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Sporting Heritage CIC is a not-for-profit company working to support the collection, preservation, access, and research of sporting heritage.

Sporting Heritage has an ever-growing list of Ambassadors, all successful in their own fields, who are there to promote the work of the CIC and preserve this country’s sporting memories for ever. Amongst the Ambassadors’ are Eorl Crabtree, Jenny Meadows, Anthony Crolla, Rick Hatton and most recently current UKAF RL Head Coach Damian Clayton.

Between May 2018 and April 2020, Sporting Heritage will work together with another sector support organisation, AMOT - the Army Museums Network, to deliver Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces.

This project will work to commemorate the end of WW1 by developing a range of local partnerships which will uncover, share, and celebrate collections with a focus on sporting heritage and the armed forces.

AMOT and Sporting Heritage CIC will build on their existing partnership activity, to deliver a programme to develop a greater understanding of the relationship between sport and the armed forces in the UK.

To date, little activity has been delivered to gain a greater understanding of how important the two fields are to each other, and how their histories and heritage are often intrinsically linked. In addition, therefore, the collections, and access to the collections is often limited and unknown. With a plan to deliver activity between May 2018 and April 2020, the project will form part of the widespread and important commemoration of WW1.

Fundamental to the programme will be the objectives to preserve, protect and provide access to heritage related to sport and the armed forces. Through a series of localised partnerships between museums, community organisations, schools, sporting organisations and the armed forces, we will create a programme of activity which opens up museums, archives and wider collections to new and different audiences, making these collections relevant to the communities they serve.

Sporting heritage and armed forces heritage already has a strong tradition of volunteering and this will be a central theme of our programme.

We’re in the process of setting up the project, but to find out more, how to get involved, or to hear about sponsorship opportunities, please email Or visit

This website celebrates the UK’s sporting heritage and is creating a list of all the sporting heritage collections in the UK. Discover what’s on in the world of sporting heritage, read our featured articles and find out more about our other activities and services. This is also the home of our network of people who look after sporting heritage, so why not become a member?

Set up by Dr Justine Reilly and Kevin Reilly, the CIC is built on a belief that sporting heritage allows new and different audiences to access their heritage, supports increased participation in both heritage and sporting activity, and provides a relevance to museums and wider heritage delivery by working with individuals and communities who often hold many of these collections.

Recently, we’ve been joined by Claire Dixon who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organisation. Claire competed at international level in cycling, has extensive coaching and volunteer management experience, and is an experienced marketing and PR manager.

Everything we do is grounded in research, advice, and consultation with sporting heritage stakeholders including sports museums; those with significant sporting collections; those wishing to develop sporting collections and programming; sports clubs and governing bodies; policy and decision makers such as DCMS, Sport England, Arts Council England, and HLF; Higher Education Institutions; health and wellbeing experts; educationalists; a range of audiences; and, of course, those who don’t currently engage with the sector to understand how they could.

Justine, Kevin and Claire collaboratively have extensive experience in delivering programmes and projects at strategic and delivery level in the heritage, media and sports sectors. We are currently developing our governance and finance structures to ensure we are even more resilient and ready to deliver our next three year business plan in support of the sector.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch via email,, and

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Toby Grant
Toby Grant
Sep 22, 2022

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