On Friday 30 June, Active Stirling in partnership with Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC), hosted the Forth Valley Recovery Olympics 2023 for the second year at Forthbank Stadium.

This event is a celebration of recovery through sport, attracting over 400 participants from Recovery Communities & Support Services to celebrate recovery through a sports day style event. The event has a focus on taking part and having fun, through friendly competition in events including Sack, Egg & Spoon, Wheelbarrow, Fancy Dress Relays, Three-legged, sprint races and soft archery.

Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions the event had to finish early following the track events, and there was no chance to compete in the Hungry Hippo or Tug of War events. Despite the weather, the day was a remarkable success and participants had a brilliant experience and had fun taking part in each event.

A substantial number of volunteers from FVRC provided help and support throughout the day. The volunteers also successfully secured funding for this event to make it completely free for everyone involved.

The top three teams at the event were as follows.

First - FVRC Team 1 (74 Points)

Second - Team Hope (54 Points)

Third - Phoenix Fire (51 Points)

I have worked with FVRC for many years now and the Forth Valley Recovery Olympics is a highlight for everyone involved. Active Stirling are dedicated to supporting FVRC through their recovery journeys using sport as a driver for change, and this event is a brilliant way to celebrate everyone's progress. We provide weekly sports sessions at Fitness Fridays where there are opportunities to get active in a variety of sports and to organise the Recovery Olympics is a privilege to be a part of. It was great to see so many recovery communities and their support services attending the event this year, with a record 33 teams entered (3 more than last year) and celebrating recovery sport in Scotland. It was a shame we had to cancel the event early due to weather but hopefully we can build on this event for future years. Well done to the top three teams, and to everyone who took part on the day! We look forward to hosting this event again next year and hopefully we will continue to develop and grow what is turning into such a successful national event.

Tom Gebbie, Community Activation Officer with Active Stirling

For more information or to find out more about FVRC check out their website; FVRC - our-services or their Twitter; FVrcvrycmmnty