Memories FC Public Conference Day 1

This storify pulls together some reflections on day 1 of the Scottish Football Partnership Knowledge Exchange project public conference on 29th November 2012 at Hampden Park, Glasgow in the form of images, tweets and other media.


  1. The conference attracted over 100 participants including academics, practitioners, football organisations and those with experience of working with dementia.  The schedule was busy but varied, with short presentations and an afternoon of group activities. 
  2. Participants were able to read more about the findings of the project on large interpretation boards in the conference venue. 
  3. The conference was opened by Robert Craig, Scottish Football Museum Trust Chair. 
  4. Colin Jackson, ex-Rangers FC player and long standing advocate of football reminiscence therapy then provided a players welcome, including to Spanish partners from Barcelona.
  5. Colin took a few minutes out of the conference to talk to the Memories FC team about his involvement in the project. 
  6. Henry Simmons, the CEO of Alzheimer Scotland, then addressed the audience, providing a powerful reminder of how significant an issue dementia is in Scotland.
  7. Henry took a few minutes to talk to the Memories FC team about how this project has contributed to understandings of the value of football reminiscence therapy.
  8. Professor John Starr form the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Centre then reviewed the value of Non Drug Therapies in Demantia: What works?  
  9. Following Professor Starr, the Memories FC project lead, Professor Debbie Tolson of Glasgow Caledonian University, summarised the overall initiative, emphasising its interdisciplinary team (scientists, cultural studies academics, football clubs and authorities) and talked about plans for the future.
  10. Debbie gave the Memories FC team a short interview and talked about the importance of the partnership forged over the last 18 months.