The Sporting Memories Network is a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales (Company Number 07811301) that was founded on 14 October 2011. 

The Sporting Memories Network is an organisation which works in partnership with a range of individuals, groups and agencies, both statutory and voluntary, to promote the benefits and values of using sporting memories to promote and improve the quality of life, self-esteem, mental health and general well-being of people, groups and communities. We engage particularly with people at risk of being marginalised, socially isolated or made vulnerable through ill-health, disability or age. The work and activities of the Network provide benefits by raising awareness and developing training that improves, sustains and enhances the quality of life, care and personal support delivered to individuals, groups and communities through the interactive use of sporting memorabilia, artefacts and other relevant primary sources and building on existing personal experiences.

Meet our board of directors

Chris Wilkins - Co-Founder and Director

Motor racing is my passion and especially historic motor racing. For me it all started watching Rally Cross in black and white on Saturday afternoons on the BBC with the unmistakable voice of Murray Walker. Since then I've been lucky enough to enjoy some wonderful trips to a number of Grand Prix and have great memories such as watching Nigel Mansell slicing through the field in torrential rain in his Ferrari and the whole stand rising to their feet each time he lapped and had passed another car. I remember seeing all the top drivers running along the sea front at Monaco after a mass shunt at Lowes hairpin had brought the race to a premature halt. But the older I get the more interested I have become in motor racing from earlier years.

Fortunately the Goodwood Revival has allowed me to enjoy seeing first-hand the likes of Stirling Moss setting a lap record for the day in more torrential rain at the wheel of a Maserati 250f with spray shooting twenty feet into the air.

Like Murray Walker, my career began in Advertising, but in recent years I have been involved in developing therapeutic memory products including the KnowMeWell Memory Books through my company Caring Memories. It was when I was approached to develop a version of these personalised photo books for the football reminiscence project that I began to realise the scope and amazing opportunity to develop other exciting products to support sporting reminiscence, and as a result helped to set-up the Sporting Memories Network.

Darshan Sanghrajka - Non-Executive Director (Chair of Board)

When I was younger, slimmer, in shape, and just generally 'better' at sport, I'd spend an evening a week at a football coaching club hosted in a local high school. I think you paid like £2.50 a month and you'd get to learn from some great footballers. The coaches were the likes of Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon and we even had Ian Wright. I've been an Arsenal fan since, so as you can imagine, the last how many years have been a blur - and my favourite memory is probably dribbling past Nigel Winterburn (NO, he didn't let me just because I was nine years old).  Outside of football, it has to be Senna at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1991 - when he won despite being stuck in sixth gear. I was a kid totally in awe of everything he did and even though I didn't know how hard that must have been to do, I knew it was special by the roar on the tv.

As I grew up, I realised I just wasn't made to play any sort of sport, my attention focused on anything creative and here I am. I have 12 year's experience in the creative and digital industries. My passion is using design, creative, and tech to tackle social challenges. I do this through Super Being Labs, which I set up to create social innovation that improves lives. Outside of work, I'm a Chair for a charity in Kings Cross called STCA, and on the Ventures Advisory Board at UnLtd - the Foundation for social entrepreneurs.

I'm deeply moved by what Sporting Memories does and I feel so lucky to be on board an organisation with such an incredible team, purpose and vision. Upwards and upwards!

Kelly Hart - Non-Executive Director

Sport plays a big and active part in my life. I grew up surrounded by sport and was quickly inducted as a Nottingham Forest supporter by my family. I have held a season ticket at the City Ground since I was 9 years old and before COVID-19 stopped supporters attending I had not missed a home and away match since Boxing Day 1991!

I attended matches mainly with my dad, but also my mum, sister, uncles and grandparents so it really was a family affair and lots of memories. I was unlucky to be born just as we were winning the European cup (which we have won twice) but I have seen many great players and matches since, attended an FA cup final and five other Wembley Cup trips, and travelled abroad for our European adventure in 95/96 and of course watched the team under the realm of Brian Clough. 

I have volunteered at Glasgow 2014, the Cerebral Palsy World Cup at St Georges Park in 2015 and the Cricket World Cup in 2019 and keep active through swimming, cycling and running. People say my leisure centre is my second home!

I have known Sporting Memories from the days when I worked for the Big Lottery Fund and supported them on their way to securing their first project through the fund. I joined as a Funding Manager of the Sporting Memories Foundation in 2018 and supported the organisation in growing with generating income and supporting strategic decisions and management. My background is working for over 17 years in the voluntary sector around grant funding as well as being a trustee for two charitable organisations locally where I am based, in Nottinghamshire. My dad is currently living with dementia and my mum is his main carer, so I see first-hand the impact dementia has on people's lives and with my love for sport this is a great organisation to be part of and a perfect match to ultimately people have healthier and happier lives.

Sporting Memories Network CIC Registered Office: Northgate, 118 North Street, Leeds, England, LS2 7PN