Leeds United are using the nostalgic pull of the club’s glorious past to help people in the city living with dementia.
The club’s charitable arm, the Leeds United Foundation, runs a regular scheme called the Corner Flag Café where dementia sufferers are encouraged to read through old Leeds programmes, look at vintage souvenirs and watch footage of matches from yesteryear to try to stimulate their memories.
A recent get-together proved particularly noteworthy as it was attended by Leeds-born Kalvin Phillips, one of the current crop of Elland Road stars aiming to follow in the footsteps of great United sides like the all-conquering Don Revie-managed line-up of the 1960s and 1970s.
Kalvin, who has won rave reviews for his midfield displays during Leeds’s electric start to the new season, said: “It really hits home when you come along to projects like this and it makes it more important for us players to come down and spend time with fans.
“The people who come to the Corner Flag Café love Leeds United and that’s what brings them together – which is really special.
“The foundation is doing great work here and it’s great to see it first hand.”
The Corner Flag Café programme is organised in partnership with Leeds City Council’s adult and health service.
It also receives input from organisations such as Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Dementia Friendly Rothwell.
Sessions take place at Elland Road, with participants getting the chance to go on ground tours.
For further information contact Anthony Hall, a sports disaiblity officer at the Leeds United Foundation, on firstname.lastname@example.org.