Meadowbank is a national facility with great role models and needs to be saved for the sake of our children, according to Eric Easton, a teacher at Portobello High School.
For the past couple of years he has taken children to the velodrome for taster sessions. “I take the kids to Meadowbank because it is the only national facility within the school catchment,” he explains. “Scottish Cycling and the Edinburgh Racers have gone out of their way to accommodate us.”
“I recently took eight S1 kids there on a Friday afternoon in my own time. The first person they met was Chris Hoy. For Portobello kids to meet an Olympian and multiple world champion was magnificent. They have a role model and a facility where they live. The velodrome needs a little TLC but it is loved and they can see the facility is good enough to take them to the top.
“I have tried to encourage more children at my school to take up cycling. I would love to be able to take more groups of kids there and introduce them to the sport.
“Edinburgh isn’t blessed with many champions or national facilities. Children and youth will lose another facility if the decision to build yet more flats goes ahead.”
Thousands have already objected to the City of Edinburgh Council about its plans for Meadowbank. A new petition to the Scottish Parliament is available through thehttp://www.savemeadowbank.org website or directly at http://epetitions.scottish.parliament.uk/view_petition.asp?PetitionID=260.