A team from Lambeth took the bronze medal when competing against 750 over 55-year-olds at the 2015 Better Club Games, held at the Copper Box Arena on Tuesday 17th November 2015.
The annual event was run by the UK’s largest public leisure provider Better, the consumer facing brand of charitable social enterprise GLL. It was hosted for the second time 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 sports including walking football, badminton, short tennis, table tennis, darts, short mat bowls, timed cycle, timed swim and dominoes. Proudly representing their boroughs the 19 teams competing hailed from the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Ealing, Epsom & Ewell, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Islington, Lambeth, Merton, Reigate & Banstead, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea as well as teams from Crystal Palace and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Lambeth team also toof first place in the dominoes and timed cycle winning the games trophies.
Last year’s winners Greenwich were pipped to the post by the events overall winners Epsom & Ewell, while a delighted team Lambeth secured third place. Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at GLL the charitable social enterprise that operates Better leisure centres, opened the event, while popular TV actress Catherine Russell, who plays consultant Serena Russell on BBC’s Holby City, presented winners with their awards.
Actress Catherine Russell, a Better Member who attended to support Lambeth, said:
“There’s been an extraordinary sense of community and competitive spirit today. The event has been an absolute triumph.”
Carol Cross, Lambeth’s team captain, said:
“Coming third is just amazing. It’s incredible. It was my aim this year to come in the top three so to come third accomplishes all my aspirations. I’m just so overwhelmed and so happy for everyone.”
Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at GLL, said:
“As GLL is the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise we are proud to run the Better Games to celebrate the benefits of physical activity and active lifestyles across all our UK partnerships - whatever your age!”