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Sporting Memories

The PNE Sporting Memories programme is an initiative run by Preston North End Community and Education Trust alongside the Sporting Memories Foundation, which 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 forms part of the Trust's Extra Time Hubs programme which aims to bring together those of retirement age by doing things that they enjoy.

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 the Players' Lounge at Deepdale. Participants can meet outside the South Executive Entrance, off Lowthorpe Road, from 10.45am before being escorted inside the stadium 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: Former PNE defender Paul Huntington (top left) joined participants for an online session in 2021.



Sporting Memories Programme Returns To Face To Face Delivery

16 May 2022

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

26 April 2022

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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Alex Dawson Book Raising Funds For Sporting Memories

17 November 2021

A book has been penned about the life and career of PNE cult hero Alex Dawson, with all profits raised from its sales to be donated to the Sporting Memories Foundation.

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Two Years Of Sporting Memories Celebrated With Paul Huntington

4 October 2021

Preston North End Community and Education Trust have celebrated two years of delivering the Sporting Memories programme by welcoming Paul Huntington as a special guest for an online meeting.

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