Events and activities NSHD2021

There is a fantastic range of events and activity planned across the UK by our sporting heritage partners for National Sporting Heritage Day 2021. Find out more about the events and activities and how to get involved below.

West Boathouse Project, Glasgow – Play Like a Lassie

 29th August – 30th September

This year the West Boathouse Project in Glasgow will work in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University to run the Play Like A Lassie project, a community project to increase representation and knowledge of Scottish Sportswomen in the past through Wikipedia. The project will run online training sessions from late August and throughout September for volunteers who would like to know how to edit Wikipedia and find out more about Scotland’s women’s sporting heritage.

Tickets / Info: Twitter @PlayLikeALassie

Art UK

30th September

Each Thursday, Art UK host an #OnlineArtExchange on Twitter, inviting organisations and individuals to share their favourite artworks along a particular theme. On Thursday 30th September Art UK will team up with Sporting Heritage, with the theme of sporting art. Please share your sporting heritage inspired artwork using the hashtags #OnlineArtExchange and #NSHD2021 to get involved.  Find out more: Twitter @artukdotorg

Black and white group shot of tennis playersFriends of Hailey Park, Cardiff

27th September – 1st October

Friends of Hailey Park will use their grant fund to engage local people with the untold sporting heritage of Hailey Park in Cardiff the legacy of Claude Hailey and in particular his passion for tennis. They will host a  week of activities on the park between the 27th September and 1st October to celebrate Claude Hailey and his passion for tennis. To find out more and register your interest in this event please contact Russell Todd,

Further Info: Twitter @HaileyPkCardiff

British Judo Association

From 30th September

The British Judo Association will be marking National Sporting Heritage Day by launching and oral history campaign to capture the memories and contributions of the sports legends and international stars and their impact on the sport. The campaign will launch on the 30th September and they aim to record at least 20 oral history recordings over the next twelve months. More details about how to get involved in this project will follow soon.

Find out more: Twitter @BritishJudo

World Golf Museum, Scotland

30th September

This year the World Golf Museum are focusing on golf fashion with family craft activities that will be inspired by our costume collections. You can design your own outfit and dress up in children’s period outfits. There will also be an online lecture in the evening of 30th from Dr Fiona Skillen of Glasgow Caledonia University and Lauren Beatty, a Sporting Heritage CDP PhD candidate, titled: “When anyone is outrageously dressed in the effort to attain comfort…it casts a slur on the whole society of lady golfers…”: The evolution of women’s golf wear in Britain 1890-1940. The talk is free of charge and you can book your tickets by following the link below.

Tickets / Info:  Twitter @WorldGolfMuseum 

Reading STAR – Supporters Trust at Reading with Reading Museum

30th September

Reading FC will celebrate their 150th anniversary this season. To mark the occasion the Supporters Trust at Reading will host two events on National Sporting Heritage Day in partnership with their local museum.

They are inviting fans to bring their Reading FC memorabilia to Reading Museum on 30th September, where they will also have the opportunity to record their memories for the museum’s archive and upcoming Reading FC exhibition. They will also host an online inter-generational players panel featuring present and past players to discuss the game in their day. More details of both of these events will be published soon.

Find out more:  Twitter @STARReading

Tower Museum, Northern Ireland

From 30th September

The Tower Museum in Northern Ireland will build on their previous National Sporting Heritage Day project to develop a pop-up exhibition exploring the sporting heritage of their local area. The pop up display banners will complement reminiscence materials created for NSHD 2019 and will be available to travel to local leisure and sports centres in Derry.

Find out more:

Twitter: @dcsdcouncil  Facebook: @towermuseum

Para Dance UK

30th September

Para Dance Sport and Para Dance UK will be running an inclusive day of dance to showcase different dance styles and Para Dance Sport. On the 15th September they will also host an online panel discussion exploring how young people can be inspired to take up Para Dance and the benefits of Para Dance for all.

Tickets / Info:

Website Twitter @ParaDanceUK

Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation

30th September

Warrington Wolves will host a blended event this National Sporting Heritage Day including an online intergenerational session and an open day at the club, which will feature a new photography display. More details will be announced soon.

Find out more: Twitter @WWRLFoundation

Welsh female football fansExpo’r Wal Goch CBC, Wales

30th September

Expo’r Wal Goch CBC are working with the Welsh Football Museum in Wrexham to release oral histories and a digital exhibition exploring the experiences of Welsh female football fans from the Euros in 2016 to the present day.

If you would like to find out more about this project or have a memory to contribute to their oral history archive, please email Twitter @ExpoWalGoch

Community Active CIC, Stockport

30th September

Community Active Stockport will collect stories of the women and girls involved in sport in Marple in Stockport. They will collect oral history, photos, videos and archive materials to create an exhibition and online content, which will be launched on National Sporting Heritage Day.  To find out more about this project please get in touch with,

Find out more:

Dartford FC’s Co-Chairman, Steve Irving

Dartford FC Community Programme

30th September 2021

The Dartford FC Community Programme is providing the opportunity for their local community to discover, share and record sporting memories, stories and experiences from primary and secondary school. The memories they collect will be included in an assembly presentation for all local schools to share with children and young people on 30 September.

