Events and Activities NSHD2022

What Happened on National Sporting Heritage Day 2022?

National Sporting Heritage Day takes place on Friday 30th September. The day is your opportunity to take part in sporting heritage activities across the country and to celebrate the impact sports heritage has on all our lives. This year’s theme celebrated diversity in sport and there were some brilliant events and activities happening to shine a light on diverse sporting stories.

Pungra Fit, London

Women in keep fit classPungra Fit is exercising to Pungabi music and is aimed at people who are nervous about exercising but love Pungabi music and community activities. This year they used a Sporting Heritage Community Grant to host a Pungra Fit taster and networking session on National Sporting Heritage Day to encourage more people to take part and to help them start to capture their sporting heritage journey.

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Twitter: @ravi8me Facebook: @pungrafit

The RED Archive

The RED Archive collects stories and images from Liverpool Football Club fans, documenting their experiences of following the team, and sharing them online, in exhibitions and publications. During the summer of 2022 we were on tour, taking a pop-up exhibition to community centres across the city. A Sporting Heritage Community Grant helped the RED Archive to build on this work, providing British Sign Language interpreters for interviews with Deaf fans at Liverpool Deaf Centre on National Sporting Heritage Day. This helped to make sure that previously untold sporting heritage stories were collected and shared with the public.

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Saxon Group, Riding for the Disabled Association, Bradford on Avon

Saxon Group Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) are based at Widbrook Equestrian Centre in Bradford on Avon, near Bath. They provide riding and horse-related activities for adults and children with both physical and learning disabilities.

This National Sporting Heritage Day they used a Community Grant to partner with a local Dementia Care group to launch new sessions for local people living with dementia. During the ‘Tea with a Pony’ sessions we saw how interaction with ponies helps stimulate memories of interacting with ponies and riding in the past, and encouraged people to talk about their own sporting heritage stories.

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Wrexham County Museum Service, Wales

Football programme Cover

To celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day 2022 Wrexham County Borough Museum held an event on 24th September to bring together Welsh and Polish communities ahead of the Wales v Poland Nations League football match the following day.

The activity day supported by a Sporting Heritage Community Grant, included craft activities and Welsh and Polish food alongside a display of football collections relating to Welsh and Polish football. The event was also filmed and shared on 30th September.

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Rounders England

Rounders England is the National Governing Body for Rounders in England. After taking part in a range of Sporting Heritage initiatives over recent years, the NGB has recognised the importance of recording their diverse history as a sport.

This National Sporting Heritage Day they used a Community Grant to start the process of capturing the oral histories, photographs, objects and other ephemera from mothers, daughters and grandmothers who have played rounders across the generations, with a particular focus on South Asian women. The first meeting was held on National Sporting Heritage Day and this work will culminate in a dedicated area on the Rounders England website, where these stories can be celebrated and shared by April 2023. If you would like to take part in this project and have a story to share, please in touch:

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The Avon Centre, Bristol

The Avon Centre is a riding centre in Bristol supporting Disabled and disadvantaged people gain access to horse and nature based activities To celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day 2022, they wanted to encourage people who are traditionally less well represented in riding to take part in a ‘horse experience day’ at the centre. Participants learned stable management and horse care skills and heard from Jamaican event rider, Lydia Heywood and found out about career paths in the industry from local vets.

The event and their campaign to make riding an inclusive and welcoming sport was shared across social media on 30th September.

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Lea Rowing Club, London

I Am A Rower, Photos Chris Baker

The Lea Rowing Club in Hackney is working to better represent the diverse communities that live and work in its neighbourhood through its ‘I Am a Rower’ photographic and audio project.

To amplify the message and theme of this year’s National Sporting Heritage Day, the club has used a Community Grant to create a new exhibition that shows the diversity in its membership and challenges what it means to be a rower — from background, ethnicity, disability, sexuality to age and gender.

Diversity and inclusion in sport is rooted in the club’s long and unique history along this stretch of east London river — which has been rowed by working class communities for over a century — and the club hopes that the exhibition will encourage more people to consider taking up the sport. The exhibition opened at the club on the 30th September at the Lea Rowing Club and will tour museums, public spaces and schools in 2022/23.

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National Football Museum, Manchester

Blind Football Taster Sessions

The Museum hosted a series of unique taster sessions on National Sporting Heritage Day to help people get to grips with the basics of blind football and learn more about this increasingly popular Paralympic sport. Participants find out about some of our influential Hall of Fame players and heroes of the game, including Stephen Daley and David Clarke, before the kick off of the activity itself.

