Football Memories | Alzheimer Scotland and The Killie Community

Alzheimer Scotland are teaming up with Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust (KCST) to use the power of football to support the local community.

This Dementia Awareness Week (30 May – 5 June) sees the launch of the charity’s partnership with Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust and the club’s acclaimed Football Memories programme.

Every week, Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre in Kilmarnock welcomes local people at any stage of dementia along with families, relatives and friends.

KCST’s team will provide weekly sessions at the Dementia Resource Centre in Kilmarnock every Monday at 2pm, featuring archive footage of matches, trophies, old match balls, kit and memorabilia. Groups will enjoy reminiscing about fond memories of the beautiful game and take part in fun activities.

As part of this partnership, carers and spouses will have the opportunity to relax and take part in a range of treatments thanks to the Secret Garden: including holistic therapies, massages, facials and more.

On the first Monday of each month, the weekly group will be invited to join Kilmarnock FC’s Football Memories programme at Rugby Park Stadium, hosted by club legend Ross Mathie and featuring guest speakers, presentations, trips to the Museum and, most importantly, a chat amongst friends with Kilmarnock pies.

Sheena Boyd, Dementia Advisor for East Ayrshire said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust. It will not only give people with dementia the opportunity to take part in the Football Memories sessions but give carers and family members the chance to enjoy some relaxing activities too.”

Jordan Allison, Charity Manager for KCST, said: “This partnership allows us to support members of our local community on a weekly basis, as well as raise awareness of the club’s incredibly powerful Football Memories programme.

“The sessions are open to anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, and any local older people affected by loneliness or isolation. Get in touch with the club or Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre for more information.”