Award Sponsors

Thanks to the following local businesses and organisations for their support.

Headline Sponsor: London Gatwick Airport

As the home of Gatwick Airport, Crawley has a special role in the running of the world’s most efficient single-runway airport, which now serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul services. Over a third of Gatwick staff come from the Crawley and Horley area. They do a fantastic job welcoming and serving the 100,000 passengers who pass through Gatwick each day, helping to deliver a world-class passenger experience. They are fantastic ambassadors not only for Gatwick, but for Crawley and the wider Sussex region. Simply put, without the support of Crawley, Gatwick wouldn’t be the airport it is today.

Working in such a busy and vibrant environment, it is important to stop and take a moment to recognise those in our community who selflessly give up their time, going above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit of others. In my role I am fortunate to meet with so many local volunteers and community representatives who do great work across the region, whether it be fundraising for local charities or helping those in need, I am constantly amazed at their selflessness and commitment to helping others.

So often Community heroes do not receive the recognition they deserve, which is why Gatwick Airport is thrilled to be supporting the Crawley Community Awards and commend The Crawley Observer, the Hawth Theatre and the Crawley Borough Council for taking the initiative to honour and recognise those unsung heroes of our community. We wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic awards evening.
Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager,
London Gatwick Airport

Freedom Leisure

Freedom Leisure is delighted to be sponsoring the Sports Person category for the third year running. There is a wealth of sporting talent in Crawley with many sports groups and individuals using our excellent facilities for training.
K2 Crawley itself, which is operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, is very proud to serve its community and we have no doubt that many of the residents and businesses involved with the awards will in fact be the patrons we continue to enjoy seeing using our fantastic facilities.
After recent significant investment, the fitness suite has seen numerous improvements; including a brand new indoor cycling studio and state-of-the-art gym, and continues to host a wide variety of both international and national events which are a great opportunity for us to show off all that Crawley has to offer. K2 Crawley provides a multitude of activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy across the whole centre, whether it’s a dip in our 50 metre pool or a quick game of badminton in our twelve course sports hall there really is something for everyone.
We would like to congratulate all those who have been nominated for an award and look forward to welcoming you all to K2 Crawley very soon.


Metrobus operates local bus services all round Crawley and Gatwick including the Fastway routes. The depot is located on the Manor Royal Business Park where over 250 staff are employed and 145 buses are based.  The company’s services also reach out to the wider Sussex and Surrey area.

Crawley College

Since 1958, Crawley College has been an integral part of the local community, providing training and helping people to gain the valuable skills and qualifications they need to secure their dream job, learn new skills or progress to university.

In recent months, Crawley College has entered a new era and is now part of the largest college group in Sussex following its merger with Chichester College on 1st August 2017. The merger brought not only a name change, but significant advantages for the College in the form of an expanded curriculum offer and bespoke courses.

The merger has also provided an opportunity for the College to build new relationships with the community and review their work with local groups, schools and businesses to significantly improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for students in Crawley and across the region. The group is committed to combining inclusivity and excellence and its vision is to ‘Change Lives Through Learning’.

The College is passionate about learning and providing opportunities for everyone to be successful and progress. The education and training students receive – whether they choose to study at college or in the workplace – has always been and will always be the number one priority.

The College is proud to support the annual Crawley Community Awards and particularly to recognise and reward those people or groups nominated for the Education category, as these nominees are vital to the success of the local economy and communities across the Borough.

Good luck to all the nominees!

Crawley Borough Council
Crawley Borough Council is urging residents to get their nominations in for next year’s Community Awards. The council is organising the 2018 event and partnering with the Observer and The Hawth to run the awards for the third consecutive year.

Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Community Engagement said: “The first two Crawley Community Awards nights were inspirational and showed off the best that Crawley has to offer. “Whether an award winner was courageous, a volunteer of several years, a local hero or a sporting achiever, all were richly deserved. I’m hoping the 2018 event can be even better, so nominate now.”

The awards demonstrate just one way the council supports the charity and voluntary sector in the town.

The council also gives out grants, offers professional support and councillors work in their wards to help develop projects supporting local needs.

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The Hawth

The Hawth opened its doors to the public in 1988 and celebrates 30 years at the heart of the community in 2018, so it feels very fitting to sponsor and play host to these worthy awards in our anniversary year.

Since opening our doors, we have hosted thousands of community events in our theatres and grounds, from Gang Shows to graduation ceremonies, dance recitals to international festivals and birthday parties to charity auctions.

Every event here at The Hawth relies on the support of the community around us to succeed. Whether it’s the local juvenile performers starring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Front of House and Audio Description Volunteers who give up their time to enhance the experience of theatregoers or amateur dramatics societies who use the venue to put on their fantastic performances – The Hawth wouldn’t be what it is without them.

Our 30th anniversary year will see further opportunities for locals to get involved, with a creative writing course allowing people with a story to share about the theatre, to put pen to paper and see the result published online. There will be events with local artists and special performances for young people to engage with, as well as a fantastic end of Summer music festival for the first time ever!

The Hawth is delighted to be working again with Crawley Borough Council to give recognition to those who so deserve it in the community and particularly thrilled to be again be presenting a very special Performing Arts Award of our own to a worthy winner this year as part of our celebrations.

Crawley Observer

The Crawley Observer are delighted to be working with Crawley Borough Council and The Hawth again this year to bring you the Crawley Community Awards. As the only local newspaper in Crawley, we will be printing information for nominators, telling you a bit about the event supporters and will be creating a two-page picture special to be incuded in the Crawley Observer available from 7th March. Good luck to all nominees and our thanks to those who take the time to make nominations.