21st September 2012
Alzheimer Scotland's Football Memories project asks fans to share stories of past international games
Today (Friday 21st September) is World Alzheimer's Day. 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.
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.”
£75,000 funding was awarded to the scheme by Postcode Trust's Dream Fund. These funds were raised by People's Postcode Lottery players. With this support, Football Memories is now rolling out their volunteer training project on a national basis. 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 31st 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.