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“Our contribution as voluntary organisations is a life saver.” : Clasford Stirling MBE

In 1985, Broadwater Farm became notorious as Britain’s most vicious estate, when a mob hacked a policeman to death. Thirty years on, Broadwater has one of the lowest crime rates in the borough of Haringey, an area that is one of the most ethnically diverse in the UK. A leading figure to help bring about this positive transformation is Clasford Stirling MBE, who has been a youth worker on the estate for 38 years and runs the Broadwater Farm Community Centre. Since the launch of Silver Tuesday at Lordship Rec, Haringey in July 2016, Stirling has been involved with Silverfit and coaches the Badminton group at the venue. 

Image courtesy: Tottenham Journal
  • You have a long and fantastic history of working with youth and the local community, what does your day to day routine involve?I have been working in the community for so long that I never have a rest day. There’s always something to be done. I am always helping residents with legal, domestic problems, court cases, etc. I deal with so many different things which have just become part of my life. Even though it’s not a paid role, I am surprised at the success that’s come with it! I am the sort of person who does what they say, so people come to me even issues like a passport application. Helping people in the community is a part of my life!
  • You are currently coaching our Silverfit badminton group, is this something you have undertaken for the first time – for this age group?It’s the first time I have started coaching this age group, it’s been a joy! When you get into your later years, unless you’ve been in leisure/sport when you’ve been younger, it’s hard to keep physically active. Silverfit has really built up, it’s great to have the older generation active in Broadwater Farm. It’s fantastic to see the interest of the members! Infact, this is something that should be replicated in the whole borough. As long as it continues I will be with Silverfit!

    Clasford with his Badminton group in Haringey!
  • You have spoken about having the need for right role models for the next generation. Do you think given the growing issue of isolation amongst our older generation, a collaboration between the two generations may work? I think we need activities for the middle and older aged to get more involved with community development so they can be out and about. It’s mostly the young who are participating currently. We need to get older folk involved in community development, as it also helps the youngsters a lot. The more they are around, the more it will encourage the younger generation. I have never seen many younger folk play badminton but I bet you if they see the older folk, they will want to do it too! Children are brought up with respect for their elders, so we should tap into this.
  • How has Broadwater farm and Tottenham changed in the last few years? Has the demographic changed? Does this impact the kind of support system the residents and locals needs, is it different to a decade ago?Yes, although, it’s not an easy one to answer. The changes are mostly because of the council cuts. It’s very difficult as people are looking for jobs, striving to keep paying their bills, etc. The culture has changed a bit, initially it was very Caribbean, Irish, White English but now it’s a mix of African, Turkish, Kurdish, etc. and more multi cultured. The economic status has changed a little bit, it’s the late 70s, there was 90% unemployment, but we got together and decided to make a change and determine our own future. We created jobs, etc and helped the estate change. Silverfit has also contributed to the community with the introduction of activities for the over 45s and 50s.
  • Are volunteer led organisations key to bringing communities together in an age where we are increasingly isolated as individuals? I think volunteer led organisations are the number one for the community building. The community is always there and doesn’t operate on a 9-5 basis. Our contribution as voluntary organisations is a life saver. Not only do we help defuse many difficult situations before they pose a problem, but provide activities, opportunities that people would not normally partake in.
  • What is your dream for Tottehnham and Broadwater Farm? I think for me, my dream is not just local, its national and for the world. I grew up in a large family. I came here not knowing what racism was about, even though things were echoed around us. Even today, despite the way the world is going, my family is everybody. My dream for Tottenham is for everyone to see everyone as they are and as a family. It might seem too perfect, but it can be achieved. We have evolved, yet we seem to be going backwards. But we need to come together. I hope to play a part in making this happen!

Thank you, The Gym Group for choosing Silverfit as December’s Charity of the Month!

In December 2016, Silverfit was nominated as The Gym Group’s Charity of the Month.

For every new member that signed up to any of The Gym’s sites that month, they were given the option to donate £1 to their first month’s membership fee, with The Gym Group then transferring all money collected to the charity at the end of the month.

We are delighted to announce, a charity payment has made its way to Silverfit! This sizeable donation will keep several of our venues going, and we are very grateful for the support and encouragement. Thank you from all of us at Silverfit!


Silverfitter Michele: Since I joined Silverfit, I haven’t looked back and love my new life!

