A network of Sporting Memories groups, where pensioners can share memories and memoriabilia and bond over a love of sports, is being launched in the city.
The weekly groups will provide Sheffield residents over 50 with a place to discuss everything from cricket to snooker, comparing old photographs and newspaper articles, and perhaps even an opportunity to get back into sportf themselves.
Launched by Sheffield City Council and the Sporting Memories Network, the free sessions will run at five different libraries across the city, with the first one launching this week.
Counc Sioned-Mair Richards, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We want to bring people together through these new groups, to help people forge friendships and give them a place to share great sporting memories.
“There’s such a rich sports history in Sheffield so there’s a lot to look back on. I hope people like the groups and that they provide an enjoyable place for people to go and socialise.”
Tony Jameson-Allen, co-founder of award-winning social enterprise Sporting Memories Network, has been involved in setting up the groups and training the volunteers who will be running them.
He said: “The groups we’ve established elsewhere in the UK have shown how they can help people stay connected, remain active and enjoy some gentle exercise. There is a wealth of evidence that tells us these three elements are crucial factors in maintaining good physical and mental health.
“Sporting Memories groups offer a fun and friendly place for like-minded sports fans to meet up, share some stories and even try out a few new sports. Comic Relief has just funded a two-year project to develop digital resources from these groups.”
The first group will launch at Central library today, from 10am. Next week’s groups will be held at Crystal Peaks library on Tuesday, from 10.30am, and at Ecclesall library next Wednesday, from 10.30am.
For more information about any of the groups – either attending one or helping to run one – or if you know someone who may benefit from attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ontact Darrel on 0114 273 4254.