Greenwich takes the title at Better Club Games 2014
A team from Greenwich beat more than 600 over 55-year-olds to win the 2014 Better Club Games, held at the Copper Box Arena on Friday 17th October 2014.
The annual event was run by charitable social enterprise GLL and hosted for the first time at the former 2012 Olympic venue, sited on the 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 sporting events ranging from Badminton, Short Tennis, Swimming, Timed Cycle, Dominoes, Darts and Short & Long Mat Bowls. Proudly representing their boroughs the 17 teams hailed from Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Greenwich, Ealing, Islington, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hackney, Merton, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Waltham Forest, Epsom and Ewell, and Reigate and Banstead as well as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The winning Greenwich team reclaimed their title (last won in 2010) from last year’s winners Epsom and Ewell who were pushed into silver medal position. Team Merton secured third place. Peter Bundey Deputy Managing Director at GLL opened the event, while popular TV personality and former athlete Tessa Sanderson CBE, a six times Olympian and winner of a gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Javelin event, presented winners with their awards.
Peter Bundey said; “It has been hugely rewarding to host this annual event at the Copper Box Arena for the first time. It’s a great example of the Olympic legacy in action and proof that it really does offer something for everyone, regardless of age.
“We’re committed to encouraging a healthy active lifestyle for older people and the physical and psychological benefits of taking part in physical activities are well documented. We hope that the 600 plus participants in this year’s Better Games, who are all aged between 55yrs and 95yrs, will serve as an inspiration to younger generations.”
Val Oliver, 55 plus club leader from Greenwich added: “I’m so proud of our team and the huge effort they put in to win. It was a fun but very competitive day and to have beaten 16 other teams is a great achievement. Being on the Olympic Park was particularly special, the venues were inspiring and definitely encouraged everyone to up their game.”