News Release: Athletic club will seek name change

The most successful athletic club in Scotland is to consider changing its name in protest at council proposals to seriously downsize Meadowbank.

Senior athletics coach Bill Walker has told Councillors he will seek to drop the word Edinburgh from the name of his club.

He said: “We are called Edinburgh Athletic Club but do not receive any grant from the Council. I will use my energies to find a sponsor for our club to ensure we remove Edinburgh from the club name. We have been very proud to say we represent our city but I feel we can no longer do this when the city is treating its athletes so badly.”

At a meeting a fortnight ago, Councillors endorsed a report that proposed selling upwards of one third of the land for housing and building a smaller arena with significantly less facilities.

“There is to be no space for throws, poll vault, steeplechase or storage,” continued Walker. “The warm-up area is to be scrapped and the running track moved to a wholely inappropriate part of the site.”

Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor said he understood the athletes frustration. “Other sports will be similarly affected. Council officials propose to do without outdoor five-a-side pitches, a gymnastic hall and many of the indoor halls. These may be included in a second stage but then only if more money becomes available in the future. Cycling has been hit even harder with only a vague promise of talks.”

Read published article in Evening News.

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