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K2 Crawley open day a huge success with thousands attending

I’m a celebrity star Fleur East was on hand to welcome the local community to the free family open day at the K2 Crawley.

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The singer and songwriter took part in a question and answer session before meeting and greeting her fans on site. She took part in gym challenges before drawing the raffle for one lucky Crawley resident.

“It was really nice to meet everybody that came down to K2 Crawley,” East said. “I want to thank everyone for coming and hope they all had a great day.”

Over 7,000 people came through the doors at the K2 Crawley to experience the fantastic facilities on offer including swimming and diving lessons, soft play, badminton and fencing.

European Champion Eden Cheng helped coach children in the diving lessons before showcasing her world leading skills from the 5m board.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I can be inspirational to others,” Cheng said. “Thank you to the students, parents and staff for making me feel so welcome.”

Darryl Keech, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “It was a fantastic event and I was pleased to see so many people come to the K2 Crawley on Saturday.

“Fleur [East] and Eden [Cheng] were great and it was great to see so many of their fans come to see them.

“I hope that the local community enjoyed using the facilities and found a new activity they enjoy doing.”

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Ronnie O’Sullivan critical ‘again’ of K2 Crawley

Last year he described it as a ‘hellhole’ and this year he is still not impressed.

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Speaking to reporters the snooker player who only just managed to get through the first round was highly critical of the towns sports venue.

O’Sullivan reportedly said:

“It hasn’t changed as far as I’m concerned.’

‘You’d have to do a lot to change this place, wouldn’t you? You’d have to do an overall refurb on this place, but I’m not surprised, it is what I expected it to be.

I’ve just gone from the match table to a squash court to a toilet, where the player’s office is, to outside the building, in the rain, to get round here to do interviews, so I’ll probably end up with a bit of pneumonia on top of the cold which I’ve already got.”

He even joked that:

“Every day in Crawley is a day lost in my life.”

But the player has received backlash from the towns leaders and residents with Crawley MP Henry Smith saying:

“I believe it is the second year he has done this, he would be better concentrating on his snooker than mouthing off cheap lines.”

One local resident from Tilgate summed up their feelings of the snooker player saying:

“Who is he?”

A spokesperson from the English Open said:

“After last year’s English Open in Crawley we gathered feedback from the players, fans and officials and the overall feedback was that it is an excellent venue.

Based on this feedback we have made some changes to the layout this time in order to improve the experience for the players, including a new quiet lounge for the players and an improved practice facility. We are happy to be working with the K2 venue building the English Open into a great event.

The atmosphere in the arena on the opening day on Monday was excellent and we look forward to more support from the people of Crawley throughout the week.”

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