Strathmore Cricket Club and Strathmore Community Rugby Trust are rolling out a new project which uses sporting memories and physical activity to improve health and wellbeing for people in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas. The project will deliver regular sporting memories sessions in several locations, providing participants with opportunities to enjoy each other’s company while sharing their memories of local and national sports events and personalities. The sessions also involve low-level physical and sporting activities adapted to match the needs and interests of those taking part.
The idea for the project emerged from discussions between the two organisations, which are both committed to using sport and people’s interest in it to promote better health and wellbeing. Sporting memories work has been around in Scotland for more than 10 years and has a proven track record in reducing social isolation and improving the mental and physical health of older people, including those living with dementia.
A spokesperson for Strathmore Cricket Club explained: “We were aware that during the lockdowns, and in society more generally, many people have become more isolated and short on social contact.
“We also know sport plays an important part in the lives of many people and they enjoy reminiscing about their experiences as players and supporters.
“We thought we could link these two factors and use our passion for sport to create new opportunities for people to enjoy each other’s company while talking about something they know and love. We were both keen to develop sporting memories work in the area and it made sense for us to do this together.”
Strathmore Cricket Club and Strathmore Community Rugby Trust are both committed to using their sports to enhance people’s lives and enjoy a growing track reputation for the successful delivery of community programmes including multi-sports camps, autism-friendly rugby for primary pupils, walking sports and all-ability cricket and rugby.
The Strathmore Cricket Club spokesperson added: “Delivering these sessions provides both our organisations with an opportunity to reach more people in our communities and hopefully bring something new and positive to their lives.
“In addition to its own direct benefit, this project will support our existing programmes by attracting more participants to walking sports, Lochside Connections and other initiatives. It’s also providing some of our young coaches with an opportunity to extend their experience and develop new skills.
“We’re very grateful for the project funding from the Angus Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and Tayside & Fife Regional Sporting Partnership’s Sport & Physical Activity Fund without which we wouldn’t have been able to start this so soon.”
Stuart Gray, Chair of Strathmore Community Rugby Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have been asked to work together on this project as it supports the trust’s mission to increase public participation in sport in the Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin areas in order to benefit community health and wellbeing.”
Below is a list of all the sessions that we currently run, all of which are completely free and open to everyone:
- First Thursday of every month with Lochside Connections at Strathmore Cricket Club, 10am-12pm
- Third Wednesday of every month at Forfar Library, 2-4pm (currently not running)
- Last Wednesday of every month with Lochside Connections at Strathmore Cricket Club, 10am-12pm
- First Thursday of every month at Kirriemuir Library, 2-4pm
- Third Thursday of every month at Kirrie Connections, 1-3pm
- First Wednesday of every month at Letham Bowling Club, 7pm-8.30pm (currently not running)
Our fun and free dancing sessions take place at Strathmore Cricket Club, no need to book just come along! See below for our upcoming sessions:
- Friday 17th February – Valentines Friday Fling, 2-4pm
- Friday 17th March – St Patricks Day Friday Fling, 2-4pm
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