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Sporting Memories

The PNECET Sporting Memories programme is an initiative run by Preston North End Community and Education Trust alongside the Sporting Memories Foundation, which forms part of our Extra Time Hub programme in partnership with the EFL Trust bringing people of retirement age together to do things that they enjoy.

The initiative is open to all adults, but is primarily designed to support those living with dementia, depression and loneliness - and their families - and those wishing to talk about sport with like-minded people. 

Sporting Memories specifically aims to help people reminisce about previous memories, experiences or moments in their lives through the power of sport. Sports memorabilia, past sporting events, physical activities, quizzes and guest speakers are used to create discussions around sporting events and memories.  

"My mum and dad thoroughly enjoyed Sporting Memories. It is a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere. My dad doesn’t live at home and has advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia, but he was happy and relaxed at Sporting Memories, bringing great joy to all the family."

Sporting Memories Participant

Sessions are held every Tuesday morning, from 11am until 12:30pm, in Finney's Cafe in Heartbeat at Deepdale. Participants can meet outside the venue from 10.45am before being escorted inside the cafe by a member of PNECET staff.

There is still capacity to host guests via Zoom, with a weekly Zoom link available by emailing Health and Wellbeing Officer A guide to using Zoom is also available on request. 

Learn more about Sporting Memories by contacting Health and Wellbeing Officer Grace Birtwell, either on 01772 693309 or by emailing

Below: Legendary former PNE defender Paul Huntington (top left) joined participants for an online session in 2021.


Community 24 October 2023

Celebrating Four Years Of Sporting Memories

Sporting Memories members at Preston North End Community and Education Trust have celebrated the fourth anniversary of the group’s inception, with a celebratory event in the Sir Tom Finney Lounge at...

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Community 17 October 2022

Tackling Loneliness Together: How PNECET Ignited Christine’s And Gladys’ Friendship

Christine Gardner and Gladys Ryding have plenty in common as lifelong Preston North End fans, but it has only been in the past year that the two have been brought together and forged a strong...

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Community 16 May 2022

Sporting Memories Programme Returns To Face To Face Delivery

Preston North End Community and Education Trust’s Sporting Memories programme is now being delivered in-person at Deepdale again after a two-year period of online delivery, with the return coinciding...

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Community 26 April 2022

£1,000 Donation Made To PNECET By The Football Association

Preston North End Community and Education Trust has received a £1,000 donation from the Football Association, which it will utilise to support the running of its Sporting Memories programme.

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