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New Laser Gaming centre next to Crawley opens and it’s incredible

The new gaming centre has built an entire town for gamers to battle in.



When you think of laser tag you think of a dark room built like a maze, some with various levels and hideaways to duck behind before you are able to sneak up and take some shots at your opponents.

Well one new company has turned all that on its head and created something so unique it has to be experienced to be believed.

Pilgrims Academy in Salfords trains people all over the world to protect themselves in combat and hostile situations.

Their reception is awash with awards showing just how good they are at what they do and with their international blue chip list of clients you can see that they have the global respect second to none.

Now they have added gaming to their list of activities, but when your staff are made up of ex-military marines and soldiers then you know it is going to be something ‘very’ different. In-fact just by looking at the artwork they have created for the brand tells you this is exciting stuff.

Line Of Fire is their new brand and it takes console games like Call of Duty and Battlefield, shakes them up and lets people play scenarios like the games in the real world.

There is nothing similar to any other Laser Gaming centre anywhere and this is evident when you arrive at the incredibly impressive academy off the A23 in Salfords.

The bright, smart entrance leads you into a spotless waiting area with a canteen full of energy delights to tempt you. And boy will you need the energy for what comes next.

Whilst the entrance may resemble more of a corporate office it hides what is truely waiting for you.

Your debrief is held in one of the armouries they have and with a choice of guns to choose from (A heavy metal machine gun complete with sniper scope or for the younger players a plastic version that is no less impressive.)

No body pack to wear which was a relief, instead you are given a head set and talked through the safety briefing.

But it is when they open the door and lead you into the town that EVERYTHING changes.

When we say they have built a town, we mean they have actually built a whole town!

Whilst we were not allowed to photograph too much so it didn’t give anything away we can tell you this;

There is a two storey hotel complete with reception area. A coffee shop sits in the town square awaiting customers. The police station is complete with jail cells round the corner from the taxi office and opposite the medical centre where patients lie awaiting treatment.

A dentist surgery is above the market place and across the road from the local garage where dogs bark loudly as you walk by. The town hall sits opposite a row of flats and smaller shops where you buy your groceries. And so it goes on.

Awaiting deployment into the town.

This isn’t an arena, this is a complete duplication of a war torn town and is not realistic, it is actually real.

Suddenly your mind changes from chasing after people shooting aimlessly to being extremely strategic. Working out if the best place to hide is behind a car parked up in the street or by taking position within one of the hotels bedrooms overlooking the square.

But it’s not just the look of the town that is impressive. They have built in sounds and smells to recreate almost any situation you can imagine.

The guns look and feel realistic and the sniper scope means your can be incredibly accurate.

Fighter jets fly over head as explosions go off in the next street. Your mind is accelerated to a higher level as you are no longer a player, you are a survivor and must hone your skills to battle through.

With your heart racing non-stop throughout the short campaign there has never been such a physical and emotional experience like it.

Whilst they cater for anyone aged 8 upwards, this is an experience that would really appeal to adults as well who are into their gaming or want to experience what a battle would be like.

With a taster launch day on the 9th Feb they are allowing anyone to book a game for only £5, but even the full price of £8 is of great value when you come away feeling this exhilarated.

The team have created packages for everyone, from kids parties (and what a party that would be) right through to team building exercises for corporate clients and with a long list already signed up it wont be long before word travels fast of what an incredible experience has opened up right here for everyone to try.

You can find more information about them or book a game or party at their website

So, how do we sum up this experience? Easy, we’ve just booked our four games already.


Live or work in Ifield? Make sure you attend ‘Talk Ifield” Community Forum

Over one year after its successful re-launch in autumn 2017, the ‘Talk Ifield’ local community forum will be holding its next open public meeting from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD.



‘Talk Ifield’ was first established in 2013 as a neighbourhood forum, run by local people, for local people.

It offers an opportunity for people who live and work in Ifield to meet and share ideas for improving and developing the local community for the benefit of everyone.

Anyone who lives in, who works in, or who has an interest in Ifield is welcome to attend the open forum meetings.

This year they are delighted to announce their guest speaker on 4th March will be Crawley Borough Councillor Martin Stone, who will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion on the subject of ‘Crawley Museum, and a short history of Crawley and Ifield’.

Crawley has a rich and varied history dating back several centuries, and the new Museum has now become a focal point for anyone who is interested in the heritage of our town and its changing character over the years.

Martin has had a leading role in helping to establish the Museum and has himself also undertaken extensive research into the history of Ifield in particular.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“Very many people attended our last open forum meeting in September, and we enjoyed a most interesting presentation on maintaining our neighbourhood environment from the Borough Council officer responsible for leading that work.

We are now looking forward to our next forum meeting on 4th March, at which Cllr Martin Stone will be bringing us up to date on the new Crawley Museum, and sharing with us his own extensive knowledge and research into the history of Ifield in particular.

This will be a fascinating evening’s discussion, and we urge as many people as can do so, to come along and share the experience as Martin takes us on a unique journey through local history.”

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