23 October 2013
Recovery is our goal!
Photo used with kind permission of the Weston Mercury
Recovery is our goal!
Martin Pickford, AWP Recovery Co-ordinator at the Carlton
Centre, organised the first North Somerset Recovery 6-a-side
Football Tournament on 5 October to celebrate World Mental Health
day and Substance Misuse Recovery Network month.
The event was hosted by the Carlton's Centre Weston Warriors
Ability Football Club and was enjoyed by 80 players and
The Carlton Coasters, a team made up of AWP members and it
partnership agencies came in joint third place under the leadership
of CPN Chris Gowing, experience of
CPN John Penn and brilliant goal keeping of Carlton Centre
member Chris White.
This left the Addaction team overwhelming the Weston Warriors in
the contest for 5th place. But it wasn't all gloom for Weston
Warriors Ability FC, as they were awarded 'Fair Play Team of the
tournament' by the organisers and referees.
The final brought a display of determination and skill that
epitomised the whole tournament. Broadway Lodge Recovery Football
Club under the positive coaching and leadership of Alan Joseph
matched the strength of Western Counselling Rangers, but the
rangers went on to victory after a tense penalty shoot-out.
Martin Pickford, the founder of Weston Warriors Ability FC said
"We could not ask for a better day of football, resulting in a
brilliantly committed final that was so close. Many congratulations
to Western Counselling.
Weston Warriors FC achieved its aim of using football to bring
people together to celebrate their recovery from mental health or
substance misuse issues."
Many thanks to Parkwood Leisure, Rachael Edwards from Somerset
FA for sponsoring the event and to our referees, Weston Warriors
committee members Sally Cass, Tim Cass, Paul Savage and Cathy
Mounsdon from Addaction for their great help and support in making
this day happen. Also, thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress of Weston
who found time to come.
Weston Warriors Ability Football Club is now forming a North
Somerset Recovery League. For more information, contact Martin or
Michelle at the Carlton Centre on 01934 426442.