Less than a week after the Night of the 10k PBs the Better Camden Community Team and Swiss Cottage Health and Well-Being Champion were back to Parliament Hill. The Give it a Go festival is organised by City of London Corporation with 25 official partners delivering a variety of sport and physical activities with more organisations helping out at information stalls including Camden Council. The event encourages young people to complete a Passport to Success to win a medal if they ‘Give it a Go’ to a number of activities and for the whole community to learn about the range of sport and physical activity opportinities.
There were approximately 3000 people in attendance and Isabella Colafrancesco, Camden Council Head of Strategy and Partnerships declared “It is the best community event I have been to in years”.
We invited youngsters to take part in fun space hopper races and a master class on the track with 2018 Common Wealth Games 100 meter relay champion, local GSF athlete, Reuben Arthur. The majority of the kids were in primary school, the age of Quad Kids athletics so did a sprint and a jump (half of Quad Kids) as two of their activities for the Passport to Success. The fastest girl got to have short race with Reuben, lots got to ask him questions about how he got into athletics and some even posed with his medal!
A new feature to Give It A Go 2019 was the inclusion of polo on ponies (yes, little horses) and the dedicated Health and Well-Being zone near the tennis courts on Highgate Road. Despite our main tent being based on the main field with our space hoppers, having an athlete on the track Better contributed to this areas too as improving the community health and well being is important to our values. We invited the director of Boditrax to bring down a high tech machine which quickly provides 45 pieces of cellular data to give you either a broad overview of your health or specific details. The machines are in all the Camden centres with a gym and our Fitness Instructors can use them to help with your programming.