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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’s rising sports stars encouraged to apply for sponsorship through scheme

The scheme helps local athletes by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.



Up-and-coming athletes in Crawley are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local sports provider as part of its talent development programme.

Everyone Active, who will be taking over management of the leisure provision in Crawley in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, is calling for aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Sporting Champions scheme.

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The scheme helps local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice. From grass roots athletes through to Olympic medallists, it has already aided more than 800 people on their sporting journeys.

Successful candidates will be awarded with bronze, silver or gold sponsorship packages. All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars. Over the last year, scheme ambassador and Olympic medallist, Colin Jackson CBE, has hosted a number of mentoring days offering advice on topics including nutrition, money management and mental wellbeing. Alongside some of the country’s best athletes, Colin plays an integral part in providing both one-to-one and group mentoring opportunities to the athletes.

Stuart Mills, contract manager at Everyone Active, said:

“Since we launched the scheme in 2016, we have invested over £500,000 in helping the next generation of sports stars to achieve both national and international success.

“We are committed to offering support and funding for athletes from across Crawley and I would urge local athletes to apply for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme so that we can help them on their journey.”

Applications are now open and will close on 31 October 2018, and aspiring athletes are advised to email: for an application form.

For more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme please visit

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