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Crawley student crowned Muay Thai UK No. 1 Champion

Local student shows the whole country he is the best.



David Mihai, a 12 year old student from Thomas Bennett Community College who trains at Crawley Martial Arts Academy is celebrating after winning the title of Muay Thai UK Number One.

David had to fight his way to winning the title at a competition held in Manchester on Saturday.  Earlier this year, David was also successful in winning the title of European Champion for K1 (kickboxing) and will be travelling to Spain later in the year to try and get more titles under his belt.

David Mihai from Thomas Bennett Community College with Headteacher Stuart Smith

Putting in up to 14 hours of training a week the success is well deserved and David says he was told by his coach that it’s “a good taste of the future”.  When asked about his future ambitions for the sport, David was quick to say that he wants to become a World Title holder. Showing such dedication for someone so young this really does look to be a realistic ambition. 

Stuart Smith, Headteacher at Thomas Bennett Community College says “The amount of medals and trophies David has won is outstanding.  To become the UK and European Champion is phenomenal and shows such dedication and determination.  We couldn’t be prouder of David and his achievements and are excited to see what the future holds for him in the sport.”

David could well be the next sporting hero from Crawley.  Watch this space…


Local musician holds workshop with Crawley school promoting Anti-Bullying

Schools up and down the country recently spent time marking Anti Bullying Week. At OLQOH School in Langley Green, the 2019 theme was “Change Starts with Us.”



Workshops at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven primary school were led by local musician Ollie Heath, who used the unifying and all-inclusive medium of music to get everyone fired up chanting values of team spirit, resilience, focus and respect.

The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, mirroring the type of experience you usually get in a sports arena, with Ollie using his guitar and loop station to whisk up on the spot beats, the type of which you’d usually only hear at an Ed Sheeran concert! 

Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the special event with one pupil commenting, ‘today was an interesting, exciting and really enjoyable day which I will remember for a long time – thank you, Ollie.’

In response, Ollie said,
“when you hear an entire arena clapping and chanting in a concert, it’s electric and unifying. I use that same power to remind children how amazing they are and that anything is possible when people work together.

I’ve been coming back to Our Lady’s for years leading themed days and always have the best time! It’s an incredible school with phenomenal pupils, parents, Governors and staff!”.

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