Michele is a regular at Silver Wednesday, Whitton. Here’s her Silverfit story…

“I am 58 and have had some health issues. I had to have a hip replaced early in 2015, and then the other one in April 2016.
Whilst in my doctors surgery, I saw a poster for Silverfit though I had no idea really what it was about.

I saw Bollywood fitness dancing advertised which looked so much fun and I wondered if I could do it! Once I was mobile enough to join I did and started in the September 2016.

I was with other like minded people who just want to have fun and keep fit. We are all at different levels of fitness but it really doesn’t matter as it’s all about having fun which we do! I enjoy it so much and we are such a sociable group who sit and chat after with drinks. We also went for a lunch together few weeks ago, to a vegetarian restaurant which was also something new for me.

This has given me the confidence to try other things which I have done since such as para gliding  and para sailing in Turkey.

Then I thought what else would I like to do? I want to learn to fly! So in Sept, I had my first lesson and gave not looked back since.

Silverfit is for anybody at any level of fitness. It’s about having fun and making new friends. For me it was more than that thought. It had given me the confidence and made me realise that even though I’m 58 I can do whatever I want and feel great about doing it. I haven’t looked back and love my new life!”


Silverfit chosen as one of the startups for #ActiveLab

We are delighted to be one of the chosen finalists by UK Active’s #ActiveLab initiative.  We look forward to being a part of this exciting project!

With the UK’s physical inactivity epidemic costing £20bn each year and causing 37,000 deaths, the need to find innovative ways to inspire active lifestyles has never been more pressing. Backed by founding partners AXA PPP and Tech City UK, ActiveLab aims to stimulate scalable health solutions that can help to overcome one of society’s biggest challenges.

– #ActiveLab, UK Active

News article: click HERE



Silverfit reach the final in the Aviva Community Fund


Thanks to votes from our supporters, we have made it into the final of the Aviva Community Fund. There were hundreds of projects in the competition and over 5 million votes cast so it’s a wonderful achievement to get this far.

All the finalists are now being judged and we will find out on 10 January 2017 whether we’ve won funding to start a new Silverfit fun & fitness day in Southwark. The judges will be looking for projects that will have a real impact and will be sustainable over the long term.

The full list of finalists is at

We’ll let our supporters know as soon as we hear whether we’ve won.

Thanks again for your votes, we couldn’t have got to the finals without you.


Please vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund


We’ve entered the Aviva Community Fund to win enough funding to start a new Silverfit fun & fitness day in Southwark. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so your votes will really count.

Please help more people to have the chance to enjoy the fun of Silverfit by registering and voting for us HERE.  It will only take a few minutes of your time.

Everyone who registers gets 10 votes, so you can vote for other worthy projects as well, or you could choose to cast all of your 10 votes for Silverfit! Voting closes at midday on 18th November. Please share this with your family and friends too and ask them to vote for Silverfit.


Silver Sunday – October 2nd 2016

Join us for Silver Sunday  at Burgess Park on October 2nd! For more details on activities on offer please have a look at the flyer below!

We are also delighted that Cllr Maisie Anderson will be joining us, and hopefully also Dr Zoe Williams (Trust me,  I’m a doctor!) with the Grim Reaper following to ensure we walk fast enough around the lake & beat him!

When: October 2nd, 2016. 11am onwards

Where: Burgess Park – Park Life Cafe, Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park, London SE5 0RJ.



Nordic Walking has improved my asthma beyond recognition! – Silverfitter Albert Dang

Albert Dang has been attending Silver Friday in Broomfield Park since it first began in 2015, where he tried Nordic Walking. Albert shares his experience of being a Silverfitter and how it has improved his quality of life!

Albert Dang

I found out about Silverfit from another Silvefitter Peter Davies. I was very impressed with the friendly and extremely helpful volunteers at the classes for us over 50s. I was surprised to see an organisation like Silverfit which makes elderly people fitter, with very little cost. As a lot of us live on our own, Silverfit provides a social setting for people to make friends.

When Silver Tuesday Haringey was launched in July 2016, I gave Yoga a try, and enjoyed it very much! The variety of activities on offer at both these venues (Broomfield and Haringey) makes me feel very lucky indeed.

