Teams from across London and beyond represented their boroughs to compete against 700 over 55-year-olds at the 2018 Better Club Games; an Olympic-style event for older people that was held at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wednesday 10th October 2018.
Participants took part in eleven sports including walking football, walking netball, badminton, short tennis, table tennis, darts, short mat bowls, timed cycle, timed swim, walking football and dominoes. Proudly representing their boroughs and districts the teams were drawn from across London and the South including: Barnet, Camden, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Ealing, Epsom and Ewell, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Lambeth, Merton, North Kesteven, Reigate and Banstead, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Cambridge, Rugby and Sutton.
The winning Greenwich team retained their 2017 title, with Epsom and Ewell taking runners-up spot and Reigate and Banstead in third.
Out of the 22 boroughs entered, Team Lambeth performed well to finish in sixth place overall. This result occurred due to the fantastic results of the individual competitors in which a top 10 position was achieved in all but one sport:
- Darts – 6th
- Cycle – 4th
- Swim – 6th
- Short Mats Bowls – 13th
- Badminton – 10th & 26th
- Short Tennis – 5th & 7th
- Table Tennis – 8th
- Walking Football – 9th
- Walking Netball – 6th
The Community Team in Lambeth supported the event with the Community Sports Manager organising the entire competition and running back-of-house operations, whilst the Community Sports Officer managed the Table Tennis competition.
Former WBC World Light-Heavyweight Champion and star of BBC hit show Superstars, John Conteh MBE was the guest of honour and officially opened The Games, while Team GB athlete and Dancing on Ice star Perri Shakes-Drayton also dropped in, to support the competitors in their events.
John Conteh said: “it was great being part of the Better Club Games at the Copper Box Arena, watching so many teams of people of advanced ages keeping fit, by applying themselves to the numerous sporting events.
“It inspires me to continue my workout routine, and enjoy the benefits of wellbeing. As my old trainer used to say to me, ‘most fights are won and lost on the training ground.’"
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 Club Games and to celebrate the benefits that regular physical activity and an active lifestyle can bring to both mental and physical health, whatever your age.”