Digby Brown Dig Deep
Feb 22: Digby Brown Solicitors in Kirkcaldy chose Sporting Memories as their Charity partner in 2023. See how they got on.
The Bromley Boys bringing Sporting Memories to the local community
Feb 15: Our Club at Bromley Football Club is thriving thanks to a combination of community spirit and a group of friends who share a passion for football and the local area.
Roy Bergiers welcomed as latest guest to Scarlets session
Feb 14: The former Llanelli centre visited the Sporting Memories session held at Parc Y Scarlets to discuss his career in Rugby Union
Leyland Club members enjoy incredible experience at Everton thanks to sportsbreaks.com
Feb 6: Four of our Leyland Club members and volunteers, who are life-long Evertonians, visited Goodison Park, for a private stadium tour and matchday experience.
Giant Slayers at Wembley – 1967 and all that!
Feb 5: The year is 1967, the venue is Wembley and the World Cup Winners of ’66 take on the “Auld Enemy” in European Championship qualifiers. Memories of the scorer of the winning goal.
New Online Club launching – all welcome to join!
Jan 22: New weekly online session will take place on Fridays between 11am-12pm, starting 2 February 2024
Gladiators – Dunfermline Club and their favourite moments
Jan 17: “Contender ready! Gladiator ready!” Dunfermline Club share memories of watching Gladiators and find some amazing coincidences with new show
Angie starts the New Year with a fundraising Swim!
Jan 4: Angie Mills-Curtis, who has supported our work across the South of England, saw in The Solent to support our work!
Leyland Club and Blackburn Rovers unite for festive activities
Dec 21: Our Leyland Club recently visited Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park Stadium and the club in return fundraise for Sporting Memories
Christmas joy at our Welsh gathering in Penarth
Dec 21: Clubs across Wales get together in South Wales to get into the festive spirirt, thanks to support from MacMillan Cancer Cymru.
Remembering Michael – Paying tribute to one of our Sudbury Club members
Dec 18: Our Sudbury Club pay tribute to member Michael Harding-Payne, who passed away recently at the age of 79.
Alex Connacher – the Quiz Master supreme
Dec 13: Remembering Alex who brought so much fun to members during Lockdown with his legendary quizzes.
Vital funding to support our volunteers
Dec 5: The Masonic Charitable Foundation have awarded us a donation to recruit, train and support local volunteers across England and Wales.
Bringing boxing to Marden!
Nov 22: Our Marden Club were recently joined by Harrison Frew from Boxfit Community on how he has brought boxing and fitness together into the local community.
Meet the Broxburn Media Stars
Nov 20: Read about how our vibrant Broxburn club hit the headlines and just how important it has become for one member
John Gorman visits our Sandhurst Club
Nov 14: Former Tottenham and England Assistant Manager John Gorman joined our Sandhurst group to detail his career in football
Scarlets welcome Gareth Jenkins as first guest speaker
Nov 8: Former player and coach joined our club at the Parc Y Scarlets to share stories from a lifetime in Welsh rugby.
An award and two world cup quarter-finals!
Nov 2: John Collis, one of many brilliant volunteers, was recognised for his 10+ years supporting Sporting Memories as a volunteer with an award and a trip to the Rugby World Cup
C’mon, let’s go over and see what’s going on!
Oct 31: A chance encounter at a kids football camp led to happy memories for Drumchapel member
Penarth club enjoy insights into the football industry
Oct 25: Ian Gwyn Hughes, Head of Public Relations at the Football Association of Wales was the latest guest to drop into our Penarth club for a chat and share stories from his career in football.
Sport across the generations at Calderwood
Oct 23: Long Calderwood P7's bring new memories to our Calderwood Club in East Kilbride with a sports packed visit
Paralympic champion David Smith OBE pops by Velmore Community Centre to chat about his career in Boccia!
Oct 20: David Smith OBE visited our club in Velmore Community Centre in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, to discuss his career as well as growing up in the local area.
