Sporting War and Sporting Peace 1914-1919 - Part Two

Apr 11: In the second part of Peter Bloor's series, Peter focuses on two gentlemen cricketers who went onto to triumph on the field, but face tragedy away from cricket.

Sporting War and Sporting Peace 1914-1919 - Part One

Apr 4: In the first part of Peter Bloor's series, Peter focuses on two gentlemen cricketers who went onto to triumph on the field, but face tragedy away from cricket.

From Care Homes to the Leisure Centre

Mar 22: We’ve been working alongside Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre on a new project which delivers Sporting Memories into local care homes as well as launching a new weekly session in Stowmarket.

Connecting with loved ones through physical activity

Feb 23: American write Jack Shaw provides his thoughts on how physical activity can help connect older people with other generations

Building a Sporting Memories home in Somerset

Jan 23: We caught up with Steve Gass from Somerset Cricket Foundation about their Sporting Memories Club hosted at Uphill Castle Cricket Club

Saving with the Banks of England - Reflection on England's greatest goalkeeper

Jan 10: In his first piece of 2024, volunteer Peter Bloor reflects on his memories of England's World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE

Our team share their sporting highlights of the year

Dec 22: In this article, our Sporting Memories staff members reflect on their own personal sporting highlights of 2023

Developing a community feel at Cardiff City’s Community Foundation Club

Dec 15: We caught up with Chloe McBratney, Cardiff City FC Community Foundation’s SEN Multi-Sports Coach, to discuss her involvement with our Sporting Memories club run at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Looking for a Christmas gift? Why not buy the lostfootballs book!

Dec 8: We caught up with Lost Founders duo Matthew Lutz and Adam Barnfield as they encourage everyone to buy a copy of their book!

Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Part Seven

Nov 10: The seventh and final part of Peter Bloor's series looking back at the pioneering women's football team of the 1920s, Dick Kerr, Ladies of Preston.

Women's Football roars into the Twenties - Women Footballers Play On

Nov 3: Ahead of the final part of his series on Dick, Kerr Ladies, Peter Bloor explains how women's football continued following the First World War despite being banned by The FA

Connecting older people back to sport – We caught up with Gloucester Charities Trust

Oct 27: In this piece, we spoke with Kerry-Ann Lees, Day Services Manager at the Gloucester Charities Trust, to detail how incorporating Sporting Memories resources and training has helped bring sport back into the lives of older people in the local community.

Our Trustee Simon Scott on his life in rugby and his role with Sporting Memories

Oct 5: We caught up with Simon Scott, one of our Trustees for Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, to detail his career in rugby and his involvement with us.

Our Trustee Simon Scott awarded Scottish Rugby International cap nearly 40 years on

Sep 28: We caught up with Simon Scott, one of our Trustees for Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, after he was awarded an international cap for Scotland after playing for a Scotland XV against a France XV in 1986.

Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Part Six

Aug 17: Part Six of Peter Bloor's series looking back at the pioneering women's football team of the 1920s, Dick Kerr, Ladies of Preston.

Swimming the Serpentine for Sporting Memories

Aug 14: Sam and Alyx McSharry will be taking on the two-mile swimming challenge in September to raise money for Sporting Memories.

Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Part Five

Aug 10: Part Five of Peter Bloor's series looking back at the pioneering women's football team of the 1920s, Dick Kerr, Ladies of Preston.

The story of our club at Velmore Community Centre

Aug 3: We caught up with John Donnelly, one of our many brilliant volunteers who is the club facilitator at our club held at Velmore Community Centre in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Part Four

Aug 2: Part Four of Peter Bloor's Series looking back at the Pioneering women's football team of the 1920s, Dick, Kerr Ladies of Preston.

Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Part Three

Jul 25: Part Three of Peter Bloor's series looking back at the pioneering women's football team of the 1920s, Dick Kerr, Ladies, of Preston.

Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Part Two

Jul 17: Part Two of Peter Bloor's series looking back at the pioneering women's football team of the 1920s, Dick Kerr, Ladies, of Preston.

In Retirement - Looking back on Steve Donoghue a century on - part three

Jun 13: Peter Bloor, one of many brilliant volunteers, looks back on the career of jockey Steve Donoghue. This is part three of three.

Come on Jack! Looking back on Steve Donoghue a century on - part two

Jun 8: Peter Bloor, one of many brilliant volunteers, looks back on the career of jockey Steve Donoghue. This is part two of three.

Volunteers Week – Meet Sue - leading our Marden Club!

Jun 6: In this piece published during Volunteers Week 2023, we speak with Sue Eltringham who runs our club in Marden, Kent, to discuss her volunteering journey with us.

A Derby hat-trick - Looking back on Steve Donoghue a century on - part one

Jun 2: Peter Bloor, one of many brilliant volunteers, looks back on the career of jockey Steve Donoghue. This is part one of three.

I have a dream – sharing a part of history with our Sporting Memories Group

May 16: Barbara Waller, who along with her husband, are part of the Sporting Memories club run by Preston North End Community and Education Trust, shares her memories of witnessing Martin Luther King’s famous speech.

Looking back on five years of volunteering

Apr 20: We caught up with Celine Docherty, one of our former volunteers at our club in Sandhurst, who has recently left after five wonderful years supporting us.

Women's football roars into the Twenties - Part One

Mar 8: On International Women's Day, we are proud to launch a new series from volunteer Peter Bloor as he tells the story of women’s football from its beginnings in the munitions factories of World War One through to its effective ban in 1921.

Scouting some of the biggest stars of football – Meet Leyland member Colin Fairhurst!

Dec 14: Rod Graham speaks to Colin Fairhurst, a member of our Leyland club who was previously a scout for Manchester United!

