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Football Memories

Football Memories is a product of Alzheimer Scotland’s pioneering work on their Football Reminiscence project.



Football Memories was launched in 2013 and trains volunteers to spend time with people living with or at risk of dementia and who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and memorabilia to stimulate memories.


Football Memories is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum. The project’s extraordinary impact is perhaps best summed up by the wife of one of the men who attend these meetings: “He’s a different person when he comes out… It’s put new life into him, and you can see that with all the men there.”


Our own Football Memories programme runs twice a month at Tynecastle and over recent years has been visited by many former Hearts players including ‘The Golden Vision’ Alex Young, Alan Anderson and Freddie Glidden.


In April 2017, a third group is being launched at Craigmillar Hearts Community Club to make this fantastic project accessible for even more elderly people who are facing isolation and/or the risk of dementia.


More information on the national football memories programme can be found here: http://www.footballmemories.org.uk/


Sessions details are as follows:


Tynecastle, Hearts Museum: Since July 2016 we run two monthly groups:
– One on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, from 1:45pm to 3:15pm
– One on the last Tuesday of every month, from 1:45pm to 3:15pm


Craigmillar Hearts Community Club: From 3rd April 2017, a new group will run :
– On the 1st Monday of every month, from 1pm to 2:30pm


All sessions are free and include a pie and a hot drink.


Email communications@bighearts.org.uk or call 0131 200 7225 for more information.