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.


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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