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K2 has a new innovative indoor golf programme

The leisure centre has teamed up with Crawley based company Eclipse Golf to offer coaching sessions and aims to help Crawley residents get on to the golf course.

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K2 Crawley which is operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council is teaming up with Crawley based company Eclipse Golf to offer both children/youth and adult coaching sessions, for those who wish to trial and get started with golf or improve their confidence on the course!

The first sessions are available to book now, starting on Thursday 22nd March at 10am and 11am for Adults as well as 4pm and 5pm for Children. The sessions will be available on Thursdays with the goal to get participants confident and ready to play as quickly as possible. Other days can be made available if interest is high.

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Sessions will cover different topics each week and include a range of essential skills and knowledge as well as fun, effective drills and challenges. You can book full learning courses for groups or individuals, and bespoke coaching, designed to get people ready to play on the golf course as well as improve their swing, short game and putting. All sessions are led by PGA qualified golf coaches.

Dave Downey, Freedom Leisure Active Communities officer, says:

“We are pleased to be introducing this indoor introduction to golf and technique sessions at K2 Crawley as they are very different from the usual golf coaching which tend to be outside at golf clubs and driving ranges, and can be seen by some as intimidating! Being indoors provides a controlled environment to learn which we know will be welcoming and reassuring to beginners or lapsed golfers. They are specially designed to provide the perfect stepping-stone for people to gain enough skill and confidence to progress to an outdoor course or driving range or to improve technique for those looking to progress.

“It is the priority of Freedom Leisure to support the communities in which we operate to become more active and involved with sport, and we know that golf is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to do this. However, research has shown that while Crawley residents have a desire to try golf they don’t know where to start and are worried about setting out on a golf course with no previous experience or skill! These sessions will be fun and will allow groups of friends or families to learn and play golf together.”

Rhys Atkinson, Eclipse Golf Limited, says:

“We are delighted to be able to bring golf into the Leisure Centre environment and give local residents the chance to try this amazing game in a fun, friendly and effective learning environment! It’s a sport that offers many benefits, one of which is that during the average game of 18-holes will well exceed the recommended 10,000 steps a day! Plus it is fun, rewarding, endlessly challenging and the experience can be shared by all abilities, age groups and last a lifetime.”

Prices range from £12.50 – £10 per hour for adults and £7.50 per hour for children.

For more information, or to book and pay, call 01293 223 038, or email enquiries@eclipse-golf.co.uk.

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Crawley vegan loses over 4 stone after joining Broadfield Weight Watchers

After deciding enough is enough, Geri joined Weight Watchers as a vegan and lost 64 and a half pounds.

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Geri Maloney from Broadfield lost 64 and a half pounds after joining Weight Watchers and going vegan.

This month, Broadfield resident Geri Maloney celebrated losing 4½ stone after joining  her local Weight Watchers group.

Geri had always battled with her weight but decided to join Weight Watchers after seeing a photograph of herself on a family holiday.

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Geri explains, “I’ve been overweight my whole adult life. My clothes size kept creeping up and although I was never happy with my size, I just accepted it. Every now and again I would attempt to lose weight; I would lose a stone, feel great and then put it all back on again.”

Following from pregnancy, Geri had gained more weight and decided to transition from vegetarian to vegan, in the hope that the plant-based diet may aid her weight-loss, however Geri still found that she struggled.

She said:

“As veganism is more mainstream now there are so many unhealthy options available that it is very easy to still eat junk food, which I did, and therefore didn’t lose weight. I would very rarely look in a full-length mirror and always tried to avoid having full-length photos taken because I would hate seeing myself.

“I gave up on wearing nice clothes and adopted a uniform of leggings and baggy tops which I thought disguised my weight, but when I saw a photo of me holding my daughter, I thought about what she would think of it when she is older. I didn’t want her to look at it and see the Mum who was too unfit to run around after her once she learnt to walk, or never wanted to go clothes shopping.”

Geri knew that she had to make a change, and after seeing a banner advertising her local Broadfield Weight Watchers meeting, she plucked up the courage to sign up.

“It was one of the best decisions I have ever made; walking in was a little daunting but the welcome that I received from my coach, Sharon and the rest of the members, made me relax in no time. I walked out feeling totally inspired and like I could take on the world!”

Since joining Weight Watchers Geri has learnt new healthy eating habits whilst still enjoying her vegan-friendly food. She says:

“In my first week I learnt how to use the Weight Watchers mobile phone app, and I had great fun walking round the supermarkets scanning all my favourite foods, and was surprised by how many of the foods I loved were not off limits. The Flex plan has encouraged me to start cooking more using some of the zero-point foods like tofu, lentils, chickpeas and beans – they’re so versatile and really good for padding out meals to make me feel full and satisfied for longer.”

Now Geri has reached her goal weight and became a Weight Watchers Gold member, she says it’s not just about the weight she has lost, but everything else that she has gained!

“Losing weight has increased my confidence and made me feel fitter. I can go out for a walk with my daughter and chase her around without needing to sit down and rest afterwards.”

A Gold membership is awarded to members once they have achieved their goal weight. As well as receiving a certificate for their achievement, Gold members can attend meetings free of charge and as often as they like, if they stay within 5lbs of their target weight.

Coach Sharon Ashborn says:

“I love Geri because she’s so funky and hip! She brings sparkle to the room, encourages and supports our other members and always contributes to the meeting talks. The best part is she inspires and amazes me with her vegan diet, and how she has continued to follow it alongside the Flex plan.

“As Geri continues to attend the meetings, I will continue to support and encourage her to continue with the fantastic work she has done so far to ensure she will stay on track and take control of her goals for good.”

When asked if she had one piece of advice for people considering joining Weight Watchers, she said, “stop thinking about it and do it, just join! Embrace it and you will achieve your goal!”

Sharon Ashborn runs six meetings a week across West Sussex:

Monday at 5.30pm – Broadfield Youth and Community Centre
Tuesday at 6.30pm – Southwater Leisure Centre
Thursday at 8.45 & 10am – Southwater Leisure Centre
Friday at 9.30am – Haywards Heath St Wilfrids Church Hall
Saturday at 9.45am – Broadfield Youth and Community Centre

To find out more about Sharon’s Weight Watchers meetings email sashborn@weight-watchers.co.uk or visit www.weightwatchers.com/uk to find out about other meetings.

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