A team from The Royal Borough of Greenwich beat almost 800 over 55-year-olds to win the 2017 Better Club Games, held at the Copper Box Arena on Friday 10th November 2017.
The annual event was run by charitable social enterprise GLL and hosted at the former 2012 Olympic venue, sited on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. It aims to encourage older people to become more active and to highlight the social and physical benefits that sporting activities can offer to individuals of all ages.
Participants took part in nine sporting events ranging from Badminton, Short Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Timed Cycle, Dominoes, Darts, Short Mat Bowls and , Walking Football. Proudly representing their boroughs the 22 teams hailed from Barnet, Camden, Crystal Palace, Ealing, Epsom and Ewell, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Lambeth, Merton, Reigate and Banstead, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Cambridge, Rugby, Sutton, West Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire & Vale of the White Horse.
Defending champions Team Greenwich retained their title ahead of runners-up Epsom and Ewell and third-placed Reigate and Banstead. Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, opened the games alongside Olympic medallist and former world champion javelin thrower, Fatima Whitbread MBE.
To conclude the event, Beijing 2008 Olympian Marilyn Okoro and PDC professional darts player Josh Payne were on hand to present trophies for each event – as well as the overall prize to Team Greenwich.
Mark Sesnan said: “Now in its 12th year, we are delighted to see such a large number of boroughs represented, and welcome record numbers of participants to the iconic Copper Box Arena for the 2017 Better Club Games.
“As the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise we are proud to run the Club Games and to celebrate not only the sporting talents of our older members, but the benefits that physical activity and an active lifestyle can offer everyone regardless of age.”
Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Under the consumer facing brand Better, the organisation operates more than 250 public sport and leisure centres and over 100 libraries in partnership with more than 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Better leisure facilities enjoy 46 million visitors a year and have more than 850,000 members.
GLL exists to make community services and spaces better for everyone. In practice, that means investing all profits back into providing quality leisure and fitness facilities for the good of the communities where GLL operates. Alongside the organisation’s core leisure and library divisions, GLL runs sport and legacy development, health intervention and education, as well as offering the GLL Sports Foundation, one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.