Surprise Surprise star disappointed after K2 Crawley talks break down


A former pub landlord who wants to inspire disabled young people has said talks over setting up a handcycling club at K2 Crawley had broken down.

Robert Groves, 59, ran the Punch Bowl pub before he was disabled from the waist down. He has raised thousands for charity in a bid to start the Crawley club.

Millions saw Rob, of Town Mead, West Green, receive a donation of seven hand-cycles worth £30,000 on ITV hit show Surprise Surprise last month.

Yesterday (August 5) he said: “I am sorry to report that talks have now broken down and we will be looking for a new venue for the cycle club.”

He said the club could be set up out of town. He said he was looking at a site in Kent.

Rob added: “I am hoping to have talks with some of the schools here in Crawley after September 5 when they return from their summer break.

“We are looking to launch the club here in Crawley within the next four weeks, where the bikes will be on display and for the people of Crawley to see the young disabled children using these great machines.”

Nyssa Jackson, area manager for Freedom Leisure, which runs K2 Crawley, said: “Inclusivity is extremely important to Freedom Leisure and we run many disability sessions on site at K2 Crawley.

“We have been working with Crawley Borough Council to help Mr Groves find a suitable location for his hand cycle sessions.

“As Mr Groves has requested to use the Athletics track at K2 Crawley on a regular basis, we have requested guidance from UK Athletics on the suitability of ongoing track sessions, due to potential wear and tear.

“Once this guidance is received we look forward to discussing the outcomes, and options, with Mr Groves.”

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