Falkirk student starts football team to help drug addicts and alcoholics

A student from Falkirk has started her own football team in hopes that it will help those involved in their recovery from drugs and alcohol.

Michelle Black, 37, a former prison officer, recently started her placement with the Forth Valley Recovery addictions service and realized she wanted to take a new approach to her graded unit project.

Having had a great deal of experience working with vulnerable people and realizing that many of them had a similar love for football, she decided that matchday development would be the perfect way to build confidence and build confidence. inspire people in recovery.

Michelle proposed that a team of people involved in Forth Valley Recovery could support a team from Forth Valley College and the Center Forward program of the Falkirk Foundation.



The team involved

She said: “I quickly realized that the people I was working with on the course all had a love for football and I thought it would be good to incorporate that into an event that could improve their confidence and their activity level and contribute to their physical and mental well-being at the same time.

“I found out about the great Center Forward project through College and thought it would be great if we could have a mixed training and football game day at the stadium and got into it. organize with the help of my speakers Ruth Davis and Stewart Ritchie and Charlene Bissett, FVC Workplace Coordinator – so big thanks to them.

“I would also like to thank Kendall McGuigan for introducing me to the course and Grant Ferguson from the Falkirk Foundation for agreeing to support me and help with the event.

“It’s been a great experience to get it up and running and it’s grown arms and legs since the idea came up to help solve some of the issues that are real problems in society with drugs and alcohol.

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“It’s great that we managed to have a real football training session with the players from Falkirk involved and then a mixed game at the end with trainees Forth Valley Recovery and Center Forward.

“I’m so delighted with how it all turned out and I’m sure it’s been beneficial for everyone involved. I also hope the event can become an annual event to be held before Easter and Easter Day. world of health and well-being.

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