Sporting Heritage Celebrated at University of Stirling


Categories: Constituency, Culture and Tourism, UK Government (Westminster)

Local MP Opens Day of Talks and Connections

Stirling MP Alyn Smith has welcomed guests to the University of Stirling, opening the ‘Sharing Stories’ event for Sporting Heritage (a Community Interest Company, not for profit social enterprise) – focused on the power local sporting history and culture can have on communities across Scotland.

The charity, with projects in all four nations across the UK, helps bring together collections big and small to ensure they endure for future generations to enjoy. Taking place on Thursday 13th July, guests heard from a diverse array of organisations on the power of work taking place in Scotland’s heritage field more broadly, and the important role sport plays to the cultural, social and economic history of our communities.

Mr Smith has also laid down at Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to back the work of Sporting Heritage, and has encouraged MPs from across the House to positively engage to protect, preserve and promote sporting heritage across their own constituencies.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘I was delighted to open this fantastic event, and where better than the University of Sporting Excellence? I’d like to thank Dr Reilly and everyone at Sporting Heritage for their hard work in setting up this event, and for pulling together stakeholders and experts from across Scotland’s heritage sector.

‘The significance of sports heritage can often be lost in the backdrop of Scotland’s vast history, but its importance shouldn’t be overlooked. Be it casual or competitive, professional or amateur: organised sports brought together Scotland’s communities for hundreds of years, and remains intimately linked to our economic, cultural and social histories. Stirling’s communities are filled with stories of legends and huge feats of human achievement. I warmly welcome the efforts of Sporting Heritage to support collections, and help promote their significance across the communities of Stirling.’

Sporting Heritage CIC Director Dr Justine Reilly said:

‘I’d like to thank the University of Stirling for hosting our event, and Alyn Smith MP for his attendance and opening remarks. I’m always struck by the passion communities have for their own sporting histories and achievements, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the University of Stirling – already home to so many world-class athletes in their own right. 

‘Sporting heritage goes to the heart of so many communities and their stories – and our organisation exists to provide guidance and advice on how owners can maintain their collections –  be it objects, photographs, stories or anything of cultural significance in the world of sport. Anyone interested in the work we do should check out our website at:


The EDM can be viewed here.