Sport is an incredibly powerful tool, and is one of society’s greatest assets when it comes to inclusion. The Sporting Memories Foundation is a fantastic charity that uses the power of sporting reminiscence to tackle isolation, dementia, loneliness and depression.

Relighting the Sporting Fire

Sporting Memories supports older people across the UK by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport. By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into a passion for sport, it helps people to connect not just with others but with their past, reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that may otherwise remain hidden away. The power of this sort of reminiscing is incredible, and allied with the power of sport, produces some wonderful results.

Once the spark has been lit, the desire to have a go at other physical activities can return and Sporting Memories encourage and facilitate physical activities, inclusive sports and games that everyone can take part in, to promote physical health as well as mental health.

The Golden Games

Their work aims to challenge and break stereotypical views of ageing and mental health issues, to reduce the stigmas around issues like dementia and depression and to help reduce loneliness and enable older people to live well.

The Sporting Memories Network are also tapping into the feelgood summer spectacle of sport to help inspire people over the age of 55 to get involved in the brilliant Golden Games initiative, a joint venture through their collaboration with Sport England.

The ‘Golden Games’ aims to engage thousands of participants across the country at over 18 events in the next three years, courtesy of the three-year Sport England funding which Sporting Memories received in October 2017.

A mix of sporting activities take place across the day, including walking football, rugby, cricket, rounders, dancing and more. The latest took place on July 22nd in Timperley, just outside Manchester. Ex-Manchester City and England striker David White was present on the day, alongside representatives from Lancashire County Cricket Club and Sale Sharks RUFC.

If you want to find out more about this fabulous charity and their Golden Games events, check out the Sporting Memories website.

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