12 July 2020
Pictured: Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland COO Maurice Donahue takes part in the Get Together

We were delighted when Preston North End Community and Education Trust (PNECET), who run a weekly Sporting Memories Club, offered to host the event. Our thanks go to everyone – volunteers, staff and Sporting Memories members across our Clubs – for making it happen! We wore bright clothes, football scarves, fought hard in the team quiz – and of course there was lots of laughter.

Sporting Memories Co-founder Chris Wilkins says:  

“It all began when we joined this year’s Great Get Together, an initiative from the Jo Cox Foundation funded by Spirit of 2012 which was established following the murder of MP Jo Cox on 16 June 2016. Each June and throughout the year, it celebrates the power of community. And so we had the idea to come together as Sporting Memories Clubs across three nations in celebration of our local Clubs.

“It was so well received that we couldn’t possibly not do something similar again. So what better excuse than the EURO 2020, which of course would have been held in July this year.”  

PNECET Inclusion Manager Melissa Brown says

“After the suspension of the weekly Preston North End Sporting Memories Club due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were determined to stay in touch with our members, particularly with the current crisis having caused an increased risk of loneliness for so many.

“Our online club has been running for nearly two months now and it has been great to see our members making the transition from in-person meetings to going online. Our lead volunteer Martin Atherton has done an excellent job of hosting the meetings, most recently by leading the EURO 2020 Get Together.

“We have been working together with the EFL Trust [English Football League Trust] on our Tackling Loneliness Together project and initiatives such as Sporting Memories can play a huge part, especially in the current climate where so many initiatives have been taken online, in helping people to become more socially involved in their communities."

We have ideas in store for our next Get Together. Watch this space!