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New home for Crawley and Maidenbower Panthers FC

Crawley and Maidenbower Panthers FC now have a place to call home after taking on the lease for Maidenbower Playing Fields for the football season.

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The club was formed in July 2018 following the merger of two long-established local clubs – Maidenbower United FC and Crawley Panthers FC – with a mission to provide opportunities for everybody to play and learn football in the local community.

Their new home at Maidenbower Playing Fields is being leased to see if it works well for the club for this season and will now be home to more than 20 teams that will be playing the majority of their home matches here for the next year.

In previous years, the club could only play a small proportion of their games at their “home ground” because they didn’t have access to smaller pitches for the younger children but now the club is delighted they have a place to call home for this season.

In reaching an agreement with Crawley Borough Council, the club will have six new pitches suitable from under six teams and up, as well as on-site storage facilities. Crawley Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team will be taking care of the Panthers’ new home by maintaining the pitches for the team as well as the football club agreeing to help take on many aspects of day-to-day maintenance.

Adam Swart, Chairman of Crawley and Maidenbower Panthers FC, said:

“This is a very proud moment for the football club and for the Maidenbower community as a whole. To be able to declare Maidenbower Park as our official home has been a dream of ours for many years.

“Establishing a more permanent home base here will allow us to grow our provision of grassroots football even further, benefiting all children in the Maidenbower and Pound Hill area. With teams playing from age six to 18 and at adult level, as well as dedicated girls’ teams, we can now truly deliver on our mission to offer opportunities for everyone to play football.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said:

“This is great news for a local club which offers such a fun and supportive sporting experience to children of all ages and adults too.

“This new home is rewarding for the football club but also for the whole of the town because it is an opportunity for the community to come together. I hope this new home brings Crawley and Maidenbower Panthers Football Club the success they deserve.”

For more information on Crawley and Maidenbower Panthers FC visit cmpanthersfc.com

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Appeal for witnesses issued by Police after motorcyclist rushed to hospital following collision in Crawley Down

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Police have responded to a serious injury collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Crawley Down this morning (Monday 6 July).

The incident occurred on Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am.

The motorcyclist is being treated for serious injuries and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone with relevant dash cam footage – to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Drawbridge.

A section of the road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are urged to find alternative routes in the meantime.

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