Sporting memories groups kick off story sharing in Sheffield

Two men share their sporting memories. Groups meet at libraries across Sheffield to share their stories.
Two men share their sporting memories. Groups meet at libraries across Sheffield to share their stories.
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Sporting fans have started two new groups in the city to get older people together to share their memories.

Run by volunteers, with support from library staff, the free groups are intended to help people form new friendships by bonding over stories about all kinds of sport.

They run from Manor Library, Ridgeway Road, every Wednesday from 10.30am to noon and also from Firth Park Library, Firth Park Road, every Wednesday from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “These groups join a long list of groups running from Sheffield libraries, which help people socialise and do something they enjoy for free. And of course, this helps combat loneliness and isolation, which often affects older people in particular.

“I hope people enjoy the new groups. There’s definitely a lot to talk about in terms of Sheffield’s sporting past – and obviously the Blades’ promotion and hopefully the Owls, Tour de France legacy and the World Snooker’s 40th anniversary means they’ll be more to talk about for years to come.”

Members will be encouraged to look at old photographs, newspaper articles and memorabilia. All sports fans over the age of 50 are invited to attend. The two new groups six others which run in libraries across the city.

John Longstaff, who has been going to the Crystal Peaks sporting memories group since it first started in 2015, said: “Twenty of us men meet every Tuesday morning. We have quizzes, guest speakers and occasional outings.

“It’s transformed my life and makes me feel useful. The humour, banter and camaraderie are brilliant. Ongoing friendships have been made. There’s more to life than four walls and telly.”