News & events Stories and news Member news Olympian Fatima Whitbread to welcome 800 over-55s at the 2017 Better Club Games in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Members of Better’s Club programmes at centres across London are preparing for competition at the 12th annual Better Club Games. On Friday, 10th November, teams comprising of over 55s from across London will be descending on the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, for an enthralling day of competition. Olympian Fatima Whitbread, MBE, will also be on hand to open the games, and offer encouragement to those taking part – representing 22 boroughs in London and the south. The Better Club Games celebrates the successful and popular offering of activities for older people at Better Centres. In line with its ethos as a charitable social enterprise, the Club programme offers older people the chance to enjoy a variety of inclusive classes, with the aim of making more people more active, more often. Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at GLL, said: “We are delighted to once again welcome competitors to the iconic Copper Box Arena for the Better Club Games. As the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise we are proud to run this event, that celebrates the benefits that physical activity and an active lifestyle can offer everyone regardless of age.” Teams will compete for points in events including badminton, short tennis, table tennis, darts, short mat bowls, indoor bowls, timed cycle, timed swim and dominoes. To find out how your local team are getting on, keep an eye on Better’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. About GLL/Better Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Under the consumer facing brand Better, the organisation operates more than 250 public sport and leisure centres and over 100 libraries in partnership with more than 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Better leisure facilities enjoy 46 million visitors a year and have more than 850,000 members. GLL exists to make community services and spaces better for everyone. In practice, that means investing all profits back into providing quality leisure and fitness facilities for the good of the communities where GLL operates. Alongside the organisation’s core leisure and library divisions, GLL runs sport and legacy development, health intervention and education, as well as offering the GLL Sports Foundation, one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.