People from across Great Britain unite for Walking Football Tournament in Salford
Oct 19: The tournament, organised by Sporting Memories and supported by Iron Mountain EMEA, saw over 80 people from England and Scotland for a day of inter-generational football fun.
Volunteer Rob shares his RWC experience thanks to sportsbreaks.com
Oct 16: Ireland vs Scotland RWC Paris 2023 - a first hand account from our volunteer Rob
Meeting a safe pair of hands – Stratford club welcome Coventry keeper Ben Wilson
Oct 13: Coventry City goalkeeper Ben Wilson visited out Stratford Sports club to share his journey into football following their recent meeting with team-mate Ben Sheaf.
A Scrumful of Sporting Memories with former Scotland Captain, Henry Pyrgos
Oct 10: Musselburgh welcomes Henry Pyrgos, former Scotland Rugby Captain ahead of the crunch Ireland v Scotland match at the World Cup
My Granny has taken up Shinty and she loves it!
Oct 9: Our Lochgilphead based club have been learning the art of playing Shinty after watching their grandchildren play.
End of a Dedicated Era:
Oct 2: Unsung Heroes and the power of unleashing sporting memories for East Kilbride Calderwood Club
A special week for our Penarth club and volunteer Peter Owen!
Sep 26: Penarth club host special session before club volunteer Peter Owen headed to the Rugby World Cup in France
Dunbar welcomes their very own Athletic Superstar
Sep 25: Paralympic Medal Winner Maria Lyle chats with Sporting Memories members from Dunbar
Stratford Sports Club join Royal Shakespeare Company for summer of activities
Sep 21: Our club in Stratford-Upon-Avon were invited to take part in a range of creative activities as part of the RSC’s 'At the Forest’s Edge' project.
The Andrew Baird Memorial Trophy
Sep 18: Remembering Andrew at Corstorphine - this story encapsulates what we do.
North Berwick welcomes Neil Orr
Sep 5: Former Scottish International and West Ham defender Neil Orr joins our Sporting Memories Club at North Berwick
Bringing clubs together in Wales for a fun summer session
Aug 29: Our Penarth and Rumney Hub club were brought together in August for a special joint session
John Blackley shares his footballing career at Musselburgh Sporting Memories.
Aug 23: Former Hibs club captain and Scottish internationalist John Blackley visits Musselburgh Sporting Memories Club
Catching up with our Bishop Auckland club as they reach their 50th session!
Aug 11: We spoke to Terry Jackson from Bishop Auckland FC on the journey of their Sporting Memories club since it launched in 2021.
Sporting Memories Summer of Sport in Scotland
Aug 7: Members across the country had the chance to enjoy taking part in games during July.
Southside Club gets support from Edinburgh solicitors
Jul 26: Southside Club gets support from Edinburgh solicitors Wright Johnston and Mackenzie
Hearing from an Olympic pioneer! Marden club meet Camilla Kruger
Jul 20: Our Marden club in Kent welcomed a special visitor to their club in July 2023 in the form of Zimbabwean Equestrian rider Camilla Kruger.
Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Dick, Kerr Ladies series
Jul 14: Ahead of and during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, our brilliant volunteer Peter Bloor reflects on the Dick, Kerr Ladies football team of the 1920s
Bob Moncur enjoys Sporting Memories session in Dunston
Jul 12: Newcastle United legend Bob made an appearance at our Dunston club following recent activity at St. James' Park.
East Kilbride Sporting Memories members show they are “Still Game”
Jul 7: Sporting Memories Club members from East Kilbride joined forces for a Sports Day at the John Wright Sports Centre
What killed the Pinks?
Jul 4: A sporting tradition that has slowly disappeared, we speak to the Editor of The Edinburgh Evening News who had to call time on the Pink
New club launched in Llanelli thanks to Scarlets Rugby
Jun 29: We've recently launched a club in Llanelli thanks to support from Scarlets Rugby
Double the fun at Mearnskirk with swimming memories and award-winning exercise.
