A team from Hammersmith & Fulham achieved 9th place as they competed against 750 over 55-year-olds at the 2016 Club Games, held at the Copper Box Arena on Friday 11th November 2016. The strong team of over 35 participants performed particularly well in the Timed Cycle, Short Tennis and Badminton finishing 4th, 6th and 6th respectively. The team were cheered on by the dozen or so supporters from Hammersmith and Fulham who were with them all the way.
The annual event was run by the UK’s largest leisure provider Better and hosted for second time at the former 2012 Olympic venue, sited on the 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 a range of sporting events including; Badminton, Short Tennis, Swimming, Timed Cycle, Dominoes, Darts and Short Mat Bowls. Proudly representing their boroughs the 19 teams competing hailed from the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Greenwich, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hackney, Merton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Islington as well as Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Rugby, Cambridge, South Ox, West Ox, Reading and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Last year’s winners Epsom & Ewell were pipped to the post by Greenwich while team Hackney were hot on their heels securing third place.
Former Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew opened the event, while Rio 2016 Olympic Taekwondo Silver medallist, Lutalo Mohammed was on hand to present the awards.
Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), said: “As the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise we are proud to run the Better Games and to celebrate the benefits that physical activity and an active lifestyle can offer everyone.” regardless of age.”
So if you’re over 55 and want to get involved and looking to get active, then why not drop in to your local Hammersmith and Fulham Better centre to take part in the wide selection activities including; Swimming, Sport and Fitness Class sessions and start training for Club Games 2017!