Hundreds of older people from across London showed that age is no barrier to taking part in sport when they took part in annual Club Wellness Interborough Games at Brixton Recreation Centre on Friday 14th October.
The annual event was run by charitable Social Enterprise GLL and hosted for the third year running by the London Borough of Lambeth. 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 teams hailed from the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Greenwich, Ealing, 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 and Rivermead Leisure Centre.
The winning Epsom and Ewell team beat previous title-holders Greenwich who had reigned as the undefeated Club Wellness champions for 5 years in a row and came a close second. In third place was the team from the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Guests included Coronation Street star Beverly Callard who plays Liz McDonald spoke to competitors and presented the awards.
Lambeth team leader Jane Palmer said “A huge thank you to all of the Lambeth team for taking part! Some of our members attend our Club Brixton sessions every Friday, whilst others joined our team to compete for their borough. Our emphasis was on taking part and having fun and enjoyed by all”
Lambeth swimmer John Cameron said “The day was great fun and the organisation was as usual faultless. First time competitors Billy and Kevin certainly enjoyed themselves. Although our swimming team didn’t win we worked well as a team and looking forward to competing next year”
Coronation Street star Beverly Callard added:” I was so honoured to be invited to the event, it is one of the best days I’ve ever had. It was fantastic to see communities coming together. It really was a brilliant day!”
Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture on Lambeth Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see the Club Wellness games go from strength to strength and once again we were really pleased to host it and welcome people from across London to Lambeth. Getting involved in sport is not just good for your health it’s also a really good way for people to make new friends, and it’s never too late take the plunge and try something new.”
Carolyn Myring, organiser of the Club Wellness Games said; “The annual Club Wellness Games is in its sixth year and we have hundreds of competitors and spectators representing all of our partnerships. This year has been by far the largest games and what is great is that anyone can take part regardless of their skill or ability; all that’s needed is for competitors to be over the age of 55 years. GLL continues to encourage and promote a healthy and active lifestyle for older people through our Club Wellness membership and Community Development team”