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K2 Crawley launches new management partner with Olympic and Paralympic medallists

Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE and Paralympic Champion Katie-George Dunlevy were on hand to help launch the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council.

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The 14 November marked the start of the 10-year relationship which will see the award-winning leisure operator take over the management of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

Jackson hosted the day and shared his experiences of working as an Everyone Active Sporting Champions ambassador while Dunlevy shared details of her training at the centres in Crawley and winning Paralympic gold in Rio.

Jackson then set a series of gym challenges before cheering on pupils from Thomas Bennett Community College trying to beat the times set by the Olympian.

World record holder, Jackson, said:

“I was thrilled to be at the launch of the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council. It was a great day. I can’t wait to see the partnership progress in the future.”

Paralympic Champion, Dunlevy, said:

“The day went really well. I know that everyone is very positive about the relationship and the future. I know that everyone is really excited to get started.”

Stuart Mills, Everyone Active area contract manager, said:

“This is a very exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough. The Council has already invested in improving centres to ensure people have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and we’re proud to have been chosen to deliver these across the community.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Crawley Borough Council and helping them achieve their goal of providing a top quality service while building healthier communities by encouraging more people to get active.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

“Our partnership with Everyone Active will provide leisure users with a quality service and inspire more and more people to get involved in physical activities.”

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‘I’m not ok and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that’ says Crawley Councillor as he opens up about mental health

As part of Mental Health day a Crawley councillor has opened up about his own mental health issues to show local people that it is ok to open up and talk about the issue.

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Liam Ascough is a councillor for Gossops Green in Crawley

Gossops Green Councillor Liam Ascough has written an open letter to his colleagues at the council to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Addressing directly the Council Leader and the Chief Executive, Liam writes:

“Dear Peter and Natalie,

After watching the ‘Every mind Matters’ TV advert, supported by the Duke and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, I felt that I had write this open letter of apology but also to help continue the conversation on mental health issues. 

I want to apologise to the both of you, members of staff, fellow members of the council but most importantly to the residents of Gossops Green and North East Broadfield because it’s ok not to be ok and I should have said something a long time ago. 

I have suffered bouts of depression since 2015 but I put that all on hold when my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2017. This happened in the same week I was unceremoniously let go as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate, finished with the partner I thought I’d married and buried a great friend of mine who had died of cancer. October 2017 wasn’t my best month!! 

When I stood as a Parliamentary candidate in 2015, I was on top of the world. I was doing what I’d wanted to do since I was 14 (yes I know, I’m a geek). It was such a full on campaign and I felt I was at the centre of it. After that though, it felt like I’d been dropped like a hot potato. Like I’d been on X Factor one minute and then you were nobody. The Party wasn’t interested in you anymore and suddenly you go from being a somebody to be a nobody again. 

I carried on as if nothing was wrong, although inside I felt deeply depressed and used. Then October 2017 happened and it all got a lot worse. 

Sadly I lost my best friend in my mother on January 4th this year after a monumental battle with cancer. She put up such a great fight but not a day will go by that I don’t miss my mother. Watching her in so much pain, was beyond heartbreaking. 

I put a brave face on, as I always do and tried to get on with things. Sometimes not so well though, as I remember a very kind family in Gossops Green took me into their house whilst canvassing, after I started to cry. I should have known at that point that I wasn’t really coping. 

It wasn’t until my birthday in July that it finally all hit me. Again, I tried to put a brave face on and project the image that everything was ok. The thing is, I’M NOT OK!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that either. I should have said it a long time ago! 

I am sorry for the meetings that I’ve missed and the emails that I haven’t replied to!! I should have said something before. I just couldn’t admit it to myself let alone anyone else! 

The thing is, now that I’ve admitted that I’m not ok, I can finally start to get help and to get back on track.

That’s why I wanted to write this open letter. To say sorry for letting people down. To explain what’s been going on and to be honest about it. Probably most importantly, to let others know that’s it’s ok, to not be ok. I needed to be honest with myself.

The help I received from St Catherine’s Hospice has been invaluable! I am also incredibly blessed to have an amazing network or friends who are my family. 

I am getting through this and I will recover.

Some will think I’m just feeling sorry for myself and that I should ‘man up’. To be fair that’s something I would have said before. Regardless I still think it is ok to say that I’m not ok. I encourage anyone who isn’t feeling ok, to talk about it.

You are not alone and don’t have to ‘man up’ so to speak.”

If you would like more information and help on any issues to do with mental health you can find out more at:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

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