A new lottery funded project has launched in Babergh in Suffolk bringing together older residents over their shared sporting memories.

A range of partner organisations, volunteers, and sports fans have come together in Sudbury Town Hall to launch the new project, which will see Sporting Memory Groups meet in Glemsford, Lavenham, Long Melford and Sudbury.

Starting dates will be in late October and will be confirmed shortly.

Funded by the National Lottery and by Babergh District Council, the project is driven by positive and committed volunteers who love talking sport and supporting people in their area.

These sessions will be open to all over 50’s, and free of charge the volunteer led sessions help individuals explore and rekindle those favourite memories, including those living with dementia, depression or loneliness who connect with others via cherished sporting memories.

Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Sport brings us all together and recalling memories is great for body and soul, whether over a pint or cup of tea with friends or as an icebreaker for friends to be. We’ve seen some really wonderful projects fight rural isolation in Babergh, from the Rural Coffee Caravan to Together Tuesdays, and I’m delighted to welcome Sporting Memories to the area. We all have great sporting moments indelibly carved into our memories and using these to connect people is an outstanding idea that I am certain will create new groups and new friendships throughout our district.”

Anyone interested in joining our volunteers can contact Phil Lown on [email protected] for more details.