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Sporting memories helping to tackle loneliness and isolation in Wokingham

Sporting memories helping to tackle loneliness and isolation

09 October 2019
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Sport England’s Sporting Memories project is helping some of the Wokingham Borough’s older residents meet new people. Whether it’s playing football, golf or badminton, perhaps just being a spectator, the Sporting Memories group uses sport as the main focus to help promote social interaction and physical activity.

The sessions, delivered by Wokingham Borough Council’s sport and leisure team, are held on Wednesdays at the Berkshire County Sports Club in Sonning from 1 to 3pm.

Using pictures, quizzes and memorabilia, trained facilitators encourage conversation and the Spot the Ball quiz is a weekly favourite. The relaxed nature of the sessions makes it a comfortable place for the Borough’s more lonely residents.

With support from volunteers, the sessions will always include some form of physical activity, Boccia (indoor bowls), indoor cricket and New Age Kurling, to name a few.

“Physical activity and human contact is paramount for our older residents. Getting older should not stop us from getting out, meeting new people and exercising,” said Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure.

“Sporting memories gives our residents the ability to connect with other like-minded people whilst keeping active with games and gentle exercise.

“I felt a great sense of community at these sessions. Memories were being shared of days gone by and you could see friendships forming. If you know someone who loves sport, and could benefit from more interaction, get in touch with our sports and leisure team.”

Sessions cost £1.50 and hot and cold refreshments are available.

For more information call (0118) 974 3728 or email: sport@wokingham.gov.uk


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