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Founder of Crawley Old Girls FC shortlisted for Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year

The Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year Award celebrates individuals who have actively engaged with different groups of people within their community through sport.



Carol Bates

Carol Bates has become a well known figure across Crawley since she founded the Crawley Old Girls Football Club five years ago.

The team is a recreational way for ladies over 25 to stay fit and healthy whilst enjoying football.

Now with over 100 members they have inspired other clubs to start up across the area.

Earlier this year Carol organised for more than 200 women to play an ‘old girls’ World Cup in France.

Speaking to Crawley News 24 Carol said:

“I’m just amazed to be nominated, let alone be chosen to be one of the final four in the first place, particularly when you look at who else has been nominated.

I only just found out who nominated me this morning and it is absolutely unbelievable and I am very grateful to anyone who decides to vote for me.

Learning to play football at a later age is a great way for women to become active. You don’t need any experience as we offer beginners sessions and it’s great for mental and physical health in a non-judgemental environment.”

You can find out more about Carols nomination and vote for her at the awards website by clicking here.


25 Tonnes of sh#t – Crawley’s shocking Doggy Doo Doo mountain



An incredible 40 tonnes of litter and 25 tonnes of dog mess has been picked up by council workers since the lockdown began.

The astonishing figures were disclosed by Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb when responding to a query about litter in his weekly online address.

Mr Lamb added:

“Litter is being picked up at a higher level than any time before.

You’d struggle to think there was enough dogs in the entire town to do that. The issue is people are spending a lot more time outside than usual so the amount of waste generated in public areas is a lot higher.”

The figures illustrate the high number of people who are out and about, even before the lockdown rules began to be relaxed.

But these figures also illustrate how Crawley is a dog loving town.

What is not clear is whether these DOO DOO figures are just from dog bins or if they include those that were found on the ground as well.

Whatever the answer, that’s one big pile of sh#t!

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