We thank everyone involved in this latest development in our #TalkAboutSport campaign, in particular our Club members and our expert facilitators, without whom this could not have happened

National charity’s #TalkAboutSport campaign leads to weekly talkSPORT radio series, ‘Sporting Memories’

* Brand new series Sporting Memories series, 12.30pm every Saturday and Sunday, on talkSPORT with Max Rushden and Charlie Baker*

With over 120 community Clubs for older people in Wales, England and Scotland, the national charity Sporting Memories uses memories of sport to get conversation flowing, helping to tackle low mood and social isolation.

With the suspension of these Clubs due to the coronavirus outbreak, as for so many other organisations working in the community, a rapid – and dynamic – response has been needed.

A radio series may not be the most likely outlet, but as Sporting Memories co-founder Chris Wilkins explains, it is actually the perfect platform not only for an engaging and emotional listening experience – but also to demonstrate to everyone the power of picking up the telephone and talking about sport.

“Talking about sport is at the very heart of what we do at Sporting Memories. In the ‘Sporting Memories’ series you will hear from people across the UK, lots of laughter, and there will be emotional moments too. Listeners will be taken back to some very special sporting moments and feelings.

“We hope this series will encourage others currently facing these difficult times of social isolation to think about using sporting reminiscence with friends and family, in particular over the telephone.”

Lee Clayton, Head of talkSPORT, says:

"This uplifting series will showcase the full power of sport and how it can positively influence people's lives, in what will be more compelling content for listeners."

Jo Tongue, CEO of Tongue Tied Productions, says:

“At a time when radio is a lifeline and sports nostalgia is a comfort for many, we are thrilled to receive Audio Content funding for this special series. As long-time supporters and admirers of the Sporting Memories Foundation, Tongue Tied Productions cannot wait to help participants share their football stories with a wider audience, while together we all help tackle the wider issue of dementia, loneliness and isolation.”

Each programme began as a recorded phone conversation between a member of a Sporting Memories Club and one of the charity’s expert facilitators. Compiled by Tongue Tied Productions, the programmes are compelling examples of how simple telephone chats on a theme lead to wonderful, and often surprising, memories and emotional conversations.

For further details, images or to arrange interviews, please contact: Chris Wilkins, Co-Founder and Director, The Sporting Memories Network, [email protected]