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Reigniting Sheffield’s sporting memories

Elderly people benefit from the Sporting Memories Network scheme

Elderly people benefit from the Sporting Memories Network scheme

What are your favourite sporting memories of Sheffield teams, players and matches from years gone by?

A new charity project is on a quest for sporting nostalgia to reignite the memories of the city’s old folk.

The Sporting Memories Network will visit four care homes armed with archive images of sport, memorabilia and reports to help trigger memories from long ago.

Tony Jameson-Allen, the project’s director, said: “It gets people reminiscing about sport, for example their favourite moments watching the Blades or Owls.

“So far to date it’s worked so well. It promotes not only conversations and triggers long-term memories but it also created the real social interaction that brings people to life because sport is such a passionate subject.”

Wednesday, the Blades, Sheffield FC and Eagles have already put their weight behind the project, which is particularly beneficial to people living with dementia and memory problems.

Mark Todd, head of community at Sheffield United, said: “I’ve had the honour of being associated with the Blades for over 25 years and have many fond memories.

“Football is all about experiencing the highs and lows of the game and making many memories to look back on. I look forward to the launch of this valuable project and to reading plenty of memories of life at Bramall Lane.”

The Sporting Memories Network, a charity and social enterprise, will begin its work at Chapel Lodge in Chapeltown, Haythorne Place in Shiregreen, Norbury Court in Burngreave and Moorend Place in Commonside in May, funded by a Public Health grant.

n Record your memories of Sheffield sports – including rugby, football, cricket, athletics, snooker and speedway – at www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/projects/england/sheffield.

 

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