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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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BREAKING NEWS: Gatwick Airport to close North Terminal from April as a result of COVID-19

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Gatwick Airport has made the decision to close the North Terminal from the 1st April as their business continues to be affected by COVID-19 with a dramatic fall in airline traffic.

A statement said:

“The severe and unparalleled impact of COVID-19 on the global aviation sector has led Gatwick to make the difficult decision to consolidate passenger processing and facilities into the airport’s South Terminal and to limit scheduled flights on its runway to between 1400 and 2200, with effect from 1 April 2020.”

The airport said their operations will be consolidated into the South Terminal and the runway will remain open for emergency landings and diversions only outside these hours.

They expect the closure of the North Terminal to last a minimum of one month and they said the situation will be kept under regular review. 

The airport also said that the decision to scale back the airport’s operations has been discussed with the airport’s airline partners and any passengers booked on flights due to depart or arrive at Gatwick during this period are advised to contact their airline.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said:

“Gatwick is a resilient but also responsible business and during these extraordinary times we need to take unprecedented measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and passengers, while also shielding the business from the impact of Coronavirus. 

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their continuing hard work through this difficult time and to reassure them that we are taking these difficult decisions now, so that we are in a position to recover quickly and get back to generating jobs and economic benefits for the region and wider economy well into the future.  

“During these extraordinary times, we have also seen remarkable acts of kindness and community spirit in support of people who may need some additional help.  To add to this, we will also be providing some opportunities so that any of our staff, who have time during this period of reduced operations, that choose to, can help support people in our local communities.”

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