- Saturday 27th August
- Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1EW
GLL are holding open days at many of their centres on the 27th of August. We have teamed up with ‘I Am Team GB’ and ITV to hold post Olympics open days that are free for anyone to attend. The aim of this is to inspire the younger generation to take up a sport, but also encourage every generation to stay active and use their local leisure centre. Hopefully Great Britain will already be inspired by the Olympics, and these open days will keep the excitement going into the Paralympics.
All open days are different depending on the centre, but will be similar in the fact that all events will be free, fun and active! Wimbledon Leisure Centre is focussing on swimming, weightlifting and table tennis amongst other fun activities. This is the perfect opportunity for the community to come along and give new activities a go, for rekindle their love for past sports.
We are delighted that Merton Weightlifting Club will be attending to compete and give demos, including GLL Sport Foundation supported athletes Terry Smith and Sam Harrison. They both supported as guest judges at the club’s Christmas competition in 2015 and both have many accolades across several federations. Terry will also be doing a deadlift demonstration – he is an amputee above the knee, so deadlifting 150kg as a demo will be an impressive feat to anyone watching or competing. After the deadlift competition the GSF club lifters will be demonstrating the clean and jerk, keeping in with the Olympic spirit!
Whether you’re around for the whole day, or just want to drop in for an hour, these open days are a great opportunity to try something new, or continue practising an activity you already play. It can be a family occasion, or people can come on their own – a great chance to meet new people! Whatever your age, there is something for everyone at these open days. Please see the poster below for the schedule of activities: