Using sporting memories and physical activity, we tackle loneliness, low mood and dementia

Digital Sporting Pink

How to register for the digital version of our Sporting Pink publication.

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Author: John Dyer

One-to-one reminiscence videos

A short film looking at reminiscence over the telephone, with guidance and tips on using simple audio contact and suggestions for resources. This is followed by our one-to-one reminiscence training video.

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Author: Helen Johnston

Steps for Sporting Memories

A virtual walking route that stretches for 13.1 miles (or 30,731 steps). You decide how far you would like to walk and when, collecting medals as you go. Set out on your own, or invite friends! Along the way, you will meet and learn more about some of our greatest names in athletics.

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Author: Helen Johnston

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Free weekly clubs now running

265

Volunteers trained in Sports Reminiscence

57,600

Individual attendances at clubs in 2019

The 'Sporting Memories' radio series

Appearing on talkSPORT national radio, Club members recall their own special Sporting Memories in a unique series funded by the Audio Content Fund and produced by Tongue Tied Productions.

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Author: Helen Johnston

PFA Practical Guide to Living with Dementia

Football chiefs from the Professional Footballers' Association teamed up with the Sporting Memories Foundation and researchers from the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University to produce a guide to help former players diagnosed with dementia.

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Online Sporting Memories Clubs

There are online Sporting Memories sessions every day of the week, in Wales, Scotland and England. Find the session that works for you!

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Author: John Dyer

Upcoming events

  • 28th October "Refresher" Online Training Session

    This 3 hour workshop is for existing volunteers and partners who have previously completed face to face training with Sporting Memories. The workshop will take place online via Zoom and will give you a refreshed overview of our organisation and equip you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate an online club. This is an interactive session and an opportunity learn about features of Zoom and how to effectively use Sporting Memories resources online. Read more

  • 26th October "New Volunteer" Online Training Session

    This 3 hour workshop is for new volunteers who haven't previously completed any training with Sporting Memories. The workshop will take place online via Zoom and will give you an overview of our organisation and equip you with the knowledge and skills to help facilitate our online clubs. This is an interactive session and an opportunity to meet other Sporting Memories volunteers.   Read more

Latest news

  • "Oh we do like to be beside the..."

    It was a session with a difference. It may be autumn - but who says you can't wear sunglasses and hats? Our Swansea online group took a virtual seaside walk, and even better, it ended with ice cream. Yum. Read more

  • A half-marathon later...

    2020 is the year the Great North Run went ‘virtual’ – and so did we! Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who ran, stepped and donated for Sporting Memories. Read more

What's happening

  • The Volunteer Zone

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  • Steps for Sporting Memories

    A virtual walking route that stretches for 13.1 miles (or 30,731 steps). You decide how far you would like to walk and when, collecting medals as you go. Set out on your own, or invite friends! Along the way, you will meet and learn more about some of our greatest names in athletics. Read more

  • What we do

    We are Sporting Memories. We are dedicated to bringing together older adults to talk about and remember sport. Through the power of sport we tackle social isolation. We help to increase the well-being of those living with low mood, dementia and other conditions. Read more