Remembering the beautiful game

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OUR national game holds fond memories for football fans of all generations, and sharing experiences of a particular moment of football history is special to supporters the world over.

North Lanarkshire Council, in association with Motherwell FC, Alzheimer’s Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire, is holding the first ‘Remember Well’ football memories programme event at Fir Park on Sunday.

People with dementia may remember their first game, favourite player, favourite goal and everyone loves to share those experiences.

From 1pm to 4pm supporters are being encouraged to take football memorabilia, such as programmes, strips, press cuttings and pictures, along to Fir Park so the club can take a copy for their archives in exchange for a free ticket for a future match.

Fans will also meet Motherwell legends, get a free stadium tour, watch historic footage from big games over the decades and hear from the players involved.

Funded by a £103,000 Comic Relief grant, the project involves training volunteers to spend time with dementia sufferers who have an interest in football, talking about the teams and matches of the past and working with visual images to stimulate memories.

Norrie Gallagher, Alzheimer’s Scotland volunteer for Remember Well, said: “When we bring football nostalgia to those with dementia it often has amazing results.”

Supporters can also volunteer to get involved with ‘Remember Well’.

Motherwell FC chief executive Leanne Dempster said: “We believe in the power of football to reach and inspire communities. It is an honour that these memories are being used to improve the lives of people with dementia.”