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/ 25 September 2017

A call for new Sports Chaplains

There are many Sports Chaplains right across the UK

The Sport Chaplaincy UK (SCUK) which recently held its 25th Anniversary celebration event in the Houses of Parliament, is calling for more trained priests and vicars across the Diocese to take part in becoming Sports Chaplains and part of its network.

The sports chaplains seek to serve clubs and a varied and wide range of sports settings, and the roles are different according to the club. They normally involve, becoming acquainted with members, players and the staff, by building trust and creating a natural interaction between the chaplain and those at the club.

They are normally there at events, sharing experiences, and providing opportunities for conversation for those with and without a spiritual faith. There is a focused support on help during life events, injury and rehabilitation. More can be found online about the roles, and the Sports Chaplains UK are widely supported by Sir Alex Ferguson, Director at Manchester United and Sir Ian McGeechan, head coach of the British and Irish Lions.

Even if there is not a traditional sports club nearby, or the priest is are not a team sports player, chaplains are being asked to take part in a new initiative to support a local gym and a show God’s presence in the heart of the high street fitness industry.

Find out more on the Sports Chaplaincy UK Website.

About Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall was the diocesan Communications Assistant, before going on to become a Franciscan Friar with the Society of St Francis. Matthew seeks to protect the environment. He adores hiking and being outdoor in the country or by the sea in nearly all weather. He dreams of hiking to Rome and Jerusalem.

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