Celebrating the rich sporting heritage of the Leeds Area assisting the city's
older population living in care. #ReplayLeeds
Sporting Memories Network Project. Leeds October 2012 - 31 Mar 2013
The Sporting Memories Network (SMN) worked with Care Homes across Leeds to test out an innovative approach to reminiscence therapy, which looked back at the city's rich sporting heritage. The SMN trained care home staff to plan and deliver sports- based reminiscence activities, using local and national archive images, reports and memorabilia. The activities were designed to help older residents recall their favourite sporting memories and to tell their own stories. By tapping into their love of sport, the well-being, self esteem and socialisation of residents was promoted. The project was funded by the Skills for Care Workforce Development Innovation Fund and included an evaluation of the work by the Personal Social Services Research Unit of the LSE.
Memories of local sports stars past and present
Current stars and coaches, as well as legendary names from the past from Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, shared their own favourite sporting memories in support of the project. All sports fans in the Leeds area were encouraged to share their own special sports memories on the SMN Replay websites during the project. Each memory submitted was made available for use by the care homes in their activities with residents.
Leeds supporters The project gained the support of Leeds City Council, NHS Airedale, Bradford
and Leeds, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
and Leeds Care Association. Images are central to the project, and we were delighted to have received pledges of support from Leeds United
Foundation, Leeds Rugby Foundation, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Ginetta Cars and Harewood
Hillclimb along with Historypin and West Yorkshire Archive Services.