Liberton High School pupils were the first of this year's participants in the Scottish Schools Cycle Speedway League to pay a visit to the Jack Kane Centre in Edinburgh for a training session on 3 February.
The eight pupils and staff found the small but fast indoor circuit much more challenging than the outdoor track at Redbraes Park which they visited last Autumn. However, after an hour of coaching under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Falcons coach Gavin Kennedy, all of the pupils were ready to take part in some training races. The racing which followed was extremely competitive, with some fast starting and amazing overtaking on show.
Also in attendance was Scottish Track Cycling Champion and British bronze medallist Emma Baird. Emma couldn't resist having a go herself and showed excellent ability on what was her first time on a cycle speedway bike. However, like a number of the pupils, Emma also came into close contact with the track surface after over-cooking the final bend!
The mid-term break means that there will be no action this week or next, with Dunfermline's Queen Anne High School the next visitors on 24 February. Further visits by Inverkeithing High School and Tynecastle High School are planned in early March. The league itself kicks off on 9 March with a mouth-watering Fife Derby between Inverkeithing High School and Queen Anne High School.