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Swimmers ‘smashed their targets’ at K2 Crawley’s Swimathon

The event which took place on Sunday (29 April) was a huge success and saw many swimmers beat their targets.

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Ivan Horsfall-Turner gets his medal from centre event orgaiser Dan Cooper

39 individuals took part in the 2018 Swimathon at K2 Crawley on Sunday (29 April).

At around 11am, 39 people completed the 2018 Swimathon at K2 Crawley, operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council – some as teams, some on their own, all for varying distanced between 400m and 5km.

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The centre site team was particularly excited as Freedom Leisure’s Managing Director Ivan Horsfall-Turner had chosen to swim the event in the centre’s 50m pool – with an additional element of challenging all 3000+ Freedom Leisure staff to a swim off!

He threw down the gauntlet, that any staff member entering the Swimathon (across any of their 40+ swimmining pools in the UK) who could beat his 5km swim time would be able to have them at their beck and call for a day at their own leisure centre!

At the time of writing times are still to be verified, with further events to take place.

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K2 Crawley entered a staff team into the team 5km distance, (requiring a total of 100 lengths of the pool to be swum) and they had two special additions to their team, Area Manager Daryl Keech was join by his son Dexter 6 and daughter Summer 4, who swam 6 lengths for the team between them!

Left to Right: Ben Fletcher, Brendon Murphy-Mitchell, Adam Jones, Jonathan Hodgson, Darryl Keech, Dan Cooper, Abbey Allenby, Daniel Cutler.

Area Manager Daryl Keech – with Son Dexter (6) after he swim 4 lengths for team K2

Swimmer of the day goes to eight year old Ethan Huntly who signed up to swim 400m but smashed his own target by swimming a whopping 1500 metres!

Ethan with mum Rachel Huntly who did the 5km distance

Another swimmer Charlotte Kingsbury swam her longest ever distance to date, training hard beforehand she had made it as far as 1200 meters, so was stoked to make the full 1.5k she’d signed up for! in 47mins25sec.

Charlotte swam her target 1.5km in 47 minutes and 25 seconds

Centre Manager, Jonathan Hodgson says:

“This is such a fun event, and the atmosphere is always really buzzing – plus we are raising money for good courses. This year the event at K2 Crawley held additional excitement for the team as our MD was swimming here, and he had challenged staff to a race – it was tempting not to try and slow him down, or add a few extra minutes to his time, but then we wanted to give him a sporting chance!

Freedom Leisure’s MD, Ivan Horsfall-Turner during his 5km swim

“Yet again this year we had swimmers of all ages, children to grandparents – some swimming as families and some solo, the youngest in the pool was 4 years old – she swum for the centre team and clocked up two lengths for us, we are so proud of her! Everyone who entered smashed their targets and some even did more! A massive thanks to all who took part!”

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Huge change at K2 as new management wins contract

The centre will be under new management from November this year.

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K2 Crawley will see a huge change later this year as a new management company is set to take over from freedom leisure.

The leisure centre will be under new management from November and is saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

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Following a competitive procurement process, Crawley Borough Council’s (CBC) Cabinet has agreed to award the contract for running K2 Crawley to Sport and Leisure Management (SLM) Ltd. The company trades as Everyone Active.

Crawley Borough Council say the new management arrangement will save local taxpayers every year. A press release from CBC says SLM will be ‘working in partnership with the council to proactively improve health and wellbeing of the whole community through increased opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.’

The contract also includes the management and operation of the gym, sports hall and café in the Bewbush Centre and the 3G pitch and pavilion in Broadfield.

In addition to the financial benefits, the Everyone Active proposal is committed to further develop each of the sites through investment and providing high quality services that meet and exceed customer expectations. The company will target 90 per cent customer satisfaction and introduce a quality management system to achieve an excellent rating in year two of the contract and outstanding by year four.

Everyone Active will work in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, sports clubs, stakeholders and partners to deliver innovative programmes that will contribute towards increased participation, providing opportunities from beginner to elite level.

The leisure contractor, who are the longest-established in the UK having been founded in 1987, manage 168 leisure and cultural centres across the UK and are already in partnership with over 58 different local authorities.

Investment to further enhance the facilities has been identified by Everyone Active, which includes improvements to the café facilities, energy efficiency schemes such as an LED replacement lighting scheme, and health and fitness equipment replacement programmes to enhance the customer experience. Staff will also benefit with the introduction of the Living Wage Foundation pay rates in accordance with the council’s commitment as a Living Wage employer.

In preparation for the new contract Crawley Borough Council has invested more than £1m into K2 Crawley. This has included the health and fitness extension, climbing wall improvements making it Olympic ready, additional car parking spaces, a brand new 3G playing surface and a combined heat and power unit which will contribute significantly to reducing the carbon footprint of the building.

More than 1.3 million people use K2 Crawley every year, making it one of the most popular leisure centres in the south east. As well as providing a huge range of sport and fitness activities, K2 Crawley also hosts national and international tournaments.

Everyone Active operates 168 leisure centres on behalf of 58 local authorities across the country and has an excellent record of delivering high quality services having achieved Swim England’s Swimming Operator of the Year and UK Active Fitness Operator of the Year on multiple occasions.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said:

“This is a fantastic deal for both taxpayers and the thousands of people who use K2 Crawley every day, from local residents to top athletes.

“We’ve chosen Everyone Active to manage K2 Crawley on our behalf following a very competitive tender process. Everyone Active demonstrated that they could provide high quality services as well as deliver a financial benefit to the council.”

Everyone Active’s Regional Contract Manager, Ian Cook said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen to work with Crawley Borough Council to manage the three leisure facilities including the prestigious K2 Crawley Leisure Centre.

“Everyone Active has extensive experience of engaging people in physical activity and reducing levels of inactivity. We look forward to working collaboratively with Crawley Borough Council and its wellbeing provision to provide a high-quality service and offer more opportunities for people to get active, both in the centres and in the community.”

The current leisure management contract for K2 Crawley with Freedom Leisure ends on 13 November 2018. The new contract will begin on 14 November.

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