GCU hosts Commonwealth Games memories day

17 November 2014

GCU staff and students celebrate Commonwealth Games

GCU staff and students celebrate Commonwealth Games

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), in conjunction with the Sporting Memories Network, is hosting an inter-generational afternoon bringing together individuals to celebrate memories of the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and from Games of years past. 

The Sporting Memories Network was established to develop and promote the use of sporting memories to improve the well-being of older people. It works with a number of different groups to improve the well-being of older people and help tackle dementia, depression and social isolation.

Among those who made the 2014 Commonwealth Games such a great success were the thousands of volunteers. Some of these ‘Clydesiders’, including GCU’s 2014 ambassadors, will be sharing their experiences and most memorable moments. Individuals who were involved in a number of other capacities including athletes, spectators, media professionals and sport administrators will also be represented. Attendees will be asked to share their favourite memories with GCU students who will be acting as memory makers on the day. 

GCU was a proud partner and host of ‘Beyond the Games’, an event that brought together international influencers from sport, business and the civic realm during the week of the games. 

Chris Wilkins, Director of the Sporting Memories Network, said: “The event will see the official launch of the Sporting Memories Network's new Commonwealth Games 'Replay' Reminiscence Cards which will be used to help trigger memories of older people in its groups across Scotland.”

Dr John Harris, Reader in International Sport & Event Management at GCU, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Sporting Memories Network to capture these stories and show the role that sport can play in making people’s lives better. There are a number of individuals, including many staff and students here at GCU, who are passionate about sport and it is a real pleasure to be able to bring these people together for such an event.”

Support for this event was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.