For people over 50 who are currently inactive and would like encouragement and support to be active at home, the Sporting Memories #KITbag provides equipment, motivation, guidance – and opportunities for companionship.

We distribute #KITbags through organisations who work with older people (though currently not within care home settings), and in some areas it is possible for individuals to contact us directly.

Sporting Memories sends the #KITbag directly to people's homes. There is no cost to either organisations or individuals. There are details at the end of this page about how to get involved.

The #KITbag is a complete service that provides:

Companionship

– Regular keep-in-touch phone calls
– Opportunities to take part in Sporting Memories online sessions or phone circles

Motivation

– A personalised record book to record progress
– One-to-one support
– An exercise guide
– Exercise videos (DVD)
– Equipment: a stress ball, beach ball with pump, and resistance band

Inspiration to remember and talk about sport

Remembering sport and sparking conversation and positive memories lies at the heart of Sporting Memories. The KITbag also contains:

– Four editions of our Sporting Pink nostalgia paper (with new editions sent after 1 month)
– A DVD introducing the Sporting Pink editions, with filmed discussions and sporting conversation relating to them

How to get involved

Do you represent an organisation in England or Scotland that works with older people living in their own homes and who may be interested in receiving the #KITbag service? To send us your details, please complete our #KITbag enquiry form for organisations.

Do you live in Wales and are interested in taking part in the #KITbag project, or know someone who might be? To find out which areas of Wales are covered by the project and to send us your details, please visit our #KITbag Wales page.

Care homes

The KITbag service is currently not available within care home settings. You may be interested in signing up for weekly copies of our digital Sporting Pink, which as well as sporting reminiscence articles contains weekly suggestions for gentle exercises. You will also find ideas for exercises and more on our activities pages.

Our thanks go to the following organisations, who have made this service possible through their support:

Corra Foundation, National Lottery Community Fund, HAF