SWINDON Robins will feature at least twice on British TV this season after new broadcasters BT Spot unveiled their opening set of fixtures.

The Robins will first appear on screen for their SGB Premiership trip to Leicester Lions on Monday, July 17 – that fixture having originally been pencilled in for Saturday, July 29.

BT’s cameras will then make their only currently scheduled trip to the Abbey Stadium on Monday, August 21 as Swindon host King's Lynn Stars, with that meeting having also been brought forward from its previous slot on August 24.

All eight Premiership clubs will feature on BT Sport, who will also be showing the Speedway Grand Prix series and World Cup for a second season.

The move means BT Sport is the new home of speedway on British TV with 34 speedway events broadcast live during 2017, with their 18 live broadcast British fixtures starting with the British final on Monday, June 19 at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “This is superb news for speedway fans. We’re thrilled to make BT Sport the home of British Speedway. We think fans will relish our coverage and we hope BT Sport will be able convert many more viewers into fans of the sport when they see how exciting and exhilarating it is.”

Keith Chapman, chairman of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association, said: “We’re delighted to welcome BT Sport as our broadcast partners for the 2017 season. They successfully hosted the Grand Prix and World Cup last year and we’re pleased to showcase Speedway on the same channel alongside those tournaments.

“This is great news for British TV viewers who will now be able to see regular speedway, both at league and international level. We’re expecting an exciting and entertaining season that will once again show a wider audience what a thrilling spectacle the sport is.”

Swindon chairman Terry Russell, who negotiated the new deal through his Go Speed International Ltd company, said: "We're extremely pleased British Speedway has a home on BT Sport alongside the GP and World Cup. It's good news for the sport and I'm sure our fans will enjoy the coverage BT Sport provides.

"The meetings scheduled look great, including of course the play-offs, which always provide great drama and TV entertainment.”