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New 'Sporting Memories' groups

By Ian Appleyard | 13th September 2018

York City Football Club's Foundation has teamed up with The Sporting Memories Foundation to launch new weekly groups in Easingwold and Wigginton.

Thanks to funding from the Whitwam Family Charitable Trust - a grant making charity set up principally to help charitable causes in the York area and surrounding villages - the two new weekly Sporting Memories groups for older sports fans will kick off in Easingwold and Wigginton this month.

The weekly sessions are open to anyone and provide an opportunity to share memories of watching or playing sport and view stunning images of sporting heroes and leaf through memorabilia.

Sporting Memories groups have already proven popular in North Yorkshire with a regular group run by York City FC Foundation at Bootham Crescent, adding to groups supported by The Sporting Memories Foundation in Northallerton, Malton, and Harrogate which have proven particularly effective in tackling loneliness and supporting people who live with long-term conditions such as dementia or depression.

Easingwold’s new Sporting Memories weekly group will commence on Thursday 13th September 10.30am till noon at Springhill Court, Manor Road, Easingwold.

The new Wigginton weekly group commences Monday 17th September 1pm-2.30pm at the Old School House, Mill Lane, Wigginton.

Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager at York City Football Club Foundation said: “Our weekly sporting memories sessions at Bootham Crescent have gone from strength to strength over the last two years, with a wonderful group of people meeting weekly and enjoying each other’s company, providing friendship and support for each other.

"This is a fabulous opportunity for us to offer these sessions to a wider geographical reach and share these benefits for the people of Wigginton and Easingwold, and surrounding villages.”

Tracey Gowlett, Housing and Care Manager at Springhill Court, Easingwold said: “We are pleased to be holding the Sporting Memories groups at our Court. We already have residents interested in attending the sessions and reminiscing with other members of the local community.

"Groups like these are so important for resident well-being at Springhill Court," she added. "They provide a sense of involvement and offer residents the chance to meet new people with shared common interests. It’s also particularly special for those living with dementia, who may not remember some of the events discussed but will remember the overwhelming feeling of joy that their local heroes once gave to them.”

Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder of The Sporting Memories Foundation said: “We’re delighted to expand our work with York City Football Club Foundation to be able to reach more older people across the county. The feedback we get from group members and their family members each week demonstrates how valued the groups are and how they help our older population. Having visited the fantastic facilities at Springhill Court, I hope the local community really gets behind these new groups to make sure as many older people can attend.”

Attendance is FREE of charge and no advance booking is required. Further information is available via YCFC Foundation office on 01904 559508. Alternatively, just turn up to any session and be welcomed by a member of the team.

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