Lothian Buses on board with Go Edinburgh 2016 campaign

Lothian Buses is lending its support to the Go Edinburgh 2016 campaign and residents of the capital will be seeing its new sporty buses across the city from Friday 12 July 2013.

Edinburgh is up against Dundee and Stirling to be named the location for the new £25million National Performance Centre for Sport (NPCS). Heriot-Watt University teamed up with City of Edinburgh Council to submit its bid and has already attracted support from sporting legends such as Sir Chris Hoy and Gavin Hastings.

The NPCS will provide Scotland's top athletes with the facilities, programmes and services that will enable them to prepare to excel on the international stage. A decision on the successful bidder is expected later in the summer with the new centre scheduled to open in 2016.

Ian Craig, Chief Executive, Lothian Buses said: "We're completely on board with the Go Edinburgh 2016 campaign. Edinburgh is a fantastic city for athletes and it should be a natural choice for the NPCS. We hope all our passengers join in to support the campaign and make Edinburgh the sports capital of Scotland."

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Deputy Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "It's great to see Lothian Buses throwing their support behind Edinburgh's bid for the National Performance Centre for Sport. Having iconic buses driving around the city, decked out in the Go Edinburgh colours, will raise awareness of our bid and demonstrate to all those involved how keen the Capital is to host this sporting facility."

Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said, "Heriot-Watt has strong sporting credentials and we've submitted an exciting and innovative bid for the NPCS.

"Our desire is to create a world class sporting facility that will have a positive impact on the preparation of our athletes, readying them to compete successfully on the world stage.

"It's crucial that the city gets behind us and lets all the decision-makers know that Edinburgh is the best choice for the NPCS."

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