Bristol Sporting Memories Day

Bedminster Down students meet runner Nick Rose for Sporting Memories

Bedminster Down students meet runner Nick Rose for Sporting Memories

Bristol Sporting Legends and older people from around the City attend event hosted by the pupils of the City Academy.
Wednesday 13th May, 11.00am to 4.00pm

Local sporting legends including Olympians Nick Rose and Vernon Samuels and sportsmen Peter Aitken, Phil Bainbridge and Bob Fisher attended to share their stories with pupils and guests at the City Academy as part of a unique event to celebrate Bristol’s rich sporting heritage.

The day involved pupils acting as ‘Memory Makers’® recording Bristol sporting memories from older people in the community. These memories will in turn be used in local and national projects run by Sporting Memories Network to help alleviate loneliness and tackle dementia & depression.

There was an exhibition of iconic Bristol Sporting images assembled with the help of pupils from Bedminster Down secondary school and older members of the Knowle West Media Centre Sporting Memories Group. For those of all ages and abilities there was a number of sports to try out including Boccia, Goalball, New Age Kurling and Table tennis.

The day is the culmination of a pilot project involving schools from across the UK called ‘Spirit of the Games: Sporting Memories Uniting Generations’ initiated by the Sporting Memories Foundation. The project is funded by the Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to sustain the spirit and opportunities of the London 2012 Games.

Bedminster Down students meet former Bristol boxer Bob Fisher

Bedminster Down students meet former Bristol boxer Bob Fisher

The project and event are designed to bring the generations together around a common interest and passion for sport of all kinds. As the ‘Road to Rio’ begins, the event also aims to keep the legacy of the London 2012 Games alive by capturing memories of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as, encouraging the volunteering spirit in another generation that made London 2012 so memorable.

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Notes for Editors:
The project is developing training and materials that will be piloted with schools and younger volunteers from Youth Sport Trust in Bristol, Glasgow and East Lothian. The project will capture memories that will then be used in sporting memories projects that are running primarily in England and Scotland. Total grant amount: £49, 951
• 5,000,000 older people experience depression over 40% of care home residents live with depression.
• In England 51% of all people over 75 live alone and 5,000,000 older people say the television is their main form of company. Social Isolation has been identified as having the same negative health impacts as alcohol and likened to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
850,000 people live with dementia in the UK.

The Sporting Memories Foundation is a registered charity and part of the The Sporting Memories Network (SMN), a social enterprise with registered offices in England and Scotland, established to promote the well-being of older people through sports based reminiscence and physical activities.
Founding directors Chris Wilkins and Tony Jameson-Allen have pooled their skills in health and social care, education and learning to spread the innovative use of sports based reminiscence activities. Area projects are currently running in Scotland and England including Bristol and South Gloucestershire which involve weekly activity groups for older people. Groups currently take place in settings such as Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol Rovers and community centres in Knowle West, Yate and Easton.
The SMN works with national sports museums, professional sports clubs, health and social care providers, care homes and day centres. In addition to a comprehensive training programme and supporting resources, the Sporting Memories Network has a growing band of high profile supporters including John Inverdale, Steve Redgrave, David Weir, Katherine Grainger, David Coulthard, Liz McColgan, Sam Torrance and Ed Smith.
Stars, fans and participants in the groups have already shared over 5,000 sports memories. Read them all on the Sporting Memories Network ‘Replay’ websites at and then add your own!
Contact– Chris Wilkins
Email –
Phone – 07765 864484

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