Derby sports scheme to help city addicts nominated for national award
A project which uses sport to help people in Derby stay drugs free has been nominated for a top national award.
Active Choices, a partnership between Derby County Football Club, Derby City Council and NHS Derby City, has been shortlisted in the best community programme category at the 2013 Sport Industry Awards.
The programme is up against five other high profile schemes including BSkyB - Sky Ride 2012, Everton in the Community - Safe Hands, Cricket for Change - Hit The Top, Cricket Foundation - Street Chance, and Greater Sport - Greater Manchester Get Coaching Programme.
Launched in 2011, Active Choices is a four year, behaviour change project that helps people with drug and alcohol problems stay drug free.
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A city council spokeswoman said that, so far, 115 people have “turned their lives around” through one to one support and activities provided through the scheme.
Activities include gym, football, "Let’s Cook" sessions, bootcamp, boxing, swimming, workout classes and representing Derby County Football Club at regional and national football tournaments.
Councillor Martin Repton, cabinet member for leisure and culture at the council, said: “This nomination for such a prestigious national award demonstrates not only the importance of the work that we are doing, but the real professionalism and success of all those involved including the people that use the service.
“This high level recognition is testament to the hard work of the partnership and the creative approach taken to address drug rehabilitation.”