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Crawley student heading for the Olympics

Anton Adewale a Crawley student at Thomas Bennett Community College who attends Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Maidstone has received some exciting news.

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After many years of training and hard work, gymnast Anton has been selected for the Team GB TOP Junior Squad.

The Olympic Programme (TOP) is world class and Anton will be attending 8 camps a year at Lilleshall which is a national sports centre.  Anton will be training alongside world class gymnasts from the Men’s Artistic GB Senior Team.

Anton has been training since just 6 years old and his immense dedication and commitment to gymnastics has resulted in his success. 

Supported by his family and Thomas Bennett Community College his dreams of reaching the Olympics are looking hopeful.

The Head Teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College, Stuart Smith says:

“The whole school take pride in Anton’s achievements. This is a significant accomplishment for a young person.  We are delighted to support Anton and look forward to hopefully seeing him join Team GB at the Olympics in the future”.

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Three more major Crawley stores with potential job losses due to COVID-19

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As more and more businesses become affected by the loss of earnings due to lockdown another three high street store with sites in Crawley have now warned of potential job losses.

This morning WH Smith announced it would cut up to 1,500 jobs due to a lack of customers.

According to reports their revenues had dropped a huge 57% compared to the same period last year and could expect to make a loss of up to £75m.

Owner of Currys PC World Dixons Carphone is also planning to cut 800 jobs in a restructure to change how its stores are managed.

The firm says it it consulting with some of their staff about removing these management roles which in turn should make it easier for customers to shop in store.

Pizza Express is also looking at potentially closing 67 of its UK restaurants which would mean a loss of 1,100 jobs although they have not said which sites are at risk.

All three of the chains have a presence in Crawley and comes only days after DW Sports announced it was also closing down.

With a speculated 57% of the Crawley work force potentially affected by the fall out of COVID-19 this would be yet another blow to the town as the high street begins to lose more and more of the stores customers have known for years.

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