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Crawley Boxing Club celebrate new floor after gaining lottery funding

BOXERS at Crawley’s Arthur Hopcraft Gymnasium are celebrating after
securing a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to update their



Crawley boxers training on the new floor with the new markings

The ‘From The Floor Up’ campaign was the brainchild of England Boxing SoutEast Support Officer Avoen PERRYMAN and led by club Chairman Rees HOPCRAFT and Head Coach Paddy HARMEY.

The bid was aimed at repairing and resurfacing the beech floor at the Three Bridges based gym – which was previously tended to 15 years ago – and also to provide much needed gym equipment.

The club comes under the banner of England Boxing which is the National
Governing Body for the sport of boxing in England. All coaches and helpers
are volunteers at Crawley.

Chairman Rees HOPCRAFT said:

“We are so grateful for this grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. We rely entirely on donations such as these and our gym is packed every night. We only charge a fiver a week for under 18’s. It is our way of keeping kids off the streets and teaching them right from wrong, discipline, and teamwork. I would like to thank Avoen and Paddy for all their hard work and to the National Lottery for the grant. It makes a real difference to these kids.”

Crawley boxing fans will have the chance to see their local lads in action
on Sunday, May 26th when the club have their final show of the season at
the Goffs Park Social Club in Southgate. A full bank holiday afternoon’s
boxing is confirmed – doors open at 12 noon and boxing starts at 1pm.
Former undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World and Crawley Boxing Club legend Alan Minter will be presenting the trophies to the boxers

Avoen PERRYMAN with Crawley Boxers Byron GRIMWOOD and Aidan SOUTTER who are both boxing on the 26th May ’19

Fellow VIP guest will be former Crawley boxer and now  British Boxing Board of Control Timekeeper Bob Edgeworth who was in charge of the bell for the Anthony JOSHUA vs Wladimr KLITSCHKO  fight in 2017.

Tickets are available online at ‘We Got Tickets’ – ‘Crawley Boxing Club
Season Finale’
– £15 adult £5 under 16.


Help Crawley Council plan the future of your town

Crawley Borough Council has started work on a review of its local plan that will help to guide development in Crawley over 15 years from 2020-2035.



This draft local plan review follows a review of the existing adopted local plan.

However, there is a greater emphasis on a number of policy areas, including health and wellbeing, higher environmental standards for new houses and housing to meet a wider range of needs.

Crawley Council say that it is important that local people, groups and organisations are able to put across their views and participate in the way that we plan the future of the town.

From now until 16 September they are asking people to let them know what they feel are the most important issues for Crawley that will need to be planned for over the next 15 years.

The staffed consultation events take place at:

  • County Mall on Saturday 27 July from 10.30am-4pm
  • Town Hall on Monday 29 July from 10.30am-4pm
  • K2 Crawley on Monday 5 August from 3-8pm
  • Crawley Library on Tuesday 6 August from 5-6pm
  • County Mall on Saturday 17 August from 10.30am-4pm
  • Town Hall on Monday 19 August from 10.30am-4pm
  • Crawley Library on Monday 9 September from 5-6.30pm.

Councillor Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“Anyone interested in the future of Crawley should get involved in this consultation. 

“The local plan review is all about finding out what you want to see the town look like. We’ll be asking questions at events and online to get your feedback. Please take your chance to shape the future of your town.”

For more information visit or email

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