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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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On ya’ bike! Residents invited to explore Crawley on two wheels

Crawley residents are invited to take part in guided bicycle tours to discover local network routes during two events.

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Families in Crawley can explore the town on two wheels and discover the local cycle network routes, guided by local people from Cycling UK and Sustrans.

Crawley Borough Council are supporting the guided rides, which includes a tour of Crawley’s parks and green lanes on 27 May and the Annual Crawley Family Bike Ride on 10 June.

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On 27 May, residents and visitors are invited to meet at 10am at Three Bridges station where the ride will pass through parks and quiet residential streets, exploring the cycle paths towards the historic Ifield Mill.

There will be plenty of time to tour the Mill before returning to Three Bridges station at 1pm

On 10 June, at Oriel School Fitness Centre, Bikes Revived will be hosting a Dr Bike session from 9.30am, where you can get your bike checked over and in good working order before the Family Bike Ride leaves at 10am and goes along the beautiful Worth Way off-road track to East Grinstead.

There will be time to get some light refreshments and look at the steam trains before returning to Oriel School for 1.30-2.00pm.

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Cycling is the way forward for quick journeys and keeping well. There have been recent improvements to cycle routes in the town and more are scheduled. These guided rides are a great, fun way to brush up your cycling skills and explore the town on two wheels! It’s a very popular event and a good way to make friends – I’ve really enjoyed it in previous years.”

Cyclists of all ages are welcome, including children who are able to cycle for about two hours. Please ensure children under 16 are accompanied by a responsible adult and have a helmet. We recommend that all riders bring a water container.

For more information about cycling in Crawley, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/cycling

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