26 Day & 5Day
Bespoke Treatment for Addictive Disorders
Sporting Chance is the only charity of its kind to treat sportsmen and women for addictive disorders - specifically problematic behaviour relating to gambling, alcohol and the misuse of other substances. We understand the world of high-level, high-profile sport and how addictive behaviour affects both those competing within it and those who have struggled to adapt to life following the end of their sporting career. Whether an active professional or in retirement, Sporting Chance has helped hundreds of men and women across a range of team and individual sports who have experienced difficulties with addiction.
Our programmes encourage our clients to look at their problems both personal and professional, and, under the expert guidance of our experienced team, address the underlying causes linked to their addictive behaviours. We offer a comprehensive 26-day programme and other shorter courses, all designed to help our clients to return both physically and mentally fit to the sport at which they excel or to move on the next phase of their lives.
More About our Programmes
Our relationship with a client only starts when they are ready, and they either pick up the phone or drop us an email to ask for our help. We invite clients to attend a short clinical assessment, to discuss their concerns and look at the potential ways in which we can support them to move forward. Our aim is to tailor the care we provide to each individual on a case by case basis.
We offer a 26-day residential programme and other shorter courses in a caring and supportive environment at our Hampshire Clinic in the grounds of Champneys Forest Mere. Living in a shared house, we ask that our clients commit to a compulsory programme which incorporates an established, professionally recognised recovery model. As we accept only a small number of people at any one time for residential treatment, our dedicated staff are able to give clients the attention and understanding they need. Our programmes are designed to empower individuals to make lasting changes in their lives and to enable current professional athletes to return to the daily routine of elite competition.
Mental, Physical & Spiritual Care
Our programmes are based on the widely used 12-step philosophy (originally created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous but since adopted to treat a range of issues including gambling and drug addiction) and attendance at 12-step meetings is an integral part of a client’s rehabilitation. Our treatment is based on one-to-one counselling and group work, our clients can also access a range of complementary therapies including forms of meditation, Scuba therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy.
We also understand that for many of those who join our residential programme, maintaining or regaining a high level of physical fitness can be vitally important. Every aspect of the set up at Sporting Chance is designed to give an athlete the best chance of returning to their club or their coach in optimal physical condition. We have a range of physical training programmes and courses of physiotherapy and massage delivered by highly qualified professionals, tailored to the needs of each client and the requirements of their chosen sport. All those on our residential programme will have full use of the gym, swimming pool and spa facilities.
The ideal outcome for the majority of clients who attend Sporting Chance is to return to their employer in peak physical shape and with the psychological tools to continue in their recovery from addiction. However, our support does not end at the conclusion of their residential stay with us; each client is offered an aftercare programme on their return home which may involve ongoing one-to-one counselling provided locally. Additionally, our team are always available to offer telephone support or to arrange refresher visits to the clinic. We also recognise that an individual's addictions or other destructive behaviours will have had a negative effect on their families, loved ones and employers and we seek to involve them in the recovery process wherever possible.
Funding for Residential Treatment
Residential treatment costs are usually fully covered by our stakeholder funding agreements with the following organisations: PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association), RFL (Rugby League), PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), PJA (Professional Jockeys’ Association) and PDPA (Professional Darts Players’ Association).