STOP Edinburgh Council from selling off the 5 a side pitches at Powerleague Portobello.

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I'm a 58 year old man living in Portobello. Like many men, I didn't do much exercise after I left school but in recent years I have rediscovered the pure joy of playing football on the fantastic 3G surfaces at Powerleague, Portobello. I'm probably one of the oldest guys there but it's a game that is played by men and women of all ages and ability and it's also the perfect arena for teaching kids to play the game.

Like everyone else who plays here, I'm devastated to learn that the Council has put the site up for sale. Yes, the sale receipt is ring-fenced to help pay for the redevelopment of Meadowbank, but we shouldn't have to rob Peter to pay Paul.

With Scotland's obesity levels we should not be closing down important sport and leisure facilities like this.

We call upon City of Edinburgh Council and Powerleague to IMMEDIATELY halt the sale of this facility, which is enjoyed by hundreds of local people until ALL options have been discussed with the local community and alternative facilities are in place.

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