Friday 12th August saw our health team take over the Steve Bloomer pitch at the Racecourse playing fields as they hosted a national social inclusion tournament.
The ‘Active Choices Recovery Cup’ was a six-a-side affair amongst eight teams from other football club community schemes and social inclusion initiatives across the country. The aim of the tournament was to raise awareness by bringing the initiatives together and to give an opportunity for participants to showcase their abilities.
Following a trophy win at a similar tournament hosted by Middlesbrough back in June, three teams turned out representing Derby County, two from our Active Choices and Active Supporters programmes and one from the DVR programme. On this occasion however they weren’t to make it back to back wins.
The sun was shining for a glorious day of football which started out with a group stage format, there were some good performances early on with both Middlesbrough and Everton getting early wins under their belts. For the Derby teams it was a difficult day, and one which saw none of them progress from their groups.
Middlesbrough continued to impress as the tournament moved into the Semi Final stage, a big 5-1 win against Men Tell Health booked there spot in the final. Meanwhile, Derby based side Livewell overcame Jericho House in the other Semi to meet Middlesbrough for a chance to get their hands on the first Active Choices Recovery Cup.
The final was a close match with Middlesbrough just edging it in the early exchanges, they could have been in front but for some great saves from the Livewell keeper. The deadlock was broken however after a scuffed clearance was pounced on by the Middlesbrough striker, who tucked the ball away with a neat first time finish.
The Middlesbrough side, who had been very impressive throughout the day, hung on for a 1-0 win and were worthy winners of the Active Choices Recovery Cup.
Following the day, Adam Rowley, Active Choices Officer at Derby County Community Trust said:
“It was a great day both football wise and weather wise, well done to Middlesbrough who were very impressive throughout the day and worthy winners.”
“This is the second National tournament we have been involved and it was great to host this one, we hope there will be many more to come as it is a great way to come together and raise awareness of many fantastic causes.”