The Huddersfield Town Foundation has facilitated training for seven people to take part in their new programme, Sporting Memories.

The Sporting Memories training took place on Wednesday 4 September at The Deighton Sports Arena. The training consisted of learning how to facilitate a reminiscence session, this included using the ‘sporting pink’ news paper props supplied by The Sporting Memories Network.

The second part of the training day based around adapting physical activity to the needs of the participants with games such as Boccia and New Age Curling.

The seven attendees have now successfully completed the Sporting Memories training and are now able to volunteer and facilitate the Huddersfield Town Foundation’s Sporting Memories sessions, to take place in the near future.

The Sporting Memories initiative is set to start in October with the aim of improving the well-being of isolated people. The programme includes weekly sessions where participants will be encouraged to interact and participate in activities through the topic of sports.

The sessions will aim to engage elderly people who are living with dementia, depression and loneliness; through social activities with a key sports theme.

Sharing sporting moments instantly connects people to create new relationships and friendships, helping people to realise they are not facing life’s challenges alone.

The Huddersfield Town Foundation coaching staff are delighted to be a part of the Sporting Memories network!

Ben Quinn, Huddersfield Town Foundation Health Manager, commented:

“This is a fantastic programme that the Foundation are bringing to the Kirklees area.

“We are very excited to get this off the ground and begin engaging with people in the area that could benefit from such great sessions.

“It’s a brilliant way to get active from a later age and unlock memories that otherwise would remain hidden away.”

Additional Sporting Memories training days are to be added. If you would like to get involved in this initiative, please contact Ben Quinn to register your interest on