Gateshead holds Third Annual Recovery Shield tournament

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Last week Gateshead International Football stadium hosted the third annual Recovery Shield tournament. Organised by Turning Point, the Recovery Shield aims to promote and celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug dependency.

The Recovery Shield tournament has grown from being a local to national event with over 20 teams and 200 people competing this year to win the Recovery Shield.

One of the main aims of the tournament is to break down the stigma often associated with substance misuse.

Richy Cunningham, Event organiser and Peer Mentor Coordinator for substance misuse at Turning Point said;

"It is my hope that the Recovery Shield will help to break down the stigma that so often exists around alcohol and drug dependency. The Recovery Shield is an opportunity for people to come together and show that there is life after dependency and that recovery is possible."

This year's Recovery Shield trophy was taken home by Norcare who beat Newcastle East End in the final. Richy Cunningham, Peer Mentor Coordinator for substance misuse at Turning Point won Goal of the Tournament and Northeast Athletic , the holders of last year's Recovery Shield , took home the Fair Play Award.  Other winners included the Turning Point ladies team who won the Ladies Tournament beating Turning Point Finance (an all male) team along the way.