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 supporters.

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.

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