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Derby County Community Trust travelled to Teesside last week to raise awareness of mental health issues.

MFC Foundation, the charity arm of Middlesbrough Football Club, hosted and organised a football tournament last Wednesday to mark Mental Health Awareness Week – bringing together charities from all parts of the UK.

The 18-team competition saw the Community Trust come up against sides from Hartlepool United, Carlisle United, Everton, Middlesbrough and Rotherham United’s respective community programmes.

The all-day tournament consisted of a group stage in the morning, before two separate knockout stages in the afternoon.

It was a successful day with the Derby County Community Trust lifting the trophy for the second year running - after defeating Men Tell Health charity 3-1 in the final.

The team was made up of participants from Active Choices, a healthy lifestyle and behavioural change programme which helps people who have struggled substance misuse issues.

Luke Wilkinson, Derby County Community Trust Team Leader, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to take part in the Social Inclusion tournament with many other teams from across the country.

“The day showcased the great work all the clubs are doing in their areas and a massive thank you goes to the MFC Foundation for organising.

“This is the second time we have travelled to the North East and won this competition, but it is about much more than that and the day provided a great opportunity for our service users to represent Derby County.”

He added: “We look forward hosting our own tournament to celebrate recovery which takes place nationally in September.”

To find out more about the Active Choices programme and upcoming tournaments, please email [email protected].

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