Get Involved in Suffolk’s Sporting Memories

Get Involved in Suffolk’s Sporting Memories

15 August 2017

Sporting Memories Network new county wide programme launched in Suffolk on Tuesday 15th August.

Sports stars John Wark - Ipswich Town, Liverpool and Scottish international, and Bill Tancred MBE - Double Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist were present to celebrate the kick off of the initiative that sees Sporting Memories Network teaming up with Suffolk’s Most Active County Partnership to establish free, weekly community based, volunteer-led Sporting Memories groups, aimed at Sport’s fans over the age of 50.

Meeting up to share memories of watching or playing sport is proving to be a fun, sociable and effective activity that helps older adults to age well and to remain fit and active. 

The groups will take place in a variety of venues and locations, including libraries, community centres and sports grounds across the county. As well as enjoying discussing the memories that will be triggered by images and memorabilia supplied by Sporting Memories Network, group members also get the chance to enjoy trying out some accessible sports and physical activities. 

Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health said “There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating the benefits of reminiscence for older people, not just those experiencing dementia but also low mood, anxiety and depression. Sport and sporting events of the past are a wonderful catalyst for sparking memories and tapping into the passion and the love of sport that large numbers of the community have. We are therefore delighted to be working with The Sporting Memories Network to establish sporting memories groups in Suffolk. It is another positive step on our journey to become the Most Active County in England.”

Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder of Sporting Memories Network said “We are excited to be working with the Most Active County Partnership to tap into the sporting history and heritage of Suffolk. So many great memories and stories will doubtless come from the groups, as well as many friendships being made. There is always a lot of humour, the sessions are great fun for any older sports fan. Staying active, both mentally and physically, as well as connected to people and interests is crucial to ageing well”

The first groups will be established in the Stowmarket and Ipswich areas, kicking off in September and October, with further groups developing in other areas of the county including Lowestoft, and Newmarket. To find out more about volunteering opportunities or attending a group, contact Richard Hunt, Suffolk Area Coordinator, Sporting Memories Network:

Or sign up to volunteer on our website here