11 June 2021

Sporting memories are preserved as part of Kent and Medway Active Partnership Heritage and Wellbeing Project.

Kent’s Sporting Memories is to be launched at a free online event hosted by former rugby union Wales international and British and Irish Lion John Taylor – 11:00-12:30, Thursday 17 June.

John Taylor running with the ball for Wales

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Kent's Sporting Memories captures the sporting oral histories of people in East Kent and is published as part of an award-winning heritage and wellbeing project.

The book comprises the edited transcripts of the oral history recordings carried out by the project, which was created by Kent and Medway Active Partnership and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to address an absence in the exploration, recording and preservation of sporting heritage in east Kent. 

The stories gathered in the book touch on a wide range of sports, including men’s and women’s football, wheelchair racing, cricket, boxing, basketball, as well as activities centered around the east Kent coast, such as wind surfing, waterskiing, and sea swimming.  

By talking about their personal experiences and reflecting upon how their lives have changed over the years, the interviewees featured in the book also shed light on many social aspects of Kent village and town life, including the forging and experience of friendship.

Project Coordinator Michael Romyn says: “We hope as many people as possible will join us for the digital launch of our new book. We are thrilled that John Taylor is hosting the celebratory event, which will be a fun and interesting reflection on and discussion of local sporting heritage with some of the participants featured in the book.”

As a lasting resource for communities to learn about their sporting past, copies of the book are being distributed to local schools, libraries, social hubs, youth and community groups, and sports clubs. The project has also produced an e-version of the book, which will be freely available.   

About the Sporting Memories Project

Beginning in 2019, Kent’s Sporting Memories project is managed by Kent Sport, the Active Partnership for Kent and Medway, and delivered in partnership with the Sporting Memories Foundation, CARM (Caring Altogether on Romney Marsh) and Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project involves sporting and social sessions to improve the lives of people living with dementia. View the project archive.

In 2020, the Community Archives Heritage Group named Kent’s Sporting Memories 'Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year' and winner of 'Best Contribution to Wellbeing Community and Heritage Group'.

Download your free copy of Kent's Sporting Memories

For more information on the project and the book launch, contact Michael Romyn via email at [email protected], or by phone on 07423 284045.