Council haven’t supported clubs hit by Meadowbank closure says former Boxing champ

A number of clubs have been impacted by Edinburgh's Meadowbank Sports Centre closure.
A number of clubs have been impacted by Edinburgh's Meadowbank Sports Centre closure.
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Former world champion Alex Arthur has criticised the council for failing to provide proper accommodation for sporting clubs based at Meadowbank following the closure.

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The stadium, which closed at the weekend, is home to a number of organisations including Meadowbank Boxing Club.

While the club will benefit from having access to the revamped Meadowbank in 2020, according to reports it is having short-term issues in finding a temporary home.

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And the former Commonwealth Games gold medalist, who had a number of fights at the stadium, has criticised the Council for failing to support sporting clubs that rely on the facility.

He told The National: “This a real boxing club with real boxing people, including the head coach, John McCarron.

“It is a tragedy that this club is being so badly affected, especially at the moment as we have an abundance of youth talent at Meadowbank.

“We have nowhere to go, it’s ridiculous.”

He added: “While we appreciate the need to move out so they can rebuild Meadowbank, the council should have done much more than they have for the clubs.

“It offered us two places but neither was usable and I think they just did it to say they had offered us something.”

Edinburgh Athletic Club is another sports club to be affected by the closure and has still not found a new premises to use.

On the official website, the club wrote: “We move forward without a home for now but utilising what facilities we have found across the city, staying united and keeping the standards high over the next couple of years until the new Meadowbank is open.

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“The determination and commitment of each and every member will ensure the continued success of Scotland’s award-winning club.”

An Edinburgh Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the impact of closing Meadbank Sports Centre will have on regular users which is why extensive notices were given.

“Where possible, we have been working with users, including the boxing club, to search for new training sites.

“We explored a number of potential venues for boxing training, but unfortunately, the club deemed all of our options to be unsuitable.”