Football Memories meetings are held at Easter Road Stadium on the first Monday of every month. The sessions cater not just for Hibernian supporters, but for fans of all clubs, and also for anyone who feels like they could benefit from meeting like-minded people. Find out more below.
Football Memories is a product of Alzheimer Scotland’s pioneering work on their Football Reminiscence project, using memories of football to improve the life of people with dementia. Over 88,000 people in Scotland have a diagnosis of dementia, which is the equivalent of every spectator on an average football weekend.
Many of those affected have short term memory problems, but are able to recall events from the past with some clarity. Recognising this, Alzheimer Scotland and the Hampden Park Scottish Football Museum have worked together to establish Football Memories, with the project aiming to help men and women with dementia by reviving memories of players, games, goals and incidents from football matches from their younger days.
A number of Football Memories groups have been established across Scotland from the Shetland Isles in the north to Stranraer in the south, and for the past few years the Hibernian Historical Trust have been holding meetings at Easter Road Stadium, where people with dementia and other memory challenges gather to enjoy talking football and looking back with the help of old photos and other memorabilia.
A Football Memories meeting held at Easter Road Stadium in August 2016
The Trust's very own Football Memories programme consists of general discussions of the old days (not just football) and we also hold quizzes, show films of old games, invite former players for question and answer sessions, and recently members visited the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden.
Entirely run by volunteers, the meetings are very informal and take place in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Split into smaller groups, those attending can either join in the chat or just sit back and listen, there is absolutely no pressure exerted. Everyone appears to look forward to the meetings, which are always well attended and many of the participants have since become lifelong friends.
A visit to the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park includes experiencing a mock up of the old Hampden dressing room
Anyone wishing to attend should be able to safely make their way to Easter Road Stadium either on their own or accompanied by friends or family who would also be made very welcome. There is no need to book a Football Memories meeting with the Hibernian Historical Trust, just come along to a session that is convenient for you.
More information on the Football Memories programme can be found here.
Easter Road Stadium (please meet at the main reception in the West Stand)
12 Albion Place
First Monday of every month between 11:00 - 12:30
No need to book, just turn up on the day
Supporters from all clubs are welcome
Refreshments are provided
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