Labour leader Ed Miliband MP joined Lucy Powell at the National Cycling Centre, in Manchester, today (Friday) to look at how the city is inspiring people to take part in sport.
The velodrome is the home of the national cycling team, which brought back an impressive haul of medals from the London Olympics.
But as well as supporting elite cyclists the staff at the centre regularly work with children and young people, inspiring them to try the sport and helping them to develop their potential.
Ed and Lucy dropped into a training session at the velodrome, open to veteran cyclists – where they spoke to senior members of the national cycling coaching team.
Then they were given a tour of the state of the art BMX track where they met a group of young people aged eight to 15 taking part in a beginners session.
Lucy Powell, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, said:
“I was delighted to be able to bring Ed to see such a fantastic facility at the heart of our community where people – both young and old – have access and the opportunity to stay healthy and take part in an exiting sport.
“Manchester is extremely proud of the elite cyclists who returned from the Olympics with a haul of medals. But the velodrome is just as focussed on offering people the chance to try out cycling whether they will become the next Chris Hoy or cycle for pleasure.
“Instead of building a positive Commonwealth and Olympic legacy, David Cameron is doing the opposite and making it much harder for people to get involved in sport whether it’s scrapping access to sport facilities or limiting PE lessons in school. Manchester deserves better.”