Addiction Football

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Recovering addicts in Colwyn Bay talk about how joining the local football team helped them kick their habits.

About the film

Conwy Channel, a volunteer support group for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts based in Colwyn Bay, offers weekly football sessions that give local men an outlet to get fit and have fun during their rehabilitation. Some volunteers go through football coaching, in a bid to boost their self esteem and employment opportunities.

Project coordinator, Benn Pagett explains:

"The football sessions have been going for three to four years and were originally set up solely for people in recovery but then we opened it up to all males from the age of sixteen upwards. We sometimes get locals coming up to us to get help, so we're able to get them into detox services and offer them support. Some of the lads have come through very dark times, times when they didn't even trust themselves, so it means so much to feel trusted again and have these opportunities."

By: Benn Paggett
Published: October 2009

Further links

NA - the website for the Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous

NACRO - Nacro is an independent voluntary organisation working to prevent crime.

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