Game on at activity challenge day

Reece's Rhinos from New Beginnings in Doncaster.
Reece's Rhinos from New Beginnings in Doncaster.

Over 300 patients recovering from alcohol and drug problems took part in a fierecely fought activity day - and the top teams all came from Doncaster.

The first ever Recovery Games event included a Gladiator climbing challenge, archery, low ropes, eliminator running and kata-canoeing.

Teams took part from Scunthorpe, Rotherham, Grimsby, Derbyshire, York, Sheffield and from a number of services across Doncaster.

As well as competing for the Recovery Games Shield, trophies and medals were presented by the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones for the most creatively dressed team to promote team spirit, and the Fair Play Award for the team that showed a true sportsman’s spirit throughout all the events.

The winners of the Recovery Games Shield were Reece’s Rhinos from New Beginnings in Doncaster, the Fair Play Award went to the Recovery Rangers from the single point of access team in Doncaster, and the most creatively designed team went to M25 from Doncaster.

The games were free to enter but teams were asked to raise money for the Aurora cancer charity through sponsorship. So far the event has raised nearly £400, with money still rolling in.

The day was family friendly with plenty to see and do, such as face painting, circus skill workshops, health and wellbeing displays, children’s bouncy castles, reflexology and Indian head massages.

There was also the opportunity to listen to a range of guest speakers offering inspiration and hope, and a sense of pride about recovery from substances and alcohol.

Neil Firbank, RDaSH Outreach Practitioner, who organised the event said: “This event has had such a fantastic response, with 22 teams who wanted to come, but we only had room for 16.

“The York team members are so impressed they are hoping to host it next year and so we can make it an annual event

“The activities challenged participants and pushed them to use their skills and abilities to conquer the challenges they were faced with. Our overall message was that abstinence is healthy.

“It’s been a day to remember.”