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Historians join campaign to reawaken sporting memories and tackle dementia

The Sporting Memories Network (SMN) was established to promote the use of these memories to improve the well-being of older people.  Playing or watching sport brings people together, whether as a close-knit community or an entire nation. But the pioneering work of the SMN has shown that sport, like music, can unlock memory.

Now the charity is collaborating with De Montfort University, using their expertise to contribute to the charity’s work and eventually establish a group in Leicester to discuss sports history and fully analyse the effects of sporting memories on the well-being of older people.

The charity already has a host of famous supporters who have recorded their sporting memories, which people can access to reawaken reminiscences in loved ones, such as Ryder Cup-winning golf captain Sam Torrance, F1 presenter Suzi Perry, legendary rower Sir Steve Redgrave, World and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Liz McColgan.

Read more on the De Montfort University website.