Today (September 21) is World Alzheimer’s Day and to mark the event Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project is inviting fans to share their stories of past World Cups, international games or trips they have taken to support their teams around the world.
The charity is asking fans young and old to work together to send in their World Football Memories and stories, even -but not only - by Twitter or Facebook.
Football Memories is a reminiscence project for football fans with dementia across Scotland. The charity, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, works in partnership with the Scottish Football Museum to train volunteers to use football nostalgia to stimulate memories.
“Remembering great moments in football history can light up the day for a fan who is living with dementia,” says Alistair Fergusson, Development Co-ordinator of Football Memories.
“They become their old selves again, chatting away about goals and offside decisions.
“Sharing football stories, listening and encouraging them to remember can be very rewarding for family, friends and carers too.”
Thanks to over £75,000 funding from the People’s Postcode Trust Dream Fund, a funding pot made possible with the support of People’s Postcode Lottery players, Football Memories is now rolling out their volunteer training project on a national basis, and with Football Memories groups meeting across the country, it is proving a huge success.
Internet-savvy football fans and their supporters are being encouraged share their reminiscences online through Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories website, www.footballmemories.org.uk, Facebook or Twitter (using the hashtag #worldfootballmemories).
Alternatively, contact Alistair Fergusson, Development Co-ordinator, Football Memories, Alzheimer Scotland, c/o Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9BA.
The People’s Postcode Trust Dream Fund is currently open to grant applications until Wednesday 31 October. Groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for awards of up to £100,000 to bring a dream idea to life. Information and eligibility criteria can be found at www.postcodetrust.org.uk.