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Crawley to host Snooker’s English Open

Crawley will welcome the best snooker players in the world later this year when the English Open comes to the town.

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Taking place at K2 Crawley from October 15th to 21st, it will be the first world ranking event ever staged in the West Sussex town.

The English Open is the first of the 2018/19 season’s Home Nations events, to be followed by tournaments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It brings together 128 of the world’s top stars, competing in a flat draw with all players needing to win seven matches to take the Steve Davis Trophy.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title last year in Barnsley by thrashing Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the final.

Once again there will be a £1 million bonus on offer to any player who can win all four Home Nations events over the 2018/19 season. The Home Nations series receives extensive live television coverage from Eurosport and Quest.

K2 Crawley staged the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open in 2015 and will now host the final stages of a tournament for the first time.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said:

“This is fantastic news for the people of Crawley and the surrounding area as they will have the chance to watch the best players on the planet live in action. Having staged qualifiers at K2 Crawley before we know it is an excellent venue and I hope to see the place packed out with fans.

“The English Open is the first tournament to be staged on UK soil next season and what a fantastic event it will be, with 128 top stars battling for glory. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s performance in the final last year was arguably the best of the 2017/18 season as he had a 98 per cent pot success rate. And Ronnie definitely had his eyes on the £1 million bonus until he lost in the third round of the Northern Ireland Open.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the team in Crawley on staging another top class event. It’s always a pleasure to bring a big tournament to a new location and once tickets are on sale they will be selling fast.”

Jonathon Hodgson Freedom Leisure Centre Manager says:

“We are delighted to be hosting this world class event at K2 Crawley where we pride ourselves on our quality facilities, and by hosting this prestigious competition we are not only putting the leisure centre on a worldwide stage but Crawley too.

“At Freedom Leisure our focus is on supporting increased participation in sport and for Crawley Borough Council an active Crawley is very important. High profile sporting events such as these serve to inspire people and leave lasting legacies. We hope that local families with older children will take the opportunity to spectate – as who knows Crawley may even have the next snooker world champion.”

Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 29 June and can be booked by calling 0871 620 7052 or visiting http://www.worldsnooker.com/tickets

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K2 Crawley to stay open ‘until the government advises otherwise’

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While the news has been a constant stream of closures some residents will find it comforting to know that K2 Crawley and the Bewbush Centre, both run by Everyone Active, are to remain open as long as possible.

But certain measures are being taken to minimise any spread. These include:

  • Reducing group exercise classes to 50% capacity to allow social distancing.
  • Classes to finish 10-15 minutes earlier to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment.
  • Staff to make regular health, safety and cleanliness checks.
  • Increase supply of anti-bacterial soap, hand and surface anti-bacterial spray and paper towels.

Stuart Mills, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said:

“At present, our Everyone Active centres in Crawley remain open until the government advises otherwise.

“Certain changes are being implemented including reducing our group exercise classes to 50% capacity in line with Public Health England guidance regarding social distancing. Classes will also finish 10-15 minutes earlier than usual to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment between sessions.

“Colleagues are also carrying out regular health, safety and cleanliness checks and are ensuring all touch-point surfaces are cleaned regularly. We are also increasing our supply of anti-bacterial soap, hand and surface anti-bacterial spray, and paper towels available within our gyms and are asking all customers to wipe down any equipment they have used.

“We would also like to assure our members that it is safe to continue swimming. Advice from PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) shows that the water and chlorine within the swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“As per the latest advice from Public Health England, if members are showing signs or symptoms of coronavirus, we would ask that they do not attend the centre. However, remaining healthy and active is important now more than ever. With this in mind, we are still encouraging our members to keep to their usual routine but remain extra vigilant with their cleanliness and keep up to date with the latest government advice on coronavirus.

“For more information, please visit: https://www.everyoneactive.com/coronavirus/

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