I had never done Nordic Walking, but after trying it at Broomfield Park, I found it very relaxing, and it’s a whole body workout which is very important for elderly people. Being in the fresh air makes the session even better! I have asthma, but I have found that exercising in open air helps this condition.  My asthma has improved beyond recognition! I am also going to try out Badminton at Haringey in the future, as I used to play tennis but haven’t done so in over 60 years.

Fiona is a great Silverfit Ambassador who is caring and friendly. The Silverfit setup creates a friendly atmosphere, which is great for older people as we now have friends to speak with for an hour once or twice a week. We are very lucky to have Silverfit in our area!



The results for our 4th and final aquathlon of 2016 are now out!

Thank you to all our competitors who have made the series such a great success! A big thank you to our friends at Swim For Tri, Event and prize sponsor Speedo UK, prize sponsor DryRobeRoyal Parks for the fabulous venue and last but not the least, our superb volunteers, marshals, Race Director Mick and his team!

Hyde Park Twilight Aquathlon 31 Aug 2016
Number Name Swim Time Overall Time Place
18 Sebastian Buhs M 7.29 25.35 1
71 Simon Crook M 7.50 26.17 2
15 Peter Cook M 8.18 26.44 3
39 Charmaine Wheeler F 6.57 27.08 4
20 Tom Frost M 7.12 27.15 5
40 Jessica Thorpe F 6.40 27.18 6
65 Jose Manuel Pabon M 9.22 27.22 7
45 Jack Hambleton M 8.45 28.43 8
5 Claire McMahon-Adie F 8.21 28.47 9
46 Helna Hayes F 7.23 29.15 10
50 Adam Morton M 9.20 29.29 11
32 katie Gilkes F 8.52 30.16 12
10 Lara Langston F 7.18 30.38 13
57 Philip Richards M 9.02 30.45 14
21 Trevor Barrett M 9.58 31.13 15
29 James Dark M 10.56 31.43 16
69 Alex Vallmajor M 9.20 31.45 17
49 Matthew Snelling M 9.39 31.47 18
42 Rosh Karunaratne M 9.04 32.28 19
6 Max Baker M 8.43 32.41 20
62 Anna Chong F 8.40 32.46 21
64 James Harvey M 12.06 32.46 22
14 Aidan Stanley M 10.18 33.19 23
16 Benoit Dutreige M 11.23 33.26 24
24 Emilu Pottle F 10.16 33.37 25
59 Harriet Sumner F 8.02 33.53 26
67 James Downie M 11.28 33.59 27
58 stewart bowring M 11.07 34.18 28
38 Ian Gummery M 10.47 34.30 29
35 Emma Boggis F 10.25 34.39 30
47 Nicola Waters F 9.25 34.58 31
41 Bethany Evans F 9.08 35.07 32
66 Anna Jones F 9.16 35.10 33
11 Ella Mutch F 8.53 35.12 34
7 Kevin Carley M 10.09 35.16 35
26 Anne Bennett F 11.07 35.17 36
3 Fran Brown F 8.51 35.22 37 Paratriathlete
17 Rebecca Neil F 8.13 35.51 38
72 Thomas O’Mahoney M 9.44 35.56 39
19 Hannah Nixon F 10.05 36.40 40
70 Antoine Chenevier M 11.57 36.52 41
9 Winston Lord M 12.51 37.07 42
8 Karrie Archer F 10.25 37.24 43
63 Louise Phillips F 9.55 37.58 44
61 Richard Johansson M 13.00 38.04 45
13 Justin Hayes M 10.54 38.11 46
33 Rhiannon Needham F 12.31 38.22 47
56 Holly Wright F 12.04 38.31 48
37 Claire Field F 12.02 38.37 49
55 Robert Bricout M 12.06 38.49 50
25 Diane Suter F 12.57 39.16 51
44 Marc Daniels M 11.18 40.28 52
54 Helena McCarthy F 9.45 40.33 53
51 Sarah Ov F 11.51 40.45 54
36 Poppy Hayes F 10.16 40.49 55
2 Ian Madelin M 11.48 41.00 56
28 Sara Dark F 10.38 41.20 57
60 Margaret Lang F 14.45 41.29 58
53 Claire Lawrence F 12.00 41.44 59
4 Katherine Curran F 12.11 42.09 60
73 Camilla Allwood F 12.20 43.31 61
23 Anthony Lee M 12.04 43.49 62
68 Helene Guyot F 10.22 44.51 63
43 Mandy Halsey F 19.55 52.37 64
Relay Teams
Swim Run
1 Dan Bullock M 6.21 Ben Dibley M 24.32
30 Becky Christie F 8.29 Katie Murray F 26.44
34 Brett Baker M 6.41 Rose Baker F 26.58
31 Tom Hodges M 11.25 James Stock M 29.54
22 Emily Mitchell F 11.14 Lucy Taylor F 39.43
27 Garnet Walters F 14.38 Heide Rasmussen F 40.27
Swim Only
48 Ashley Beevers F 11.50 only swim 1
Run Only
52 Louise Bisset F no swim 43.07 1
Incomplete Swim
12 Nathan Singleton M no time 33.23




