London celebrations

Community project for over 50s wins major London Sport Awards

A London project whose rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic gave a lifeline to vulnerable people over 50 was honored on Monday evening with a memorable London Sport Award.

Open Age, which is led by Head of Physical Activity Jade Dalton, won the Health & Wellbeing Award, in association with Gympass, at the historic Guildhall for their inspiring work across the capital.

Open Age runs programs for local residents, aged 50 and over, across Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea as well as Hammersmith and Fulham.

Their ability to organize successful online exercise sessions in the blink of an eye has provided many vital outlets in the difficult times of the pandemic.

Open Age surpassed two other incredible nominations – the Harlequins Foundation and Social Action for Health – to take home the award this week.

And delighted, Dalton said: “We had never even been shortlisted before, so being shortlisted was a big achievement in the first place, but winning the prize is amazing.

“We have been recognized on a smaller scale at the Borough level, but to be recognized on a London scale is incredible. ”

Iain Cassidy, CEO of Open Age, added: “I think it is extremely important that third sector charities are recognized, but especially in the last year and a half, that seniors’ organizations are recognized.

“Seniors have faced a lot of issues and it’s great that the services are recognized. ”

Over the past five years, the annual London Sport Awards, in association with the City of London Corporation, have become the largest celebration of physical activity and community and community sport in the city.

And this year’s flagship event once again recognized, celebrated and shed light on the stories of incredible individuals, groups and organizations for their outstanding work in the capital, helping Londoners of all ages and all. horizons to be physically active.

Jas Genesis, Director of Fitness Partner Success at GymPass, which sponsored the Health and Wellbeing Award, said: “It has been an amazing experience to be here tonight at the Guildhall and see all of these amazing people.

“Reflecting on what people have been up to over the past 18 months is so important to celebrate.

“For me, seeing what people have done fits with GymPass’s mission to make fitness and health universal.

“Seeing these amazing people recognized for this is so important and I’m so happy that we can be a part of the Open Age journey.

“The award is full credit to OpenAge and the work they have done over the past 18 months. So many people have done great things and for them to stand out from the crowd is an incredible achievement – congratulations to them. ”

The London Sport Awards, in association with the City of London Corporation, spotlight unsung community heroes who help Londoners from all walks of life experience the benefits of physical activity and sport. To find out more about the awards and how London Sport aims to make London the most physically active city in the world, visit #MakeYourMark