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Funding will continue to support sports based recovery programmes

Published: 30 May 2019

Our Cabinet is being asked to approve a grant of £47,736 to aid drug and alcohol recovery support.


The proposals will go to our Cabinet meeting for a decision on 6 June 2019.

The funding will enable Derby County Football Club Community Trust to continue to deliver its Active Choices sport and exercise programme.

The Active Choices programme started in June 2018 to help people with alcohol and drug issues to increase their physical activity levels. So far the programme has worked with over 100 people. 

Derby County Football Club Community Trust offer football and boxercise sessions as well as introducing badminton sessions in January 2019.

The programme has been successful at engaging people with drug and alcohol problems in activities which improve their physical and psychological wellbeing.

As such it is proposed to continue the delivery of the programme for a further twelve months.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“Substance misuse can destroy people’s lives and we are doing all we can to help people break free from the cycle of addiction.

“That’s why we are pleased to be able to continue to fund the great work that Derby County Football club are doing through the Active Choices programme.”

In addition our Cabinet members will be asked to approve a further grant of £2,045 to Derby County Football Club Community Trust to help deliver Recovery Month activities.

Recovery Month takes place in September each year and showcases recovery from substance misuse, aims to reduce stigma and also to highlight that recovery is possible.

It is proposed to provide a grant to Derby County FC Community Trust to enable them to engage in the following activities to celebrate Recovery Month.

  1. Play on the pitch.  An opportunity for recovery clients to play on the pitch at England’s Training centre at St Georges Park, with full access to changing rooms and dug outs.
  2. Pride Park to Derbyshire Recovery Partnership in Swadlincote Recovery Bike Ride. The bike ride will take place from Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium to Derbyshire Recovery Partnership base at Bank Gate, Swadlincote. The ride would be supported by Ilkeston Cycle club, who would support with devising a safe cycle route, and experienced Ride Leaders to support the event. 
  3. An afternoon with the 'Legends'. A special Q&A event for Derby County Legends to share inspirational and motivating stories with local people in recovery.
  4. Visit to Blackpool FC Community Trust Blackpool Football Club Community Trust have agreed to play a friendly football fixture and provide a stadium tour.