Role title: Sporting Reminiscence Heritage Volunteer

Purpose of the role: To improve the wellbeing of older people by helping to collate sporting heritage material for sport reminiscence groups based around sharing and collating sporting memories from the past.

What you will be doing:

Researching sports history and heritage from across the Uk or specific localities.

Collating information and stories from participants from reminiscence groups

Working in partnership with Sporting Memories Network and host organisations from across sport and communities.

Collating items of local or national sporting heritage and helping to source images from other sports clubs, archives and historians

Skills, experience and qualities needed:

No formal qualifications required.

Personal qualities

An interest in sport and sports history.
Ability to relate to older people.
Patience and an ability to listen.
Ability to work independently.
Good attention to detail.

Skills and Experience
Good communication skills and ability to encourage conversation.
Reliable, with good time management skills.
Good written skills.
General Computer Skills - Use of email/internet/online research/scanning images. 
Creating documents using a computer, Excel experience is desirable
Some experience of historical research or writing (personal, amateur or professional)

Knowledge and Understanding
A knowledge, enthusiasm and keen interest in Sport in general and sporting heritage.
An interest in reminiscence and oral history.
Understanding of the importance of confidentiality.
A well-rounded knowledge of sport, particularly in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80's 

When and where:

Flexible but approx 1/2 day per week based at home or working with local services e.g. libraries, archives, sports clubs.

Training and Support offered  

Support from Sporting Memories Network and their local Ambassador

What you could get out of it:

The chance to take part in a new exciting project and make a big impact on peoples’ lives

The chance to share your enthusiasm for sports

Experience of working with people with dementia and memory problems

The opportunity to meet new people and make friends

Do some volunteering to put on your CV and potentially get a reference


Sporting Memories promote and develop the use of sporting memories to improve the wellbeing of people through conversation and reminiscence.  All of our products and services have been devised as easy to use tools to facilitate this process for individuals, groups and organisations across the globe.

We offer a range of services and products to help you to promote and engage with sports reminiscence:

• Tailored training and support on an individual or group basis
• Bespoke toolkits including sporting reminiscence guidance materials and books
• Ongoing support facilities, delivered both on and off line
• Facilitated group work in a variety of settings
• A regular sports reminiscence newsletter - "The Sporting Pink"

To register your interest in volunteering for this role in one of our project areas, please email with brief information on relevant experience and tell us a bit about why you want to get involved. All posts will be subject to relevant DBS/Disclosure checks.