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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.

General Election 2019

Iain Dickson – Green Party Parliamentary Candidate



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I am standing as the Green Party candidate in Crawley, in the 2019 General Election.

So, why should you vote for me?

I joined the Green Party about 30 years ago because I wanted to make a difference and that difference was to put the environment and people before money making and profit as the main priority in everything we do. The Green Party offered that opportunity to me to try and bring that difference about.

Even when I joined the Greens, scientists for many years had been telling and informing UK governments amongst others around the world that a Climate Crisis is coming if we do not make serious changes. We needed to cut carbon emissions, stop using fossil fuels and replace them with renewable sources, use electric transport, change our agricultural and industrial practices and methods, think about how we dispose of the waste and pollution we create – plastic being just one example amongst many other things.

I am also appalled by the inequalities and injustices in our society and economy. In the 5th richest country in the world, why do we have 14 million people in poverty, homelessness, food banks, low wages, a huge gap between rich and poor?

Why is it we can’t afford money for the NHS, schools, social housing, police, decent wages but we can afford tax cuts for the rich and big business, wasteful projects like HS2, Trident, Hinkley Point nuclear power station and other such things.

We need to change this by ending austerity, paying people a living wage, ending zero hour contracts, properly fund vital services like the NHS, schools, social housing, etc.

A vote for me, is a vote to change this, a vote to massively alter our political system and to make you and the future generations the heart of our decision making.

Tens and hundreds of thousands in the UK and maybe millions of young people and others, around the world in groups such as Extinction Rebellion, are already becoming very aware that changes have to be made.

Businesses are now falling over themselves to announce how environmentally friendly they are – supermarkets are saying they are getting rid of plastic packaging, car manufacturers switching to electric car manufacture and so on.

It is within our reach, to make changes. We have the resources, technology and money. All we lack is the political will to bring this about. Capitalism and consumerism are not set in stone, they can be un-invented or better still adapted, so that it actually puts the needs of people and the environment first, before profits.

As your Green MP, I’ll add political will alongside other Green MPs to bring about these changes. I will ensure that we push for a green revolution where all new policies have the environment at the heart of their conception and implementation.

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for our future generations and those that cannot vote.

Vote Green 2019.

Iain Dickson
Crawley Green Party

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