Working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including governing bodies, leading individuals, professional and grassroots clubs, SUAD will:
- Improve access to dementia support
Using the incredible reach of sport, we can dramatically increase awareness of dementia, the importance of seeking diagnosis and the support that is on offer.
We will ensure that people know they don't have to face dementia alone, and that we are here for them, whether they are a fan, former player or family member. We will also create dedicated referral pathways from sporting bodies and clubs into our support services, making it easier for people to gain the expert advice, guidance and information they need.
- Increase our scientific understanding of dementia
We are investing in dedicated research projects like PREVENT:RFC, which will examine whether former professional rugby and football players show more signs of early neurodegenerative disease like dementia.
This project will use advanced brain scanning techniques and cognitive testing to compare their brains to the general population. It will also investigate whether any differences they find in the brain are associated with the athlete’s exposure to brain injury during their career.
We are committed to understanding more about dementia including the causes and risk factors, particularly in relation to sport.
- Reduce loneliness and isolation
We hope to achieve this by creating dementia friendly clubs. Working collaboratively with clubs, we will create dedicated guidance and interventions that mean a diagnosis of dementia doesn’t stop people enjoying the sports – and social life - they love.