Independent on Sunday 17th Febraury 2013

"A similar sentiment could apply to sport in general, and Everton's initiative is part of a growing national trend in the care of dementia sufferers to exploit the rich seam of memory that sport leaves in so many minds......

......The Sporting Memories Network's tentacles are reaching far and wide. They have groups running on NHS wards in London and Newcastle, and a planned collaboration with the Glasgow Housing Association will help form part of the city's Commonwealth Games legacy in 2014.

Moreover, a "vibrant" programme of sports-reminiscence therapy is currently taking place in 15 care homes across Leeds. This has the support of Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos and The Yorkshire County Cricket Club."

Neil Warnock, the Leeds United manager, is among a cluster of local personalities who have shared their favourite memory, and fans are invited to give theirs too. Indeed, visitors to the Sporting Memories website can discover a bank of recollections provided from across the world of sport, with contributions from the likes of Formula One driver David Coulthard and golfer Sam Torrance.

The network are also involved in staging dementia-awareness events at football and rugby league matches - the next taking place in March at the Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls Super League fixture."

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