There has been a real buzz surrounding Wrexham FC over the past couple of years, namely during to their cup success and consistent performances on the pitch but now supporters have another reason to think positively about their club.
Wrexham FC has and always will be a community club with many from the town sticking to their guns despite the ups and downs which come with professional football. The club itself always tries to give back too so to hear that they’ve been doing their bit to help those suffering with dementia should come as no real shock.
The club will turn 150 years old in 2014 with a pop-up museum in Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre the perfect way to commemorate it. A group of Wrexham supporters with dementia difficulties who usually play at the Racecourse Ground but will take the time off from their 90-minute session to be some of the first to see the new museum when it opens on May 29th at 11am.
The group will be kindly donating some of their prized possessions to proceedings to celebrate the oldest Welsh football club. The museum will be open from the 29th until the following Saturday when it will close at 4pm.
Liz Wilks, the Alzheimer’s Society Befriending Manager, runs the group and she said: “The group is made up of up to ten football fans who are living with dementia and we’re looking forward to visiting the museum for one of our regular Friday meetings.
“We find that using football memorabilia often jogs memories of games in the past and in turn that leads to other associations, who you went to the match with and other things that may have happened at that time.
“Football does stir such strong passions and the memories are often very strong, of games and goals, that they can help people with dementia remember other areas of their lives.
“It’s based on a very successful scheme run by Alzheimer’s Scotland who have over 80 football groups based in Hampden Park, Glasgow, and which is a proven success.
“Our group is the first in Wales and we usually hold the meetings in one of the hospitality suites at The Racecourse and they last 90 minutes and we have tea and biscuits at half-time.
“I believe in Scotland they have served up Bovril and meat pies but we haven’t tried that just yet.”
Liz added: “One of our volunteers had a Wrexham Centenary shirt which her husband used to do the gardening in but that’s been very popular and the Wrexham Supporters Trust were very excited about it.
“They’ve been very supportive of the group and have helped us but we’re always on the lookout for any football-related memorabilia, it could even be some Subbuteo figures or programmes, anything that could jog memories.”
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