Great success for Sporting Memories

Published Friday, 29 November 2019

Today Sporting Memories was held, and many attended to reminisce with European City of Sport about their great memories.

People at the sporting memiries event

The free event, held at The Transport Museum, was aimed at anyone over 50 that has a fantastic memory of sport; competing, playing with the old work’s team, was an avid supporter or enjoyed watching it with loved ones. 

Many familiar sporting faces attended the event including Dave Long, Carl Baker Dietmar Bruck and Ronnie Farmer. They all shared their fantastic memories with the crowd who thoroughly enjoyed listening to what they had to say. 

Coventry Historian, Peter Walters, also spoke about how the sporting industry looked in Coventry years ago, along with showing of old film and photography. 

Dave Moorcroft, Executive Director of CV Life and Chair of European City of Sport, hosted the event. He said: “I absolutely loved this event. It was so great to listen to people’s stories this afternoon and see how happy it made them. There were activities like Subbuteo and darts on offer too that were enjoyed by all.  

“Each and every one of the attendees of Sporting Memories had something in common and that was very humbling. The fact that sport and physical activity can bring so many people together is fantastic.  

“Having events like this during our year as European City of Sport is fantastic. We really are targeting every age group and ability which is brilliant. It’s not just sport that’s important to us, it’s physical activity and wellbeing too. Just getting people moving or talking about it is what we want, and that is exactly what happened today.” 

Attendees brought memorabilia along to the event which was fantastic to see. Trophies, old kit, magazine articles and medals were all brought in that were either used in or from their days of sport or had been passed down from family members which carried great memories. 

If you missed this event, there will be another, ‘Sporting Memories: The Reunion’, in January during European City of Sport’s finale week, ‘Coventry Smashes Sport’ on Thursday 16 at The Xcel Leisure Centre, 11am-1pm.  

Watch out on the European City of Sport Events page for more information soon.

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