The sessions presented football challenges, using blindfolds and sound balls to replicate the experience of visually impaired players. The staff delivering each session have been trained by the best, working with England international visually-impaired player Azeem Amir to hone their footballing abilities, and this helped ensure the sessions were a great success!

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CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket, Cardiff

Doug and the Don Exhibition

CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket

“Doug and The Don” is a special exhibition launched by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket on National Sporting Heritage Day 2022, which celebrates the friendship between two men at the opposite ends of the cricketing spectrum – Doug Davies, a genial club cricketer in South Wales and Sir Don Bradman, the world’s finest-ever batter and an Australian sporting icon.

Some of the letters which the pair exchanged are included in this special Exhibition, together with Doug’s sketches and photographs of his own playing career as well as visits to Wales by The Don with the Australian touring teams during the 1930s and 1940s. Bookings to see the exhibition must be made in advance. Please contact,

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Northampton Saints Foundation, Northampton

Frank Anderson, Northampton Saints Foundation

In 2021 Northampton Saints discovered the story in their archive of the first mixed race Saints player, Frank Anderson.

Following further research they used the opportunity of National Sporting Heritage Day 2022 to tell Frank’s pioneering and inspirational story to a wider audience through an exhibition, a talk and engagement with local Year 6 school pupils.

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Tower Museum, Derry, Northern Ireland

Sports of Our Time exhibition, 25th September – 3rd October

Sports of our Time, NSHD 2021

This exhibition, on display in the museum’s education space, built on the work by the Tower Museum across the last two National Sporting Heritage Days, to make links to, and explore the sporting heritage of their surrounding areas.

This year’s exhibition featured new sporting heritage stories and memorabilia, including, the Spider Kelly Lonsdale Cup, images of the first Olympic silver medalist from Derry, as well as other sports items from the Derry Strabane District Council collection.

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Sheffield Eagles Heritage Project, Sheffield

Women in Rugby League

On 29th September to tie in with this year’s NSHD theme of celebrating diversity in sport, Sheffield Eagles and Women In Rugby League presented a free screening of Power Meri a documentary about Papua New Guinea’s national women’s rugby league team the PNG Orchids.

The film screening was followed by a Question and Answer panel session with Rebecca Stevens, former GB international, and members of Sheffield Eagles women’s teams from two eras, who shared their experiences of playing rugby league.

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R&A World Golf Museum, St Andrews, Scotland

National Sporting Heritage Day Lecture – James Braid

James Braid, Allsport Hulton/Archive

The R&A World Golf Museum celebrated National Sporting Heritage Day with an online Zoom lecture from Learning & Access Curator, Hannah Fleming. Hannah explored the life and career of Earlsferry born golfer James Braid. As one of “The Great Triumvirate”, alongside Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor, he helped to shape professional golf in a new era. As Hannah and Braid are both East Neuk locals, there was some time dedicated to looking at where he came from and how his early life and the golfers around him, inspired his future career.

The lecture examined objects and artworks from the collections, and discussed recent research documented by George E. Payne in his three volume history.

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Stoolball England, Horam, East Essex

Stoolball Open Day

Display of Stoolball memorabilia

To celebrate and promote the heritage of the sport of Stoolball, there were ‘turn up and try’ sessions, and history and heritage activities that took place at the Dialect and Heritage project open day at Horam village hall and recreation ground in East Sussex on Saturday 24th September.

Stoolball used to be played regularly in Horam and this event aws held to encourage people to take part in the sport again.

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The Workers Gallery, Ynyshir, Wales

13th September – 30th November

David Pearce, Boxer, Credit Glenn Edwards

This exhibition celebrated the photographs of Glenn Edwards and his new publication exploring the career of British Heavyweight boxer, David Pearce.

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Jack Leslie Campaign Statue unveiling
Friday 7th October, Home Park Stadium, Plymouth

The Jack Leslie Campaign

Following a campaign to recognise the achievements of football player, Jack Leslie. A statue to commemorate his life and career was unveiled at a ceremony at Home Park stadium on 7th October.

Jack Leslie was denied an England cap in 1925 after being selected to play for England because of his skin colour, and this campaign aimed to raise awareness of this injustice and of Jack’s skill as a football player. To find out more please contact,

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Get involved

In the build up to National Sporting Heritage Day on September 30, we want to hear about your planned events and activity, but you can also get involved on the day itself by sharing your sporting heritage on social media using #NSHD2022

To stay up to date with what’s happening: 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 get in touch with our Campaign Lead, Belinda Scarlett at


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