Schoolboy Jordan is on the fast track to success as Tigers’ new captain
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Schoolboy Jordan Jenkins is juggling his A-Level studies with a full-time job – as one of the country's youngest captains of a senior sport.
The 16-year-old Sprowston Community High School student has been named captain of the Mildenhall Tigers speedway team.
Jordan had a taste of the captaincy on a few occasions last year, during a season when he had to take time out of racing to complete his GCSE exams.
But now he is set to become the youngest captain in the club's history after impressing promoter Kevin Jolly.
'Jordan is mature beyond his years and was a natural in the role when he captained the team late last season,' Jolly said.
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'He is dedicated to the sport and to Mildenhall – he loved the experience last year and was very pleased and proud to accept the job full-time this season.'
'I'm overwhelmed to become captain of a club like Mildenhall,' said Jordan, who is the second youngest member of the team.
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'But I don't think it will change the way I talk to my team-mates. As far as I am concerned it is about talking to each other and offering advice and encouragement - whether they want me to do it or not I will because that's the way a team works. The way we are as a team we are always giving each other advice. I am the type of rider and person who likes helping anyone who needs help, I know they will help me back if I need it. I don't think there is any extra pressure.'
The captaincy bug bit Jordan last season when he had three meetings 'in charge'.
'I really loved it,' he said. 'There was something about it. I didn't have much time to think about it before the first meeting I was captain but I guess it kind of helped me because I got straight into it.'
Jordan is currently studying for three A-levels, in psychology, sociology and product design.
But does a career in speedway beckon?
'I would like to hope it will be a career I can pursue, maybe in a few years time,' he said. 'I'd like to see what I can do in the sport and perhaps ride in Poland and then after that look to go into a promotional or management role.'
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