World Alzheimer's Day

How clubs support those with dementia

21 Sep 2021
Summerbee and Williams visit Man City's dementia project

Find out how Man City, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Burnley help people living with the condition

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To mark World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September, Premier League clubs have been sharing how they reach out and engage with people living with dementia as well as their carers.

Manchester City

City in the Community have recently launched Reminicity, which aims to engage and support people living within Manchester who suffer from mild to moderate forms of dementia.

"It helps retrieve your memory and helps you remember what you have lost," says one Reminicity participant.

To mark World Alzheimer's Day, former players Mike Summerbee and Alex Williams visited a Reminicity session to talk with participants about their careers as well as memorable Man City matches.

Reminicity involves six weeks of sessions at the Etihad Stadium and campus, where participants can relive classic matches and group discussions on club history, as well as physical activity such as stadium walks and arts and crafts.

The plan is for the participants to create a flag that will be used on the pitch on a matchday.

See: Summerbee and Williams visit City's dementia programme

Aston Villa

Former players Tony Daly and Mark Walters dropped in to see how the Villa Foundation are helping to support the local community through its Dementia Activity Cafe.

The weekly programme offers people living with dementia an opportunity to engage in activities that are led by themselves, including music, indoor bowling, boccia, balloon tennis and table tennis.

Should they wish, participants are also able to try out a gentle game of walking football on nearby 3G pitches.


Burnley will be promoting the work of the Alzheimer's Society when the charity's logo will be on the front of their shirts for the League Cup tie against Scunthorpe on 21 September.

The shirts will then be raffled off with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Society. The club have already announced that £5 of each adult third kit shirt will be donated to the charity.

See: Club cup support for Alzheimer's society

Newcastle United

The Newcastle Foundation's Memory Cafe launched in 2019 and allows people living with dementia the chance to reminisce over favourite famous Magpies sporting moments.

Also in this series

Part 1: Golden Memories keeping Watford fans in touch
Part 2: 'Everton's dementia sessions give us a lot of fun'

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