BBC Radio Lancashire Award

Chorley FC and Leyland Sporting Memories Clubs were Highly Commended in this year's BBC Radio Lancashire 'Make a Difference' Awards. Read more

Can you spare a couple of hours a week, from home?

We are looking for online volunteers! Sporting Memories online Clubs have proved so successful that many will continue – in addition to our ‘in-person’ Clubs that have once again opened their doors. Read more

The 2021 Sporting Memories GNR Squad

Our Sporting Memories Squad of 19 is set to run, as the Great North Run celebrates 40 years. Find out how you can support them. Read more

Writing Wednesdays: Shirt Tales, Part 3

"Porto". The third in a series of travel writing – as collecting football shirts turns into an obsession that takes writer and musician Gareth Ashton around the world. Read more

Craig: Running for Sporting Memories

Next up in our Squad profiles: Craig Goldsworthy, who is running the 2021 Great North Run for Sporting Memories. Read more

Nikki and Paul: Running for Sporting Memories

Nikki and Paul, from Newcastle, are running the 2021 Great North Run half-marathon for Sporting Memories. Nikki tells us more. Read more

Our newest Patrons

We warmly welcome Professor Claire Surr and Professor Alistair Burns, who join us as Patrons. Read more

Alex: Running for Sporting Memories

The chance to run the Great North Run, and to raise funds for a charity that meant something, was too good to resist. But it was an experience while working in his role as Communications Lead at Kirklees Council that provided the best motivation. Read more

Writing Wednesdays: Shirt Tales, part 2

"AC Milan v. Lazio: 16 February 2003". The second in a series of travel writing – as collecting football shirts turns into an obsession that takes writer and musician Gareth Ashton around the world. Read more

Tara: Running for Sporting Memories

Tara tells us how she got into running - and just what it means to her. As she prepares to run the Great North Run 2021 for Sporting Memories. Read more

Writing Wednesdays: Shirt Tales

"Russian around Moscow. Summer 2013". The first in a series of travel writing – as collecting football shirts turns into an obsession that takes writer and musician Gareth Ashton around the world. Part 1: "The warning signs on the fences should have been enough to warn me off." Read more

10 weeks to go!

On 14 October 2021 we mark our 10th anniversary. Find out what we have in store over the next 10 weeks. Read more

A brand new partnership

Charities Sporting Memories and Head for Change announce an important partnership – at a time when support for former players living with dementia and their families is so desperately needed. Read more

Scottish Government teams up with the KITbag project

The Sporting Memories KITbag project has received financial support of £25,000 from the Scottish Government, for the distribution of 500 additional packages to individuals referred by over thirty community organisations. Read more

Salford walking football

A match report from Sporting Memories Club member Roy, as his walking football club gets together outdoors - and some members meet each other for the first time since Sporting Memories Clubs went online. Read more

Book launch: 17 June 2021

"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. Read more

EURO memories

As Turkey faces Italy in the first match of EURO 2020, who better to kick off our 'EURO memories' series than footballer Hamit Altıntop – part of the Turkey squad that reached the EURO 2008 semi-finals. Hamit got in touch with our EURO series author and collector, Sporting Memories' Graham Leydon. Read more

A personal statement

We would like to share with you a statement from one of our Co-Founders, Tony Jameson-Allen. Tony says: "After 10 years with Sporting Memories I’ve decided it’s time to hang up my boots and take life a bit easier." Read more

Watch 'An Active Future with Dementia'

Take a look back at the inspirational projects that featured in our 'An Active Future with Dementia' online events, supported by the Life Changes Trust. Read more

Blazing a volunteering trail

Intergenerational volunteering: "Volunteering with the team has enhanced my confidence and communication skills. Knowing I am able to bring generations together to have a laugh is an amazing feeling." Read more

Reflections - and thank you

We are ever grateful to our volunteers. And this extraordinary year has been no exception. We shall be hearing from some of our volunteers, exploring what it means to be a Sporting Memories volunteer, and looking at the variety of roles we have on offer. Read more

The Great North Run 2021

We have places! To join our Great North Run Squad on Sunday 12 September 2021, with no fundraising target. Read more