The sessions will take place between 10 am and 11.30 am in the clubhouse at Worthing Football Club every Thursday from 21 March with the aim of engaging older members of the local community in social activities through their love of sport.
This follows on from that success of the group that has been running at the Sussex County Cricket ground in Hove. Organised by the Sussex Cricket Foundation, the charitable arm of Sussex Cricket, with help from local volunteers and the Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, it is only made possible through the generous support of Worthing Football Club.
Volunteer training, mentoring and resources are being provided by The Sporting Memories Foundation, the national charity that tackles dementia, depression and loneliness through its unique blend of social activities, sporting reminiscence and games.
Sessions will utilise a wealth of archive photographic, video and audio material – provided by The Sporting Memories Foundation – to stimulate discussion and reminiscences amongst participants.
Participants that would like to, will also have the opportunity to take part in low-intensity games and activities for all abilities.
Linda Bowen, Sussex Cricket Foundation said “Keeping active and socialising is key to good physical and mental wellbeing. The aim of this club is to provide a fun, sociable and friendly atmosphere where sports fans or ex-players are able to simply talk sport!”
“Whilst this group is meeting at the Football Club all sports will be covered, not just football. There is just as likely to be a discussion about boxing, motor racing or rugby. The group is designed to be accessible to all, regardless of age, ability or fitness level and I would encourage people to get in touch to find out more, or to simply drop in on Thursday at the club in Woodside Road, Worthing. The sessions are a great way to meet new people, chat, and have a brew in a friendly and welcoming environment. They are free and the laughter is plentiful – everyone is welcome.”
Anyone who would like to attend the sessions, who knows someone that would like to or, who would like more information should contact Linda Bowen on 07947 521836 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
It is hoped that this Worthing group and the one in Hove will lead to a network of similar activity across Sussex. If you are interested in volunteering to help set up another Sussex Cricket Sporting Memories Club in your area, please contact Linda Bowen.