have so more are able to race. Further resources will also be purchased to entertain the children whilst they are waiting for their turn on the track.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager from Congregational, said: “We are thrilled that Hy-Speed has won this award as the project clearly meets an important need within the local community.

“Hy-Speed has demonstrated that providing a fun activity in a safe and informal atmosphere enables families to communicate, enjoy quality time and strengthen their relationships.

“When visiting the project we were struck by just how popular the monthly events are and the wider recognition Hy-Speed is now receiving from other churches wishing to set up similar projects. We are pleased that this award and the prize will enable them to continue their good work.”

The Congregational Federation Community Awards seek to recognise local schemes that make a positive impact in their community. The awards are sponsored by Congregational & General Insurance which has run a community award scheme for the past fifteen years.