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Age-friendly project


Love talking about football? Keen to share some of your most vivid, exciting, significant sporting memories, and reminisce with others about matchday experiences, key fixtures and the legendary players of yesteryear?

The National Football Museum is working with Sporting Memories Network to tackle issues affecting older people and those at risk of dementia, depression and loneliness.

By bringing people together to share their memories and stories around the beautiful game, we aim to capture vital moments in history – and, most importantly, improve the lives of older visitors.

The age-friendly programme started with the Memories of 66 project, which encouraged visitors to share their own personal recollections of the 1966 World Cup. Inspired by our dedicated exhibition and guided tours, guests shared memories of the atmosphere, the fashion and the football itself, which were then stored via a digital archive and the World Cup Memories booth at the museum.

The legacy of 1966 continues through our Sporting Memories group, which allows attendees to chat, reminisce and swap stories about all things football, be it about their first visit to a football ground, the contrasting styles of boots and shirts, or the great teams and players of their eras.

The museum offers tailored memory tours of our Level 1 space, exploring our prized collections through conversation,storytelling and object handling. We have also worked with external partners, such as Manchester FA, to encourage social, stimulating activities such as walking football.

Our age-friendly project aims to gather memories, maintain sporting memories groups for older people and provide training for health and social care staff in using reminiscence work across Greater Manchester.

For further information please contact:

Louise Rutherford, Programme Co-ordinator