New cricket partnership hopes to hit loneliness for six

A NEW partnership which hopes to hit loneliness for six by using the history of Headingley to encourage people to talk about their memories of sport has been launched.

Thursday, 18th February 2016, 4:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2016, 4:30 pm
Former England and Yorkshire cricketer Geoff Cope shares stories of his playing days at the Sporting Memories event at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation in Leeds. Picture Scott Merrylees

Charity Sporting Memories Network, which has previously ran sporting reminiscence sessions at Leeds care homes, has joined up with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to support older people in the city living with social isolation, depression and dementia.

Former Yorkshire and England off-spinner Geoff Cope joined older people at the historic home of Yorkshire cricket yesterday to officially launch the project, which will see sessions held at Headingley and other community venues across the city to help connect people by sharing memories of watching or playing sports.

Mr Cope said: “I have many great memories of my time with Yorkshire, its been lovely to spend time today with so many fans and to learn how even a simple image can spark so many conversations and new friendships. I hope supporters and players alike will get involved in the project and share some of their own favourite moments of the club.”

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Will Saville, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation manager said: “Both Yorkshire and England have produced some unforgettable moments over the years at Headingley and we look forward to facilitating sessions that bring memories of these events back to life.

Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder and director of the Network said he looked forward to hearing “the great stories of cricket at such an iconic ground”. He added: “Yorkshire County Cricket Club has such a rich history and heritage.”