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Sussex Police give cash boost to Horsham swimming group

A Horsham swimming group has benefited from a cash boost from Sussex Police.



Sunbeam, a swimming club for people of all ages with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), received a £500 cheque through the Police Property Act Fund.

This is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property, and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

Swimming coach Sarah Burling said:

“The money we have received from the police fund will ease the pressure on the committee to raise money to pay for the hire of the pool.

“The money will also be put towards our first ever swimming gala in 2020. Having enjoyed so many galas run by other swimming clubs in Sussex and Surrey, we are all looking forward to hosting our own event and welcoming swimmers to The Pavilions in Horsham.”

The money was secured by PCSO Laura Webber from the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention Team.

She added:

“I am really pleased we were able to provide the group with extra funding that will help the group tremendously.

“It is a brilliant group who are all very welcoming and I wish them the best for the future in particular for their gala.”

To find out more about the Police Property Act Fund and how you can apply for funding, visit their website here.

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Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.



Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website:

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