Jun 28: Sporting Memories club in Mearnskirk look back on the history of Govanhill Baths and hear from inspirational young sports coach and fund raiser Heather Bryson!
Young Farmers, Cakes and Us: a perfect partnership
Jun 21: Read more about how Sporting Memories Scotland teamed up with Lesmahagow Young Farmers to help raise funds for our work!
Celebrating Five Years of our Chorley and Leyland clubs
Jun 19: Clubs in Lancashire celebrate their fifth anniversary since their formation in 2018.
Saying thank you in style! Celebrations held at Volunteers event.
Jun 15: The Sporting Memories team in Scotland were delighted to help make very special memories with the help of some fabulous guests last week for our Volunteers celebration
Assessing the impact of our Replay Sports and Social Club
May 31: Observatory for Sport in Scotland assess our Kirkcaldy group over six-month period to reveal positive impact on participants physical health and wellbeing.
Sporting Memories team up with Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing Brewery
May 30: Donation made towards us for every Shetland Pony pale ale sold!
Graham Gooch returns to Sporting Memories – this time in Dagenham
May 25: England and Essex legend visited our club supported by Essex Cricket in the Community and Dagenham and Redbridge Community Trust
Taking in a day at the cricket thanks to Glamorgan
May 23: Penarth and Rumney Hub Club members enjoy a fantastic day learning more about Sophia Gardens and Welsh cricket thanks to Glamorgan CCC.
Reflecting on royal connections to sport during Coronation
May 5: We reflect on royal connections to sporting events and achievements during the Coronation weekend of King Charles III
Pat Nevin visits Dunbar Sporting Memories
Apr 19: Former Chelsea and Scotland star Pat Nevin made a welcome appearance at our Dunbar club to share highlight from his footballing career
Club guidance for Emergency Alert Test
Apr 18: We have issued guidance to clubs ahead of the Emergency Alert Test scheduled for the 23 April 2023
Photo brings back memories for Motherwell member Dan in remarkable story!
Apr 10: A lovely story about one of our members with a twist you won’t see coming!
New partnership announced with sportsbreaks.com
Apr 3: Sporting Memories and Sportsbreaks.com form partnership to showcase the importance of unlocking sporting memories for fans living with dementia
On your marks, get set, go! An athletics packed morning at East Kilbride
Apr 3: Yvonne Murray-Mooney MBE, one of our Patrons, visits our Westwood Club in East Kilbride
Forest hero John McGovern visits Beeston Club to share moments from illustrious career
Mar 31: John McGovern, a European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest, visited our Sporting Memories club in Beeston to share details from his career in football.
Sporting Memories working with the next generation
Mar 29: A Class Act with 6th year pupils from Cardinal Newman High School and Glasgow Caledonian University Occupational Health students sharing their Sporting Memories bonds
Ladies who lunch and remember Sporting Memories fondly
Mar 22: A Sporting Memories post Covid lasting legacy from our former group at Hayston Golf Club
A Pars-fect trip for our first group visit to East End Park
Mar 15: Members of our Dunfermline club were invited along to East End Park, the home of Dunfermline Athletic FC for a memorable visit.
Welsh clubs enjoy experiences at Ospreys and Cardiff City
Mar 10: Sporting Memories clubs from across South Wales were invited along to watch some live sport in Cardiff and Swansea.
Club guidance for cold temperatures
Mar 9: Guidance for our clubs in preparation of cold weather snap across England, Scotland and Wales.
Fore! Corstorphine Sporting Memories tee’d up a visit to the home of golf.