Sunset Aquathlon Hyde Park #3

The results for our 3rd aquathlon of 2016 are now out!

Number Name Swim Time Time Place
51 Romain Benvenuto M 7.22 26.06 1
43 Simon Crook M 7.42 26.35 2
19 Tom Frost M 7.13 27.16 3
60 Jose Manuel Pabon M 8.59 27.18 4
49 Daniel Castle M 8.02 27.57 5
39 Leroy Gardner M 9.21 28.27 6
50 Guillaume Mousty M 8.41 28.34 7
18 Ed clow-wilson M 8.07 28.57 8
25 Renato Kempter M 8.13 29.11 9
44 Shona Cowper F 8.57 29.13 10
3 James Paull M 8.17 29.15 11
56 Antoine Sevilla M 7.03 29.5 12
45 Peter Lowry M 8.17 30.25 13
28 Richard Turner M 11.19 30.27 14
48 Aga Wiciuska F 8.55 30.52 15
30 Danny Beereer M 9.45 31.05 16
1 Max Baker M 8.12 31.07 17
32 Richard Mckenna M 9.3 31.16 18
58 Tomas Vorel M 9.15 31.22 19
7 Elliott Chua M 9.43 31.28 20
6 Josep Morato M 6.57 31.47 21
21 Rob Marshall M 9.51 32.16 22
38 Alicia Lauckuer F 9.26 32.2 23
4 Alex Holden M 7.58 32.31 24
41 Paul Wilson M 8.52 32.42 25
40 Matthew Snelling M 11.03 32.52 26
29 Tom Rawnson M 9.43 33.52 27
53 Hugh Allman M 8.5 34 28
16 Pam Hemstrom F 10.07 34.02 29
57 Fergal Cullen M 11.22 34.02 30
23 Tim Kyndt M 9.58 34.08 31
33 Charles Allman-Brown M 9.28 34.15 32
10 Ian Gummery M 10.2 35.01 33
27 Thomas O’Mahoney M 9.17 35.02 34
26 Anne Bennett F 10.45 35.03 35
37 Mauro Vilasi M 12.4 35.19 36
34 Nick Entwisle M 10.29 36.38 37
13 Charlie Holloway F 10.13 36.45 38
35 Steven Nelson M 10.19 36.45 39
42 Jorge Amirola Sanz M 12.3 37.34 40
55 Arnaud Sire M 12.47 38.2 41
22 Robert Bricout M 11.55 38.4 42
17 Sarah Giles F 12.29 40.06 43
46 Eva Parry-Jones F 12.1 40.22 44
47 Eleanor Parker F 13.18 40.22 45
54 Zillah Byng-Thorne F 12.36 41.02 46
59 margaret lang F 14.05 41.19 47
5 Sarah Ov F 12.28 41.24 48
9 Charlotte Kelloway F 13.47 41.28 49
36 Emma Bennett F 13.23 42.23 50
12 Camilla Allwood F 12.15 46.15 51
15 Louise Bisset F 15.49 48.21 52
14 Joshila sharma F 16.02 50.15 53
8 Fran Brown F 8.26 51.24 54
Relay Teams
Swim Run
11 Iain Jameson 6.48 George Jameson 29.07
31 Lydia Brookes 8.29 Richard Wilson 31.55
20 Oliver Price 9.37 Dave Morley 33.12
24 Karrie Archer 10.38 Sandra Jones 36.38
2 Baiju McCubbins 11.18 Heidi Rasmussen 36.15
52 Rhiannon Needham 12.28 Joanne Marshall 37.21