Arsenal Hero Reveals What Led Him To Set Up The Sporting Chance Clinic

In September 2000, as a result of his own experiences with alcoholism and drug addiction, Tony Adams founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, a charitable foundation aimed at providing treatment, counselling and support for sports men and women suffering from drink, drug or gambling addictions.

The clinic, which works to the twelve-step programme philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous is based near Liphook in Hampshire and includes Kate Hoey, Alex Rae and Elton John as patrons, and is supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Adams’s former Arsenal and England team mate Paul Merson, himself a recovering alcoholic, is also a patron of the charity.

The legendary Arsenal captain who spent all his 22-year footballing career at Arsenal has now revealed what led him to set up the Sporting Chance Clinic.


His Arsenal testimonial match against Celtic in 2002 helped raise £500,000 for his charity, the Sporting Chance Clinic.

Adams is a Patron for NACOA—a charity that provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by their parents’ drinking.

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