Feb 28: Members from Corstorphone Sporting Memories Club enjoy a day out at the home of Golf, St Andrews
Raising funds for local groups through new book based on Preston’s Invincibles
Feb 23: A new book which tells the legendary tale of the Invincibles – the Preston North End team who swept all before them for over a decade across the 19th and 20th centuries
Time to celebrate - Dunfermline Club hits first Anniversary
Feb 20: Double Birthday celebrations at Abbeyview Bowling Club as Dunfermline Sporting Memories celebrate milestones
40 not out and a visit from a local MP! Sudbury club welcome guests as club continues to grow
Feb 17: Our Sudbury Club recently hosted their 40th Sporting Memories session and welcomed along local MP James Cartlidge
Teaming up with Caledonian University students to make a difference
Feb 15: Glasgow Caledonina University Occupational Health Students learning from Sporting Memories Clubs in Scotland
Dunfermline Sporting Memories Club welcomes ex Scotland Player and Manager
Feb 9: Read on to hear more about Craig Levein's fascinating football career and his favourite Sporting Memory
Continuing our growth with Sussex Cricket Foundation – new clubs launched in county
Feb 8: Our network of clubs with Sussex Cricket Foundation is growing with new clubs in Hove and Crowborough.
Dementia friendly sports clubs and venues guide launched
Feb 1: The Alzheimer's Society has published a guide for making clubs and venues more accessible and inclusive for people living with dementia
Sharing his journey in athletics – Galanos House welcomes David Moorcroft OBE
Jan 31: Our club at Galanos House Community Hub welcomed Commonwealth champion David Moorcroft OBE to their session in January.
Volunteer needed to lead Kent online Club
Jan 30: We're looking to recruit a volunteer to support the running of our weekly Kent online club
Meeting the 82-year-old Sailor of the Year 2021!
Jan 26: Sporting Memories Musselburgh met with 82 year old sailor of the year 2021, Murdoch McGregor
Calling all students! Support us through the BRIT Challenge 2023!
Jan 17: We're encouraging universities and colleges to fundraise and support us by taking part in the 2023 BRIT Challenge
Welcome Brian! Brian Sloan to join Sporting Memories
Jan 9: The former CEO of Age Scotland will join us in the role of Development Director from February 2023 with a particular focus in our Scottish region.
CEO and Co-Founder Chris Wilkins awarded MBE in New Year Honours List 2023
Dec 30: Chris Wilkins, our Co-Founder and CEO, has been awarded an MBE for services to supporting those living with dementia and loneliness thanks to his efforts with Sporting Memories.
Bellshill School bringing festive and sporting cheer to some of our members
Dec 22: Bellshill High School pupils and Bellshill Club members round off a great year of connections
Visiting a historic ground – local Welsh clubs visit Cardiff Arms Park
Dec 19: Sporting Memories Wales has teamed up with Cardiff Rugby Museum to offer two local clubs the opportunity to visit Cardiff Arms Park during November and December 2022.
The Haileybury Society donate £1000 to Sporting Memories in memory of Peter Ellis
Dec 19: We have been donated £1000 following a collection by The Haileybury Society following the passing of cricket professional Peter Ellis.
Legendary trainer Sir Mark Prescott makes a canter to our Sudbury Club
Dec 13: The winning trainer from this year’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe visits our club in Sudbury to share stories from his 50-plus year career in Horse Racing.
Taking a trip to see the Dragons! Cardiff group use prize from Croeso Week for brilliant experience
Dec 6: One of our Cardiff clubs visit the Newport Dragons following winning an exclusive visit to the Rugby club as part of our Croeso Week held in March.
Funding a trip to the home of Scottish Football for our Corstorphine club
Nov 28: A generous donation from the Johnston Smillie Charitable Trust is helping to support our Corstorphine club run a series of exciting trips for members – including their recent visit to Hampden Park.
Super striker Steve makes welcome appearance at our Sandhurst Club
Nov 14: Former Chelsea and Sheffield United striker Steve Finnieston made an appearance at our club based in Sandhurst, Hampshire, earlier this year.
