OitC launch third Sporting Memories Group

After the huge success of our Sporting Memories Club at Dunvant RFC and the launch of our second club at The Village Hotel, Swansea, Ospreys in the Community launched their third club in the region this week at The Gnoll.

Fresh off the back of the Ospreys game at the home of the Welsh All-Blacks last week, Ospreys in the Community opened their brand-new Sporting Memories group on Tuesday at Neath RFC.

Neath is in the heartland of Ospreylia and the Gnoll is steeped in rugby history. That history, along with the culture and ethos bred over 140 years of Neath RFC, is in the Ospreys’ DNA and proved the ideal location for a sporting memories group. The team were joined for the launch by Welsh rugby reporter and former Newport RFC player, Phil Steele, who had a story about everyone’s personal sporting memory at the group.

Speaking about the clubs, attendee Alan Aubrey said:
“It’s absolutely wonderful. It such a relaxing place to come, and a lovely atmosphere.”

Led by Ospreys in the Community’s health and wellbeing co-ordinator, Helen John, Aubrey praised the work she has achieved: “Helen is great, she really makes you feel welcome and really goes the extra mile to organise different activities for us all each week and makes the effort to include each and every one of us. There’s a few here who come along for their first time, and the first thing they said is that they’ll be coming back again. We can’t say anything bad about it.” 

As part of our Sporting Memories Project, our reminiscent clubs specifically target an ageing population, those living with dementia, their carers as well as those struggling with depression, loneliness and social exclusion. We provide the opportunity to chat, meet new friends and take part in new activities.

As well as the bi-weekly sessions, the group also had the opportunity to come along to the Liberty Stadium last week for a tour!

Sporting Memories group at The Gnoll

Using the power of sport, the group will utilise the Ospreys brand and the rich history of Welsh sport to attract a wider appeal and targeting those with an appreciation of sport.

Sporting memories can last a lifetime, it could be a game they once played in, a great match or memorable sports star from the past. The hopes are, once a sporting memory is sparked, the project will help lead someone towards participating regularly in a physical activity.

Come along and join the team on their Bi-weekly sessions.

Tuesday – The Gnoll – 10:30am – 12:30pm.

Wednesday – Dunvant RFC – 11:30am – 1:30pm

Thursday – The Village Hotel, Swansea, 10:30 – 12:30pm


Free tea and coffee available!