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“The wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is a priority for us” says K2 Crawley following incident as England Boxing Championship takes place

Reports of staff receiving abuse and trash strewn across the centre as the England Boxing National Schools Championships 2019 takes place.

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A visible mess of litter is strewn across the entrance to K2 Crawley

It is a large event even for K2 Crawley, with hundreds of visitors from across the country coming down to visit.

The England Boxing National Schools Championships 2019 have been taking place at K2 Crawley over the weekend. But it appears that some of the visitors who came down for the event may have caused disruption to the centre with their actions and left a visible mess that has dismayed locals.

Yesterday, Saturday 18th May, reports were made of staff being left in tears after receiving abuse from some of these visitors whilst others reported that the police were called to an incident outside the entrance.

Some locals were so concerned they contacted their local councilor who then made a visit to the centre.

Speaking on his facebook page Tilgate Cllr Guidera said:

Just got back from K2 after receiving several complaints today. A horrendous mess has been left and we have another day of this tomorrow! The entrance stinks of cigarettes, and there are hundreds of butts everywhere, along with so much rubbish strewn across the paved area and car park! I’ve had reports confirmed by K2 staff of teenage staff in tears, feeling intimidated by some of the people attending this boxing tournament, an alleged incident outside that the police had to attend to (now confirmed) and K2 are having to up the security tomorrow.

I am absolutely sure that there are many, many good people attending this boxing event and I saw some young lads leaving with their trainers as I arrived, but there’s absolutely no way that what’s been going on there today is remotely acceptable and I will be there at 9am tomorrow to speak to Everyone Active’ s management.

This is Crawley’s public leisure centre and there are standards that we expect to be upheld.”

Mr Guidera also took photos of how the area outside the centre had been left.

According to Mr Guidera he called an urgent meeting with Cllr Ali Pendlington, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Wellbeing along with the management of K2 and Crawley Borough Council where they were given assurances that the day would be managed differently to Saturday.

Some locals commented how they were able to see more visible security around.

But there was also an unconfirmed report on the Sunday as reported by a local resident facebook page where one claim was made of some visitors seen trying to steal a computer. This could not be verified by K2 Crawley.

Stuart Mills, Everyone Active area contract manager, said:

“We have worked closely with England Boxing to ensure that the event can run smoothly. 

“We are aware of an incident that upset a couple of members of our team. The wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is a priority for us and we don’t tolerate abuse within the centre. The facility is open as usual today.”

But despite the altercations outside the event, the boxing championships were a huge success with Chief Executive Officer, Gethin Jenkins saying:

“We have not been made aware of any issues at the K2 Crawley during the England Boxing National Schools Championships 2019 this weekend.

“What I would say is that it’s been a fantastic two days of boxing where almost 200 bouts have taken place. It’s great to see so many kids active and being cheered on by their family and friends.

“Those who have won titles are following in the footsteps of Crawley boxer Alan Minter, who went on to win an Olympic medal, and I’m sure this experience will have inspired them.   

“The event has brought a great deal of extra income to the town’s restaurants and hotels, and K2 Crawley have been an excellent and accommodating venue throughout.”

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Council offers four new apprenticeships

Kick-start your career and make a positive difference to our community, is the message coming from Crawley Borough Council

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The council has four exciting roles available:

  • Worth Park Horticultural Apprentice
  • Communications Apprentice
  • Apprentice Building Maintenance Surveyor
  • Apprentice Specialist Fitter (Vehicle, Plant and Equipment).

Our apprenticeship opportunities aim to help talented people take their first steps in specialist areas while gaining local government experience.

If you’re passionate about helping others and making a difference to Crawley’s residents and the local environment, an apprenticeship with the council could be perfect for you!

The full-time 18-month Horticultural Apprentice role is a unique opportunity based at Worth Park; it’ll combine your passion for sustainable horticulture, hands-on outdoor tasks and a thirst for learning new things.

If you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in the media, Communications Apprentice might be the role for you! During the 18-month programme you’ll write press releases, schedule social media posts, work with local and regional press and so much more.

The Building Maintenance Surveyor vacancy is a two-year apprenticeship with Crawley Homes. You’ll work alongside experienced surveyors and get hands-on experience as a valued member of the Responsive Repairs and Planned Maintenance Teams.

Learn how to service and repair a wide range of vehicles, plant machinery and mechanical equipment with the Specialist Fitter apprenticeship. For three years, you’ll be part of our experienced Vehicle Workshop Team based in County Oak.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “As a council, we’re committed to offering these opportunities to young people and those looking to start a new career.

“With our apprenticeships, you can be earning a competitive salary while gaining invaluable work experience and a transferable qualification – there are no drawbacks!”

All vacancies close on Sunday 21 July and offer a starting salary of £12,042.

Find out more about our apprenticeships and register for vacancy alerts at crawley.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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