Alzheimer’s Society Women's International match with The FA

On Tuesday 11 April, England's Lionesses faced Australia in a match dedicated to raising dementia awareness and vital funds for those affected.

England Lionesses full team shot with three players' names missing on their shirts

The names on 1 in 3 of the Lionesses shirts are missing, to represent the 1 in 3 of us born in the UK today who will develop dementia.

A second Alzheimer's Society International with The FA

In stands and homes across the nation, football has given us some iconic memories that will remain forever etched in the minds of millions. Stadiums have been historic stages for some incredible goals, saves, celebrations and tears – unforgettable for most fans.

But sadly, for many people living with dementia, they will lose the precious memories they have collected over a lifetime.

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Football should be unforgettable

Watch 11 year old Eve interview the Lionesses as they discuss what football means to them, their experiences with dementia, and why they're supporting Alzheimer's Society:

1 in 3 people born in the UK today will go on to develop dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society is The Football Association’s (FA) official charity partner, supporting players and fans who have been devastated by dementia. The partnership aims to:

  • Raise crucial funds for support services and increase awareness of the support available.
  • Increase people’s understanding of dementia and end stigma, creating facilities where fans affected by dementia can enjoy watching sport for longer.
  • Support The FA’s research, providing expertise to give us more answers and best protect players for generations to come.

An Alzheimer's Society International

As part of this partnership, this April’s England v Australia match was dedicated as an ‘Alzheimer’s Society International’, raising vital funds and awareness of Alzheimer's Society's life-changing support, which offers help and hope to thousands.

Last year, our support services were used over 4.5 million times, a lifeline to thousands who are going through some of the hardest and most frightening times and don’t know where to turn.

Capturing memories

The fixture, hosted at Brentford FC’s Gtech Community Stadium, saw the unveiling of a striking mural by sports correspondent Carrie Brown.

The large-scale art installation, designed by MurWalls, captured key moments of England Women’s football – with fans being encouraged to add their most unforgettable memories to the mural.

Kate Lee, Alzheimer’s Society CEO:

'Right now, there are too many people facing dementia alone and without the right support.  With The FA’s backing and support, we can reach more people than ever before, and we can reach them sooner.'

There’s no doubt that people of all ages and backgrounds are connected by memories of football.

'The sport has an unrivalled ability to bring people and communities together, which is why we’re asking fans up and down the country to get behind this important cause and donate whatever they can, so no-one must face dementia alone.'

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