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National leisure and cultural trust vows to reduce plastic and coffee cup waste

In an attempt to recycle over 10 tonnes of non-reusable cups a year, National leisure and cultural trust vows to reduce plastic and coffee cup waste.



Not-for-profit leisure trust, Freedom Leisure, which manages over 80 leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of partners across the UK, pledges its commitment to lowering plastic waste and increase recycling via its centres.

The operator has already put steps in place which will see around 200,000 plastic straws and pieces of plastic cutlery phased out of its centres over the coming months, while customers will be urged to, and supported with, the recycling of plastic bottles.

A scheme will also be implemented to reduce the number of single use coffee cups customers use, along with measures to ensure that as many as possible of those which are used, make it to one of the few recycling plants in the UK which can process and recycle them.

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure says:

“We have to make this commitment now, it’s not easy or cost efficient but we can no longer shirk the responsibility and more importantly, we don’t want to! As a responsible, high-quality, community-focused and environmentally aware organisation we want to play our part in tackling this important issue.

“We have already taken actions to eradicate unnecessary plastic cutlery and straws from our centres, replacing them with more environmentally friendly options and more importantly, at much lower quantities. We will also embark on a project to support our customers with the recycling of plastic bottles, while actively encouraging refillable options. We removed plastic cups at water dispensers from all our gyms a while ago, and instigated a refillable only option which has worked well, receiving praise from users. Going forward we are also looking to drastically reduce the number of single use coffee cups; working with our customers to encourage the use of multi-use crockery and refillable travel cups.

“All such incentives inevitably come at a price to an organisation, both financial and labour, but we are committed to them and sincerely hope that our customers will support this move.”

Freedom Leisure states that customers will start to notice changes in the coming months and that all the while; they will continue to investigate ways to make other improvements wherever possible.

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Crawley to host Snooker’s English Open

Crawley will welcome the best snooker players in the world later this year when the English Open comes to the town.



Taking place at K2 Crawley from October 15th to 21st, it will be the first world ranking event ever staged in the West Sussex town.

The English Open is the first of the 2018/19 season’s Home Nations events, to be followed by tournaments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It brings together 128 of the world’s top stars, competing in a flat draw with all players needing to win seven matches to take the Steve Davis Trophy.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title last year in Barnsley by thrashing Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the final.

Once again there will be a £1 million bonus on offer to any player who can win all four Home Nations events over the 2018/19 season. The Home Nations series receives extensive live television coverage from Eurosport and Quest.

K2 Crawley staged the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open in 2015 and will now host the final stages of a tournament for the first time.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said:

“This is fantastic news for the people of Crawley and the surrounding area as they will have the chance to watch the best players on the planet live in action. Having staged qualifiers at K2 Crawley before we know it is an excellent venue and I hope to see the place packed out with fans.

“The English Open is the first tournament to be staged on UK soil next season and what a fantastic event it will be, with 128 top stars battling for glory. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s performance in the final last year was arguably the best of the 2017/18 season as he had a 98 per cent pot success rate. And Ronnie definitely had his eyes on the £1 million bonus until he lost in the third round of the Northern Ireland Open.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the team in Crawley on staging another top class event. It’s always a pleasure to bring a big tournament to a new location and once tickets are on sale they will be selling fast.”

Jonathon Hodgson Freedom Leisure Centre Manager says:

“We are delighted to be hosting this world class event at K2 Crawley where we pride ourselves on our quality facilities, and by hosting this prestigious competition we are not only putting the leisure centre on a worldwide stage but Crawley too.

“At Freedom Leisure our focus is on supporting increased participation in sport and for Crawley Borough Council an active Crawley is very important. High profile sporting events such as these serve to inspire people and leave lasting legacies. We hope that local families with older children will take the opportunity to spectate – as who knows Crawley may even have the next snooker world champion.”

Details of how to buy tickets will be released soon.

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