By KLTV Newsdesk –
Since the beginning of the year, the Huddersfield Town Foundation has delivered a virtual reminiscence programme known as Sporting Memories for older local residents.
The sessions take place twice-weekly via video call and aim to give participants who are shielding or otherwise self-isolating the chance to meet like-minded people, share stories about their experiences with the club and enjoy some social interaction.
Attendees are often joined by Terriers legend and Ambassador Andy Booth, giving an extra level of insight into his career and the club as a whole.
One regular attendee is Paul, a lifelong Town fan who joined the programme after the pandemic meant he could no longer attend match days and interact with fellow supporters.
Paul explains just how much the programme has helped him in the absence of being able to attend matches at the John Smith’s Stadium.
He said: “These sporting memories sessions have become a regular treat and valuable distraction from all that’s been happening in the world.
“Discussion often extends to other sports and opinions offered on a variety of world issues, putting the world to rights can be very cathartic.
It is noted that you do not need to be a Huddersfield Town supporter to attend – anybody over the age of 50+ and looking for a new way to socialise is welcome to join.
Kayleigh Catford, Yorkshire Project Coordinator at the Sporting Memories Foundation, said: “It’s brilliant to see that not being able to meet face to face over the last year hasn’t stopped the Huddersfield Town Foundation supporting participants.
“The club has gone from strength to strength, the volunteers have really embraced the Sporting Memories concept and benefits such as our KITBags.
“I echo Paul’s thanks to Evan and the team at the Foundation.”
The Town Foundation’s virtual Sporting Memories sessions take place 10.30 am-11.30 am every Monday and 1 pm-2 pm every Friday on Microsoft Teams.
If you would like to take part or require further information, please contact Health Coordinator Evan Hall on email@example.com or call 07741 671 599.