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Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport launches the Memory Box project with Craig Brown (Football Memories Ambassador) and Robert Craig, Chair of the Scottish Football Museum
The contents of a Memory Box
Football Memories starter pack

On joining the project new volunteers, care home staff and group facilitators are invited to attend reminiscence training and receive certificates on completing the training. They are provided with a variety of resources to help provide stimulating content for football memories groups. For example, groups in membership of Football Memories receive multiple packs of reminiscence cards, a selection of DVDs featuring old football grounds of Scotland and Scottish Football Hall of Fame inductees as well as access to over 7,000 digital images via the Football Memories Scotland digital archive – 

Through the support of the national football museum new resources continue to be added and with Football Memories forming part of the UEFA Euro 2020 legacy programme an exciting new resource pack celebrating the legends of European football is being planned. 

Under a pilot scheme supported by the Scottish Government, Football Memories Scotland has developed Football Memories Boxes. This important new resource includes old footballs, old pairs of football boots, football rattles and sensory items like carbolic soap and liniment oil. Registered groups can purchase memory boxes and local organisations and individuals can make a modest donation to gift a box to a local community group or care home involved in the Football Memories project. For more information contact the Project Director - 

Alzheimer Scotland provides vital advice and support with a significant number of their staff directly involved in running reminiscence groups in different parts of Scotland.

Football Memory Boxes

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Supported by the Scottish Government, Football Memories Scotland has developed Football Memories Boxes which are available to groups.

They include old footballs, old pairs of football boots, football rattles and sensory items like carbolic soap and liniment oil.

Registered groups can purchase memory boxes, which are a tremendous stimulus for individuals attending the groups, providing memory triggers and talking points.

For more information, please contact

Digital Archive

digital archive

A suite of football themed imagery is available to aid Football Memories groups in their reminiscence activity.

Scotland’s Football Archive represents thousands of images from the history of the game in Scotland.

These images can act as memory triggers for people with dementia and can assist with short term memory recall. The website enables groups throughout Scotland to access the digital collections of the Scottish Football Museum in order to facilitate reminiscence activity.

Access to these files is granted to our national network of coordinators. For more information on this resource, please contact

Football Memories: Reminiscence Cards

Reminiscence Cards

These cards are designed to stimulate discussion and debate and to trigger memories of a bygone era of Scottish football. Packs of cards are available from the team at Football Memories for those groups looking to commence or regroup.

Training can be arranged for Volunteers who wish to lead groups.

For more information please contact

European Legends: Reminiscence Cards

European Reminiscence Cards

Our deck of commemorative reminiscence cards, produced to celebrate Hampden Park’s hosting of UEFA EURO 2020, can be used to spark memories and discussions of football from a golden era. Featuring managers, goalkeepers and players active from 1960 – 1990 across Europe, the cards are large, colourful and feature information and facts on the reverse to enable the caregiver to provide prompts and discussion triggers. Cards come as a set of 60, in a decorative, protective sleeve.

European Legends: online

european legends online

An interactive game is available on the EURO 2020 Glasgow website, allowing those with access to iPads or computers to choose a ‘dream team’ in formation. Players can be viewed in a gallery format and placed into the chosen positions on the pitch.


Newspaper: Football Special


Our regular electronic newspaper brings you 8 pages of engaging and stimulating content, including team of the week, object of the week, the pictorial souvenir, a wordsearch, spot the ball game and the opportunity to submit your own facts and questions. Subscribe and never miss an issue or download your chosen copies from our website and print at home.

Podcast: The Scottish Football Citizen


The Scottish Football Citizen is a weekly podcast that delves into the long and illustrious past of Scottish football, covering every level from internationals to the juniors, discussing players, managers, teams and big games. Listen to over 40 fascinating episodes via the website.

The Scottish Football Museum

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football museum
football museum

The Scottish Football Museum is situated in the heart of Hampden Park. It is Europe's first ever national football museum.

Football is an important part of Scotland’s heritage, our way of life, and sense of identity. The Scottish Football Museum collects, preserves, and interprets this heritage, and our galleries use objects, film, sound, and interactive activities to explain the history and impact of football in Scotland.

On the stadium tour, experience Hampden Park as the players do on matchday by following the route they take.

Those working in partnership with Football Memories Scotland can claim a free visit to the Scottish Football Museum, complete with a stadium tour.

For more information and to make a booking: