Ealing’s 20 strong team took 14th place out of 22 teams as they competed against 750 over 55s at the 2016 Club Games, held on Friday 11th November 2016 at the Copper Box Arena.
The annual event was run by Better, the UK’s largest leisure provider, and hosted for the third time at the spectacular former 2012 Olympic venue, located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The aim of the event is 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 including; badminton, short tennis, swimming, timed cycling, dominoes, darts and short and long mat bowls. Proudly representing their boroughs, the 22 teams competing hailed from London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Greenwich, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hackney, Merton, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Waltham Forest, Epsom and Ewell as well as Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Ealing sensationally took 1st place in the Short Tennis event, in order to reclaim their title, having lost it at the 2015 Club Games. In attendance were; former Olympic Swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew who opened the event, Olympic Taekwondo silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad who presented winners with their awards.
Better Community Sport Manager, Maximilian Goodchild, commented, “I’m very proud of everyone that took part. The Ealing team showed great spirit and hopefully they’ll be back next year to improve on their place.”