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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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Murder investigation launched after young Crawley man dies in Brighton collision

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man who was struck by a vehicle in Brighton has sadly died.

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The 20-year-old from Crawley suffered serious head injuries after he and two other men were hit by a car in Marine Parade early on Sunday (1 December).

Officers were initially called to a report of a large group of people fighting on the seafront at 5.20am. As they responded, it was reported that three of the group had then been struck by a car.

The two other victims, an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, who were also seriously injured, remain in a serious condition in hospital.

A 32-year-old man who was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm has now been released under investigation. A 33-year-old man who was detained on suspicion of attempted murder on Monday morning (2 December) remains in custody.

The vehicle, a BMW X6, was later found abandoned nearby.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team:

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim who has sadly died this evening and with those of the other two victims who are in serious condition in hospital.

“This is now a murder investigation and we are again appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident or has any information about it to come forward.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have mobile phone footage, dashcam footage or anyone with private CCTV footage of the incident.

“Marine Parade is likely to remain closed between the pier roundabout and Camelford Street until Tuesday afternoon (3 December) while we are continuing searches and carrying out enquiries and I would like to thank the public for their patience.”

The incident is not terror-related.

If you can help with the investigation please report online  or ring 101 quoting Operation Danebridge.

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