Meet Leyland member Trevor Meredith - A league winner with Burnley!

Nov 17: Rod Graham spoke with Trevor Meredith, who famously won the league with Burnley and is currently a member of our club in Leyland

Sporting Sideshows of World War One

Nov 7: Peter Bloor, one of our volunteers, reflects on the impact on the Sporting 'Sideshows' that took place during First World War over a century ago.

Dunfermline volunteer Janet speaks about her experience at the club

Oct 4: We caught up with Janet Torley from our Dunfermline club during Scottish Women and Girls Week 2022

Running to raise awareness – Rob Stiles taking on the Manchester Half Marathon

Sep 28: Rob Stiles, the son of England World Cup Winner Nobby Stiles, is running the Manchester Half Marathon on 9 October to raise awareness for those living with dementia and how Sporting Memories can help older people with dementia and other long-term challenges.

Taking on the Manchester Marathon for Sporting Memories – meet Adam

Sep 22: Altrincham club volunteer Adam Caldwell will be running the half marathon in October to raise funds for our work

For our Dunston club and his dad – Meet Great North Run James Fellows

Sep 1: James Fellows, who facilitates our club based in Dunston, in the North East of England, will be one of our runners taking on the Great North Run to raise awareness and funding for us.

Keeping it in the family! Mother and Son pair up to take on the Great North Run

Aug 26: Jane and Mark will fundraise for Sporting Memories as they take on the Great North Run in September

Returning for more! Meet second time runner Michael

Aug 19: Michael Peacock is taking on the Great North Run for a second consecutive year for Sporting Memories.

Volunteer Week - In conversation with Scottish Trustee Gary

Jun 3: We caught up with Gary Scott, who is involved with Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland in a dual role as a Trustee of our Scottish Board as well as volunteering his time at some of our online clubs and our club in Kirkcaldy.

Volunteers Week - Meet our Volunteer Award winners

Jun 1: Recently we held our inaugural Scottish Volunteer Awards where we acknowledge the amazing efforts our volunteers have gone to across the nation. We caught up with Gary O’Hare and Andrew Ferguson, who both won awards on the evening.

Volunteers Week - Meet one of our longest serving volunteers

Jun 1: In our final piece, we speak with John Collis, one of the longest serving volunteers to be involved in our network.

Volunteers Week - Meet Scotland Volunteer Coordinator Liz

Jun 1: We caught up with Liz Price, who is Volunteer Coordinator in Scotland. Liz began by explaining her journey at the charity which started over five years ago.

Volunteers Week - Meet Sussex volunteers Thurstine and Trevor

Jun 1: We speak with two volunteers who support our clubs run through a social license with Sussex County Cricket Club.

The Suffragette Derby of 1913 - Part Three

May 30: Peter Bloor has been delving into the archives to explore ‘The Suffragette Derby’. In the final part of this series, Peter reflects on the race itself, which was dubbed 'the greatest racing fiasco on record'.

The Suffragette Derby of 1913 - Part Two

May 23: Peter Bloor has been delving into the archives to explore ‘The Suffragette Derby’. In the second part, Peter reflects on the jockey involved in the incident with Emily Davison, Herbert Jones.

The Suffragette Derby of 1913 - Part One

May 16: Peter Bloor has been delving into the archives to explore ‘The Suffragette Derby’. In the first part, Peter reflects on Emily Davison, who lost her life when she approached the King’s horse, Anmer, at Tattenham Corner.

Gareth Ashton on Football in Budapest

May 12: Our thanks to Gareth Ashton for volunteering his writing and time to support Sporting Memories – helping us to create resources to spark positive memories and conversations.

Our Scottish power couple - meet Graeme and Joanne Hewit

Apr 26: We caught up with Graeme and Joanne Hewit, our only couple who partner together across Sporting Memories Scotland, to understand why they love being a part of our club as a duo.

Gilvenback in style - we speak to our volunteer John!

Apr 25: We caught up with volunteer John Brown who currently supports our club run at Gilvenbank Community Health Hub, as he detailed his journey to becoming a part of the Sporting Memories Family.

Iby on his five-year journey with our club in Dunbar

Apr 21: We caught up with volunteer Iby Robertson, who has been part of our Dunbar club since 2017. Iby began by explaining how he initially got involved in our club at Dunbar as a member.

A Handy Volunteer! Gordon’s story of supporting several clubs in Scotland

Apr 19: Ahead of our Scottish Volunteer Awards we caught up with volunteer Gordon Handy, who supports the running of several clubs across the Central Belt.

The power of Volunteering with support from Iron Mountain

Apr 14: We’re delighted to be hosting our inaugural Scottish Volunteer Awards later this month, with support from our headline sponsor Iron Mountain.

Croeso Week – Meet Sadie! Supporting our clubs in Pontypridd and Rogerstone

Mar 25: We work closely with Glamorgan Cricket and across South East Wales to run a number of successful clubs that have welcomed in older people from local communities for over the past two years.

Croeso Week – Jane helping us to reach people across communities in Cardiff

Mar 24: We caught up with Jane Clemence, who operates several of our clubs across Cardiff which started during the initial stages of the Coronavirus pandemic. Jane began by explaining how having to start online during the pandemic helped them build to eventually meeting face-to-face.

Croeso Week – Dragons at the heart of their community through Sporting Memories clubs

Mar 22: Dragons Rugby operate four clubs across the Newport and Southeast Wales region as part of their fantastic community work. On Wednesday (23 March), they will be hosting a special event alongside us for ‘Croeso Week’ which will welcome over 50 Sporting Memories participants for a day of fun and reminiscence.

Volunteers

We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help run our clubs all across England, Scotland and Wales – find out more here.

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