Fun-packed Recovery Games set to hit Doncaster

Around 400 competitors are set to take part in the third annual Recovery Games in Hatfield on Friday 26 August.

The event at Hatfield Activity Centre, Hatfield Marina, Doncaster is being held to celebrate recovery from drug and alcohol dependence by Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) in partnership with registered charity The Alcohol and Drug Service (ADS).

Service users, volunteers and staff from Aspire, ADS and RDaSH work together in teams of eight to 10 people and compete in Gladiator-style events and obstacle courses – over land and in water – against other teams from services across the region.

Aspire Agile Case Manager Neil Firbank, who organises the event, said: “The Recovery Games is all about having fun and breaking down barriers, and is a chance for people who use drug and alcohol services to show their commitment to giving to others.

“Teams can collect sponsorship for taking part if they wish, and all proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Charity – last year we raised over £400.”

As well as the games, health professionals will be on hand for help and advice, along with motivational speakers, fun activities for families, children and friends, and much more.

Neil added: “It’s a fun-filled event for competitors and spectators alike – and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever, so we hope as many local people will come along to support us!”

The first rounds kick off at 10am, followed by a festival of colours during the lunch break at 12.30pm, which will be a free-for-all for participants to dance, chase and generally get messy with dry multi-coloured powder paints. The all-important final will take place at around 4.15pm.

For more information about this event click here, or for a confidential chat about drug or alcohol issues, please ring (01302) 730956, or visit

Competitors and supporters of the 2015 Recovery Games pictured before the event.
Competitors and supporters of the 2015 Recovery Games pictured before the event.