After attending our training session, a care home in North Lincolnshire put Sporting Memories' unique approach at the heart of their care. A lounge was decked in sporting memorabilia and staff worked with residents and relatives to research each resident’s own sporting background. A sporting memories wall was created and staff enabled residents to try out the sports they once played or arranged for trips to their local football, swimming and boxing clubs. They found a new way to connect with residents and to provide meaningful, fun activities that proved beneficial for all involved including the staff involved, who reported an increase in their own job satisfaction.


Freda, a resident living with dementia, revealed during a session that she had previously enjoyed competing in ice-dancing. Staff at the home contacted their local ice rink and arranged for Freda to visit. At the age of 76, Freda was assisted by staff from the home and the ice rink to put on her skates and, using an adapted walking frame, was able to safely experience being on the ice once more. The staff at the ice rink then produced an adapted sled and assisted Freda to sit in it and enjoy being towed around the rink, experiencing all the sensory stimulation of the sounds of the skates, the wind on her face and the feelings of the graceful movements on ice.


Evidence base

Sporting Memories Network CIC has a formal collaborative agreement with the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University. Since being founded in 2011, our work has been evaluated by academics and researchers, including the London School of Economics (Skills for Care Workforce Innovation fund projects 2012 and 2013), Orla Cronin Associates (Spirit of 2012 Trust Sporting Memories: Uniting Generations), Leeds Beckett University (The Replay Sporting Memories App – Comic Relief 2016/17) and Glasgow Caledonian University (Life Changes Trust 2015–2018).