On 3 December 2020 we held our first ever online conference, hosted by Alastair Hignell CBE with special guests Henry Winter, Luther Blissett, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Ray Fallan and our members and volunteers.

We are delighted to be able to share a recording of the conference.

Below the video is a summary of each section.

Alastair Hignell CBE

Our host for the event Alastair Hignell looks back on his career as a professional rugby player, cricketer and broadcaster. He speaks about his experience of connecting with his father, who lived with dementia, though sport.

06:50 minutes in – Henry Winter, Chief Football writer for the Times

Henry introduces the topic of dementia in football. He talks of his personal experiences of dementia and the power of sporting reminiscence.

11:00 minutes in – in conversation with Ray Fallan

Ray Fallan is a former carer, for her husband who lived with early-onset dementia and died in 2018. Ray is now a dementia professional. She talks powerfully of her own experiences, on the importance of carers being heard, the barriers carers face and the support that is needed.

25:00 minutes in – Henry Winter in conversation with footballer Luther Blissett, who has 40 England caps and played for Watford and AC Milan

Luther explains how he came to be involved in Sporting Memories and talks of seeing members of his own footballing generation being affected by dementia. They talk about head injuries and attitudes to them, and on heading the ball in practice and matches. They talk about what should be done now by FIFA and the role of the PFA. Luther remembers his favourite career moments.

50:20 minutes in – Quiz! With a bonus question from Alastair

53:00 minutes in – Sporting Memories Co-founder Chris Wilkins

Chris talks of challenges for the sector, now and in the coming months, and on loneliness and isolation. He talks about keeping connections alive and how Sporting Memories has adapted: the lessons we have learned and the future of our work – including Sporting Memories in care homes and the opportunities and challenges this presents.

1 hour 5 minutes in: Alastair in conversation with three times F1 World Champion and dementia campaigner Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

On Sir Jackie's role as a carer for his wife Lady Helen, his charity Race Against Dementia, and his own sporting memories.

1 hour 29 minutes in: Alastair launches the 'Steps for Sporting Memories' Sir Jackie Stewart virtual walk, which everyone can join.

1 hour 30 minutes in: The Sporting Memories family of members, carers and volunteers

Their stories, in their own words. A powerful section, on their experiences and what Sporting Memories means to them.

1 hours 48 minutes in: Alastair rounds up with details of our #TalkAboutSport campaign

Sporting Memories resources: how you can get involved with what we do, and find inspiration to talk about sport with someone you know – sparking those positive memories that are so important.