Checking out our new group – Darts legend Trina Gulliver visits Galanos House for launch
Nov 10: 10-time BDO World Darts Champion Trina Gulliver makes appearance at the launch of new community club at Galanos House
Pars legend Leishman visits Sporting Memories group in Dunfermline
Nov 2: Dunfermline Athletic legend and current Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman MBE, made a visit to our group at Abbeyview Bowling Club
Community united in Salford through walking football tournament
Oct 17: Sporting Memories in Greater Manchester and Salford team up with Iron Mountain for five-a-side walking football tournament, a first for the charity!
Laying down the rules – former referee John Rowbotham meets our Glenrothes club!
Oct 10: Former referee John Rowbotham shares his insight from his 18-year career in Scottish and international football with members from our Glenrothes club.
Yvonne Murray returns home to Musselburgh to share her love of sport
Oct 5: Our Patron Yvonne Murray MBE visits our club based in her home-town of Musselburgh to share her passion for sport with our members.
Sporting Memories join @lostfootballs for their exciting new book!
Sep 23: New book captures the spirit and memories behind footballs lost to time – and is available to buy now at our Online store!
Welcome back Corkerhill! Club relaunches with support from former Scotland defender
Sep 16: Former Motherwell, Celtic and Scotland defender Tom Boyd joins Sporting Memories Scotland team as our Corkerhill club returns to action
The passing of Her Majesty The Queen
Sep 8: It is with deep sadness that Sporting Memories hears of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
Legendary Browns join Sporting Memories club in Scotland to share experiences of the beautiful game
Aug 30: We were delighted to welcome Scottish football legend Craig Brown to our Blantyre club for an online meeting, only for his brother Jock to try and upstage him with a personal appearance in Blantyre the following week!
Frankie Dettori and Trawlerman bring home the prize for Sporting Memories!
Aug 24: Sporting Memories Foundation to receive £20,000 from the Sky Bet Ebor Festival Community Sweepstake thanks to pairing with winning horse and jockey.
Scottish Club Members have access all areas day at Knockhill
Aug 4: Club members from across Scotland were invited to Knockhill Circuit as guests of ROKiT MB Motorsport and Knockhill Circuit for a special day of watching the British Touring Car Championship and Formula 4 Racing.
Former champions and Sporting Memories club members gather for Commonwealth Games Get Together
Jul 28: Ahead of the 22nd Commonwealth Games, taking place in Birmingham, we held a special online Get Together to celebrate the upcoming sporting festival with former champions and our own club members uniting to share memories.
Commonwealth Games Get Together to be hosted on 25 July
Jul 20: On Monday 25 July (between 3-5PM) Sporting Memories will be hosting an online Get Together ahead of the Commonwealth Games for all of our club members, volunteers and facilitators to attend.
Scottish football icons make their way to our clubs
Jul 6: Two of our clubs across the Sporting Memories Scotland Foundation family welcomed some special guests to their recent sessions as they heard about their journey is professional football.
Thank you Paul and Paddy Power – TalkSPORT competition raises funds for our work
Jul 5: Over the course of the 2021/22 season, Paul Hawksbee, one of our brilliant Patrons, has been participating in a score prediction competition for the Premier League, where correct scores would earn a charity of his choice some hard-earned funds.
Fundraising, Mini Golf and so much more at Stratford Sports Club
Jul 5: Stratford Sports Club have been busy with their Sporting Memories group recently through a range of physical and fundraising activities!
Fore! Kirkcaldy and St Columba's clubs try new golf game to Europe!
Jun 22: Our Kirkcaldy and St Columba's clubs have been invited over recent weeks to try an exciting new game of golf, which has just made its way to Europe!
Luther Blissett awarded OBE
Jun 1: Sporting Memories Foundation is delighted to announce that our Patron Dr Luther Blissett DL has been awarded the honour of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to football and charity.
