Date posted 16 Oct 2023

On Tuesday 26th September a team from Rugby travelled to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Copper Box Arena. It was an early start for everyone, arriving at the centre for 6:30am. We all had time for a quick hot drink and pastry before leaving for London. A trip to London wouldn’t be London without congestion, roadworks and traffic jams!! Despite this we arrived in good time and ready to compete. 

This annual event for the over-60s last ran in 2019 (before Covid). This year, 19 teams took part from Better leisure partnerships across London, the south east, Lincolnshire and Rugby competing in a range of activities - darts, dominoes, short tennis, short-mat bowls, swimming, badminton, table tennis and cycling. 

Many team Rugby participants had the opportunity to take part in an activity they hadn’t played for 20 years.

Team Rugby fought well and finished in 10th place, the highest ranked team outside of London. There was also a best placed finish for our darts team who finished in a superb 3rd place.

The Better Club Games Ambassador was actress and radio presenter Vicki Michelle - of ‘Allo Allo’, EastEnders and Emmerdale farm.  She added a touch of glamour and cheered on the participants.

Fortunately the journey home was a good one, with many tired participants catching some well-earned rest!

Better Club Games is organised and funded exclusively by GLL. In addition to transport and refreshments, participants enjoy raising awareness for their club, a celebrity ambassador on the day and a medal for everyone.