Sporting Memories – Southampton - 16 January 2020
Event Category: Other
Weekly volunteer-led Sporting Memories club, using archive images of sport, memorabilia and news reports to trigger fond memories of playing or watching sport. As well as reminiscing about sport and allowing group members to tell their stories through sporting memories, the clubs include exercise and the playing of accessible sports to increase physical activity levels of beneficiaries. A weekly club consists of the ‘first half’ being sporting reminiscence and cognitively stimulating games supported by memorabilia and resources such as Replay cards, quizzes and the weekly Sporting Pink newspaper but defined by the participant’s sporting interests and preferences. These therapeutic activities can help trigger affirming memories to reinforce identity, connect people and improve personal confidence and mental well-being. The ’second half’ of the weekly clubs facilitate at least 45 minutes of physical activity with a range of activities and sports including indoor curling, boccia, bowls, darts, indoor golf and a range of balance and strength exercises. The physical activity will be a gradual introduction to support older people slowly increasing physical activity levels from a starting point of being inactive. All activities are inclusive and within the limits of the individuals within the weekly club.