New club in Sudbury opens with help from some Layer Road legends
May 23: We were delighted to see our latest club was launched earlier this week, as our Sudbury club, hosted at Kingfisher Leisure Centre, opened its door to people from the local community in Suffolk.
New clubs announced on the Western Isles!
May 17: We're delighted to announce that Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, with support from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, are launching social activity clubs across the Western Isles with a focus on reducing mental health issues and social isolation for members of the community, as well as increasing opportunities for people to get together and talk about sport.
An evening to remember! – Scottish Volunteers honoured at inaugural Awards
Apr 29: Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland hosted a brilliant night of fun, laughter and sporting reminiscence as it hosted its first ever Scottish Volunteers Award evening.
Our Scotland team achieves Volunteer Friendly Award
Apr 22: Ahead of our Volunteer Awards, we’re delighted to announce that Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland have been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award.
Our brilliant Scottish volunteers to be recognised through awards evening
Apr 12: Sporting Memories Scotland will be hosting its inaugural Scottish Volunteer Awards evening to recognise some of the charity’s amazing volunteers, with Livingston legend Jim Leishman and Olympic Curling champion Millie Smith handing out accolades at the Tony Macaroni Arena in Livingston on Thursday 28 April.
We're supporting the Open Goal campaign
Apr 6: We’re supporting the Sport for Development Coalition’s ‘Open Goal’ campaign, which will showcase how sport and physical activity can contribute to building a fairer, more equitable and sustainable future.
Covid-19 Update – March 2022
Mar 31: With the latest increase in Covid-19 cases across the United Kingdom, we are sharing information on the latest rules for each nation we operate in across the UK along with our updated recommendations for upcoming sessions to ensure the safety of club facilitators, session supporters and members.
Generations gather for Sporting Memories celebration event in Wales
Mar 29: On Wednesday 23 March, Sporting Memories Wales welcomed club members from across South Wales and young pupils from Maindee Primary School for a brilliant multi-generational day of fun and celebration to mark the charity’s ‘Croeso Week’.
Sporting Memories Wales hosting ‘Croeso Week’ to recognise its clubs across the nation!
Mar 18: Between 21-27 March 2022, Sporting Memories Wales will be celebrating its clubs and activity across Wales through ‘Croeso Week’.
A masterclass from a legend! – Graham Gooch joins us in Leyton
Mar 14: As part of our ongoing sessions alongside Essex Cricket in the Community, we were delighted to have England and Essex legend Graham Gooch share his knowledge and insights from his cricketing career with us at Sporting Memories.
From Leeds to Chicago - Jim McCalliog joins Sporting Memories club in Blantyre to share stories from his brilliant career
Mar 9: Sporting Memories Scotland were delighted to welcome former Wolves, Southampton and Scotland midfielder Jim McCalliog to our club in Blantyre earlier this month (9 March) as he shared stories of 16-year playing career across two continents!
Steve Finan: For the love of Fitba
Mar 4: Sporting Memories Scotland recently welcomed Steve Finan, the creator of the Lifted Over the Turnstiles series of books, to Glenrothes to discuss his passion for sport and beyond.
Hello Croydon! We welcome Asian Resource Centre to our network of clubs
Feb 25: We welcomed the Asian Resource Centre Croydon (ARCC) to our network of clubs, as they held their first session on Friday 25th February – in doing so they became our first club to be predominantly focused on engaging with Asian older people.
Welcome Dunfermline! New club opens at Abbeyview Bowling Club
Feb 16: We were delighted to open our latest club in Scotland earlier this week, as we hosted our first ever session in Dunfermline at the Abbeyview Bowling Club.
Sporting Memories teams up with the British Inspiration Trust
Jan 14: We’re pleased to announce that we’re joining forces with the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) ahead of their upcoming challenge.
Omicron update - January 2022
Jan 13: In January 2022, we published further guidance to our Sporting Memories clubs across England and Wales following the latest information on the Omicron variant in the Coronavirus pandemic.