The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland team have been working hard this year to establish new connections and partnerships in our aims to support older people across the country and connect generations through the power of sport.  As a team we are trialling new innovative ways to engage potential audiences to raise our profile and reach new communities.  

  

Read about how the Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland team have been making new connections across the Kingdom of Fife.

In January we ventured into uncharted waters by hosting our first SMFS Open Day in Kirkcaldy with the aim of establishing new activity across Fife.  After an extensive period of 'spreading the word' local people, partners, local press, counsellors and volunteers all turned up to support the event which was really encouraging! As a result we now find ourselves with twelve trained volunteers (and counting) and six Sporting Memories community clubs established across the region!

Our first community club started off in March at Ostlers House in Kirkcaldy, a care complex with residents, day care visitors and sheltered housing.  With the support of Ostlers and Fife Council our first session had 15 participants - lots of interesting characters and backgrounds but a shared love of sport and friendships. The group is still going strong - we even had a visit from the Lord Provost Jim Leishman - and each week our volunteers Ian, Deborah and Craig come up with the most creative games and quizzes. A couple of the participants were even up dancing during the music quiz a couple of weeks ago! 

Craig is our youngest volunteer; he is a pupil at Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy and supports the groups at Ostlers House and Kirkcaldy Rugby Club. Going along to support a Sporting Memories group is really important to him.

"I enjoy Sporting Memories because I really like talking to older people and asking them about their Sporting Memories from when they were young. I signed up to the volunteering because my mum used to work in a care home and I like helping older people."

Building on this momentum and with all twelve volunteers trained we have given the green light for clubs in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Burntisland and Aberdour to confirm their start date. By the end of July 2019 we will have six Sporting Memories clubs up and running in Fife! (We hope to make this seven by August 2019 as we are currently recruiting volunteers for a club at Abbeyview Bowling Club in Dunfermline)

Our partners - in particular Fife Council, Fife Carers Centre, Fife Voluntary Action - have been instrumental in supporting and sharing our work and we are excited to see how the clubs and members develop over the coming months. We are positive there will be lots of stories to tell! 

If you would like to find out more about our work across Fife please get in touch with either Gary ([email protected]) or Donna ([email protected]).  You can find a list of when each club takes place on the website in the Find a Club section.