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Established in 2009 Football Memories Scotland is the world’s first national sports reminiscence programme. A network of football reminiscence groups have been established across Scotland which provide a fun and friendly environment to support people experiencing social isolation, loneliness or living with memory loss conditions. 

Football Memories groups meet in football clubs, community halls, libraries, sheltered housing complexes, care homes, day care centres and hospitals. We support reminiscence activity in a group format and on a one to one basis. At national level the programme is managed through the Scottish Football Museum and core funded by Alzheimer Scotland whilst at local and regional level the project exists through a series of partnership networks. 

Today Football Memories Scotland works closely with a range of partner organisations and sports in Scotland, across the UK and internationally. We are proud members of the Sports Heritage Scotland memories partnership which currently includes projects for Golf Memories, Rugby Memories, Shinty Memories, Cricket Memories and Speedway Memories. We are a proud member of Scottish Para Football – an organisation affiliated to the Scottish FA which aims to help people, irrespective of age or ability, to reconnect with football and to reach their full potential. 

With Glasgow’s Hampden Park hosting UEFA Euro 2020 tournament matches, Football Memories Scotland is an official partner of the Scottish FA and UEFA’s Euro 2020 legacy programme and will be involved in a series of projects connecting communities across Scotland to the European Football Championships and to a Europe wide celebration of football.

Some of our memories:

Ron Scott, chief football writer, The Sunday Post

1967 and all that. Ron Scott joins the exodus to Wembley and comes back with no sleep, a winning bet and memories he will never lose…

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Hannah Murray

A cup final stays with you forever…

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James McIvor, Director of Scooped! Spoof Newspapers and Benchmark Books

From Simply Red to green-and-white glory, memories of Celtic’s 3-0 Old Firm victory in February 2011 will never leave James McIvor…

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Scott McDermott, football journalist, Daily Record / Sunday Mail

A cardboard sign, with a felt-tip scrawl: NEED ONE TICKET. But it’s a European Cup night and Ibrox and everyone says there’s no chance getting in. Well, maybe not no chance…

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