14 June 2016

Public Event set to celebrate and capture memories of ‘66

Fans of all ages invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s finest moment in World Football

Parsons Cross Library 11AM till 1pm Wednesday 22nd June

Sheffield City Libraries and the Sporting Memories Network have teamed up to stage a free public event to celebrate the role Sheffield played in hosting group stage matches of the 1966 World Cup.

Fans of all ages are invited to join in the celebration and to share memories of the time when Hillsborough was involved in staging the World’s greatest football tournament.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand from 11am till 1pm to chat to visitors and collect their memories and to add them to www.memoriesof66.com the official digital archive of the #memoriesof66 project, run in partnership with the National Football Museum, FA and Sporting Memories Network.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own memorabilia from 1966 along to the event, including football, music and fashion items and to share the stories behind them and the memories the items hold.

It was revealed in April that 1966 World Cup winners Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson are living with dementia and that Jack Charlton is also experiencing severe memory problems. Sporting Memories Network and Sheffield Libraries run groups across the city for older fans, to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness.

The event marks the launch of the fourth sporting memories group to commence in Sheffield. Existing groups run by Sheffield Libraries take place at Crystal Peaks, Ecclesall and Central Library.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for libraries and community services at Sheffield City Centre, said: “This is the fourth of five sport memory groups being set up in Sheffield libraries. They’re going really well and people attending the groups have been very complimentary about them. Some have told us they’ve made a real difference to how they’re feeling.

“We’re running the groups in the libraries to help bring people together, so friendships can be forged and people can share great sporting memories.

“I hope people enjoy the new group at Parson Cross. We’re now planning for a fifth group at Stocksbridge.”

About The Sporting Memories Network:

The Sporting Memories Network is a social enterprise that supports older people across the UK living with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport.

Our work aims to challenge stereotypical views of ageing and mental health issues, to reduce stigma around issues like dementia and depression and to help reduce loneliness and enable older people to live well. Groups are set up in partnerships with organisations such local authorities and sporting bodies who wish to engage with those who are hard to reach in their local community. We work together across generations to establish effective solutions on how to target and engage older people. We provide the training and the resources for volunteers and people within these organisations to run groups, making sure they have the knowledge, understanding and skills to deliver meaningful sessions which will benefit participants. So far we have worked with over 400 different organisations and trained over 500 volunteers and members of staff.

Sporting Memories was awarded: Best National Dementia Friendly Initiative 2014 by Alzheimer’s Society and Best Football Community Scheme Football Business Awards 2014.

To mark the 50th anniversary of England’s victory, Sporting Memories Network are working with the FA and National Football Museum on an exhibition and are collecting the nation’s memories of ’66. The project has been funded by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund North West.