We’re still unable to meet physically at our Sporting Memories groups, but Helen and the team have been busy adapting the sessions out on the road to keep all our members engaged during these worrying times.
We were devastated to postpone all of our Sporting Memories sessions a few weeks back because of the ongoing concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic. But the health and safety of all our attendees is of the upmost concern to us all, and we're looking forward to when we can all be together at our groups again in the future.
In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with former Newport RFC player and broadcasting legend, Phil Steele to bring a new feature to our groups.
Phil was a regular at our sessions before lockdown, sharing his stories and huge range of sporting memories with us. Over the course of the year, Phil has kindly offered to use his broadcasting expertise and conduct various interviews with sporting legends for our groups to download and listen to at home.
First up, former Swansea and Wales hooker Garin Jenkins who played over 200 games for Swansea, shares some of his memories of his days at St Helens, speaks of his intriguing relationship with former Wales coach Sir Graham Henry and even treats us to an impression!
For a sneak preview, listen here.
To be one of the first to hear Phil’s interviews, join us on our Sporting Memories groups today. Register your interest here and one of the team will be in touch with you.
Not only will you get to hear Phil’s incredible interviews, but everyone on the programme receives a weekly newsletter jam-packed with sporting memories with an added quiz to think about. You’ll be added to our virtual rugby club (Whatsapp) to join in our various conversations and can even join us on our sunflower growing competition.
As well as reminiscing over past games, watching re-runs of classics and catching up with their friends over Whastapp, Helen makes sure to keep the physical aspect of the sessions going.
Stretching exercises, ten-pin bowling, and target throwing games with paper aeroplanes, the groups are always coming up with fun new ways to engage their members in physical exercise.
Our Sporting Memories sessions are designed to help re-live positive memories and provide joy and companionship. Here at Ospreys in the Community, we’ll be rolling out our Sporting Memories groups into Briton Ferry and the Melin. If you or someone you know would like to get involved and join us during these unprecedented times, register your interest here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.