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Crawley Parkour opens new gym ‘Traversal’ after winning investment

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Crawley Parkour which recently won investment of £5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund was celebrating on Saturday (10th Feb) as they opened their brand new gym ‘Traversal’.

With the Crawley Mayor in attendance and plenty of people turning up to try out the new classes the afternoon was a roaring success.

Head Coach and Executive Director Drew Ratcliff said:

“Our classes had become so popular that we we’re finding it hard to fit around hall availability and really hard to coach in wet weather conditions.

Our goal is to try and encourage a healthy lifestyle, and offer alternatives to competitive sports like gymnastics and let people have a creative outlet which they can pursue at their own pace.

Traversal is our new warehouse facility.  We’ve spent the past two years trying to open a place of our own, struggled to find a place based in Crawley that was under £50,000. The higher the cost of the warehouse, the higher we’d have to raise the prices, which would have been entirely unacceptable because it would reduce accessibility to the sport.

We’ve now taken over the old furni-aid building, which is a fantastic space that will let us expand what we can teach.

We’re building custom made parkour structures from a local carpenter, who has done a fantastic job making some super stuff so far (nafisi furniture) and with the help of local Arial School Caw Fitness, we’ve managed to get enough heads together to really make this project take flight.

We plan on offering parkour classes, fitness classes, strength and conditioning classes, obstacle course racing classes and many more things in the near future.”

Anyone who wants to find out more information can do so on their facebook page@ https://www.facebook.com/crawleyparkour

Or via their website: https://www.crawleyparkour.org/

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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