If you have a school sporting memory of Dartford that you would like to contribute, please get in touch by emailing: by Friday 3rd September so that your memories can be included in the school resources.

Find out more: Twitter @dfc_community #DartsSportingMemories

National Paralympic Heritage Trust

30th September

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust will host a sensory workshop at the NPHT Heritage Centre on National Sporting Heritage Day.

This activity will be supported by bespoke pre-visit material so that visitors can plan their trip to the Heritage Centre. The offer includes a social story and a sensory map which describe the journey into our sensitively lit accessible museum space. NPHT invite everyone who has an interest in discovering the history of the Paralympic Games and those who generally find visiting museums and new spaces difficult, to use their pre-visit material to plan their experience. Visits are free of charge and can be booked to coincide with quieter times. Additional extras such as the use of sensory equipment can also be booked which aim to make visiting as comfortable and rewarding as possible.

Find out more: Twitter @ParaHeritage

Arlington Baths, Glasgow

30th September

Arlington Baths Club was founded in 1870 and to celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day they will create a short film celebrating the life of the first Baths Master, William Wilson and the untold story of his wife, Ruth, who gave lessons to female swimmers. The film will launch on National Sporting Heritage Day. If you have a memory of Arlington Baths that you would like to share, please get in touch with Lucy Janes at

Find out more: Twitter @ArlingtonBaths

Keep Fit Association

30th September

Last year the Keep Fit Association celebrated National Sporting Heritage Day with a series of short films exploring their history and heritage. This year they have put out a call to all their members to ask them to supply memorabilia and stories from their personal collections. The responses will be collated together and promoted online through digital content on 30th September.

Find out more: information to follow. Twitter @KfaMoves

group of people holding a 'dementia friends' scarfYorkshire Cricket Foundation

30th September

This year the Yorkshire Cricket Museum will celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day by opening the museum to the public between 10am and 4pm on the 30th September. They will also hold a cricket reminiscence session at the museum on the day. Visit the website to out more:  Twitter: @YCC_YCF

Bailey Hill Project, Wales

30th September

Bailey Hill is a Victorian Park in Mold, Wales and the original home of the town’s bowling club. This year they will use their grant to create an exhibition and schools resource celebrating the bowling club’s history and bring its story to a new audience. More details about this project will follow soon.

Find out more: Twitter @bh_officer

Mike Ingham smiling, holding mic while commentatingPlymouth Argyle Heritage Archive

1st October 2021

The Argyle Archive will celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day by digitizing more of their fantastic photography collection to add to their growing digital archive of heritage stories. You can also join them for an evening of sporting memories with former BBC Chief Football Correspondent and Plymouth Argyle fan Mike Ingham on Friday 1st October. For more information and to book a ticket, please see the links below.

Tickets / Info: An Evening with Mike Ingham

Website:  Twitter @ArgyleArchive

Looking Back CIC

1st October

On 1st October Looking Back CIC are inviting fans, players and officials to a rugby league reminiscence event at the Rams Stadium in Dewsbury where they will share and celebrate big match memories, recollections of favourite players and grounds in person. Follow the below link to book your place.

Tickets / Info:  Twitter @Looking_Back1

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

30th September and October

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club will use National Sporting Heritage Day to uncover the hidden history of women’s cricket in Nottinghamshire. They will capture the oral histories and memorabilia of women who played cricket between 1960 and 1980 to save this history for future generations. If you would like to contribute to this project or find out more, please contact Steve LeMottee on

Website: Twitter @TrentBridge

Museum display case full of items from the DAFT collectionDurham Amateur Football Trust

2nd October 2021

Durham Amateur Football Trust will celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day by working with a local school to explore the history of their most famous local amateur football team, Bishop Auckland AFC. A new exhibition will open on Saturday 2nd October at King James 1st Academy and will also be showcased through new online resources.

Find out more: Twitter: @bishopafc

Common Sense Initiative

From 30th September

This year Common Sense Initiative will use National Sporting Heritage Day to bring together generations of Rugby League’s  ‘Lost Lionesses’ to share their stories of women in Rugby League, record them for the future and celebrate their history in a new short film. More details will follow soon.

Find out more:

Other ways you can get involved

Share your sporting heritage story, object or heritage collection on social media on Thursday 30th September and use the hashtags, #NSHD2021 and  #YourSportingStory.

Follow us: Twitter @sportinghistory Facebook @sportingheritagecic Instagram @sportingheritagecic LinkedIn @SPORTINGHERITAGE

Planning an event or do you have a sporting story to tell?

If you are planning an event this year or have a sporting heritage story that you would like to feature in our National Sporting Heritage Day campaign, please register your NSHD2021 event.

And if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Campaign Lead, Belinda Scarlett at


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