Football club’s boost for the fight against drugs

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A PROJECT run by Doncaster Rovers has won praise from the National Drug Treatment Agency.

The Multi-Skills Programme, which is run by Doncaster Rovers Foundation, works with vulnerable adults in the borough to give them the skills to re-educate themselves.

The programme, based at the Keepmoat Stadium, enables participants to gain coaching, literacy, numeracy and first aid qualifications as well as work experience.

Participants also receive free kit and match day tickets as well as a travel allowance.

The National Drug Treatment agency has reported over the last 12 months the number of people successfully exiting drug treatment in the borough has increased. In the same time Doncaster has moved from the bottom quartile to the top, improving its performance by more than 70 per cent. The Rovers Multi-Skills Programme has been credited in contributing to the success.

Sam Parkin, project co-ordinator, said: “We launched the Multi-Skills Programme in order to offer support, guidance and skills to Doncaster’s vulnerable adults.

“The mission statement of the eight-week course is ‘a brighter today for a better tomorrow’ and we are focused on making the participants more confident and happy. We work with a number of agencies in Doncaster to deliver the course, and it is funded by NHS Doncaster. We hope it is making a positive impact and helping people rebuild their lives.”