Recovery Games on hold until 2021

Organisers of the Recovery Games, one of the UK’s largest events that celebrate the achievements of people in recovery from an alcohol and/ or drug issue, have taken the decision not to hold the event this year due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Recovery Games which has become a key event in the recovery calendar attracting competitors and spectators from across the UK for the past six years will be delayed until August 2021.

The Games are organised by Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Service (ADS) a registered charity.

Neil Firbank, Aspire Senior Day Programme Lead, said: “We are disappointed that there will no Recovery Games this year and I am sure that everyone will understand the reasons for this decision. The safety of the hundreds of competitors, spectators and everyone involved in putting the event together is our main priority. We will be back in 2021 with an exciting new look and activities.”

The Recovery Games has been made possible by fundraising and donations. It provides people who are in recovery from a drug and/ alcohol problem an opportunity to celebrate their recovery journey and ‘shout out’ that recovery is possible with the right support in place.

Stuart Green, Aspire Service Manager, said: “The coronavirus has made all of us adapt and change our plans and the way we live. The Recovery Games is on hold but I want to remind everyone that our services remain open throughout the pandemic for anyone who needs support if they think they have a drug or alcohol problem.”

Tim Young, ADS Chief Executive, said: “We will be taking this opportunity that Covid-19 has presented us with, to review the feedback received from previous Recovery Games. Our goal is to bounce back in 2021 with a revamped celebration of recovery in the community.”

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