Sessions to take place at Macron Stadium on first Friday of every month between 11am and 12.30pm
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust have teamed up with Sporting Memories Network on a groundbreaking project for the older generation in the local community to record supporters’ recollections of attending football matches.
Tapping into the rich history and heritage of the beautiful game, the project will help rekindle fond memories of watching or playing football and sport, and spark many debates and conversations of great victories, legendary players, magical moments in matches and of the course those occasional moments of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory that every sports fan knows only too well.
Wanderers supporters are being asked to help by recording some of their favourite memories of following the Super Whites into the free Replay Sporting Memories app, or by emailing some written thoughts via www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com.
The sessions will take place Macron Stadium on the first Friday of every month between 11am and 12.30pm, starting on Friday 7 April.
For those who fancy putting their knowledge and passion for sport to good use, the Trust is also looking for volunteers to come along and help out at the new monthly group starting at Macron Stadium.
Phil Mason, Head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, said: “It’s all good fun and light hearted, but can make a real difference to older people in our community.
“The sessions will be open to any sports fans over 50 and can help those who may be struggling with memory problems and dementia, or those who are lonely or isolated to have fun and make a few new friends too.”
Jason White, Greater Manchester Area Project Coordinator for Sporting Memories Network, added: “With Sporting Memories groups already established in Trafford, Manchester, and Salford, we are thrilled to begin working with Bolton Wanderers as we continue to expand across Greater Manchester.”
Project partners involved in helping to roll out this new approach to helping older sports fans across Greater Manchester include Lancashire County Cricket Club, FC United of Manchester, and also the National Football Museum as part of the #Memoriesof66 exhibition and project currently taking place in the museum.
For more information or to attend the group, please visit www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com, email Jason White at firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Slater at email@example.com.
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