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“The Soul of Football” – Book

The Soul of Football Book by Mark Chester

 

Soul of Football

Cloning Jamie Carragher

Lionel Messi’s mistakes

It’s all Wayne Rooney’s fault

Find out more about The Soul of Football http://ow.ly/GnSSz

Read a sample chapter http://bit.ly/1EZitOK

“This book gets beyond the surface of football, and reminds us that we need to get beyond the surface of life, too.”
Revd John K. Boyers, Chaplain, Manchester United

Buy a copy of ‘The Soul of Football’ on BRFonline http://www.brfonline.org.uk/9781841016542/

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All Souls London Sport

All Souls Church in Langham Place London has an all year round sports ministry programme called SOLE Sports.

SOLE Sports has many regular sports as well as some annual trips, tournaments and special events. The sports currently on offer are:

Badminton Friday eve Central London badminton@allsouls.org
Basketball Saturday AM Central London basketball@allsouls.org
Climbing Once a month Westway climbing@allsouls.org
Football Monday eve Central London football@allsouls.org
Pilates Monday eve

Tues 12.30

Central London pilates@allsouls.org
Running Thursday eve Pimlico running@allsouls.org
Sailing Sunday PM (summer) Locations vary sailing@allsouls.org
Ski/Snowboard Once a year Europe sports@allsouls.org
Table Tennis Friday eve Central London sports@allsouls.org
Tennis Saturday AM Regents Park tennis@allsouls.org
Touch Rugby Saturday AM Regents Park / Wandsworth Common touchrugby@allsouls.org

For more information email play@solesports.org visit www.solesports.org and find us on facebook – SOLE Sports.

Ambassadors Football (nee in Sport)

Ambassadors in Sport: www.ambassadorsfootball.org

In 1990, 3 overseas amateur footballers who had relocated to the northern England town of Bolton started a football team by placing an advert in a local newspaper. From these humble beginnings a movement started that is ‘Ambassadors in Sport’ which has grown not only nationally across the UK (offices in Bolton and London) but to over 15 countries globally. The ambitions of these founders have always extended beyond the field itself; their Christian faith, ethos and values drove them to go beyond the game and actually seek to ‘bring hope through football’. Since becoming a UK registered charity (No 1055422) and a limited company (No 3172553) in 1997; AIS has aimed to be facilitators in mobilizing people and churches to participate in the vision to bring holistic transformation in individuals and communities through football. AIS want to serve the football community with excellence which means that Ambassadors want to support, help, encourage, include, partner, resource, focus on others and be big hearted towards the people involved at home and abroad in the football culture and community. AIS especially want to stand alongside those (particularly children/young people) who are poor, marginalized or vulnerable. Generally the Christian beliefs and foundations of AIS will be demonstrated in the character (e.g. integrity, trust, grace, Christ-like etc) of AIS workers and the way they connect (e.g. inclusiveness, respect for individuals, family etc) with others within the UK and overseas. Distinctively AIS seek to value Innovation, Team, Football and Church. Therefore in approach and attitude; AIS want to value Church by putting it at the heart of its tactics to be agents of transformation in the football community. The primary way in which this tactic will be worked out is to envision, equip and enable churches to engage effectively with the football culture. AIS wants to be intentional about tying in as much of its work (e.g. in schools, prisons, youth offenders, detached youth work, churches, youth clubs, teams, leagues, tours, tournaments, soccer schools, soccer weekends, football in the community and amongst the marginalised e.g. ‘Kids at Risk and homeless football projects) into local expressions of community i.e. church and football clubs.

Ambassadors Name Change

Following a 2 year international review and a global leaders summit in January 2013, there has been unanimous support for the name of ‘Ambassadors in Sport’ to be changed to ‘Ambassadors Football’ by the leaders of all the Ambassadors works around the world plus staff and trustees in the UK. The explanation for this change is that:

  • We are often asked what sports apart from football we do and therefore want to clearly identify ourselves as specialists within our chosen sport of football
  • We don’t want to be confused with other sports ministry organisations and so this name change will bring clarity to the wider sports ministry movement about what Ambassadors does
  • We wish to communicate from our name a greater inclusiveness and sense of “movement” both in the UK and across the world as we work both in and through football
  • We wanted to retain the name ‘Ambassadors’ as this is how we are known plus it is part of our God given calling (2 Corinthians 5:20) and DNA to be God’s ‘good news’ messengers to football loving people

Ambassadors run the very popular London Churches Football Tournament held at the Indoors 3g Astroturf Soccerdome by the O2.

The 6-a-side tournament has expanded to 2 days this year:

Sat 3 May Youths: U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s (Featuring Linvoy Primus)

Mon 5 May (Bank Holiday): Men & Women

Check out the entry form below

LCFT Entry Form 2014

Basketballers

I’m sure there must be plenty of Christian Men and Ladies that play Basketball? If you are one of them why don’t you consider setting up a network to encourage each other? You could compare stories, meet up at events and maybe discuss how you could share with your other basketballing friends the Good News of Jesus? Do Jesus and basketball excite you, then maybe this is the calling you have been waiting for?

I am happy to put you in contact with others who contact me if this is of interest.

Put “Christian Basketballers” in the subject line and email me at mark@mccfc.org.uk and we can set the ball rolling. It’s post Olympic year, let’s grow sports ministry in the UK bigger than ever before, exciting times…. Mark Blythe, UK Sports Ministry Website Administrator

Bejing 2 London

What B2L is about – www.beijing2london.net

Basically B2L is a four year outreach campaign within the unique time frame between the Beijing and London Olympics. Teams from a variety of different Christian agencies can go out and prayers be aimed towards service opportunities in China, Central Asia and some surrounding nations, the Middle East, and Europe (2008-2012 moving Westward progressively). Mainly they will be doing:

– prayer,
– acts of kindness,
– celebration of cultures,
– and building relationship.

These are four categories of practical and meaningful action that people can do even in more difficult places, should be welcomed by those affected by it (there are no laws against these four things if done in the right way), and can be used as means to strengthen or establish longer term initiatives. Read more on our web site if you are interested, or email us at ilovesilk@oval.com.

What we are looking for

Sports is of course a very easy way to connect and to serve people, and all such efforts can play an essential part in the road leading up to London 2012. We are looking for those who would like to be active members of the growing network of those involved; to pray, spread the word, and to send or facilitate outreach teams. As we work in unity and find synergy in our work, the effect is multiplied.

Peter Wilburg, YWAM Harpenden B2L Team Leader

www.beijing2london.net

Calling Christian Sports People

I’m sure there must be thousands of Christian Sports Players out there? Indeed many have visited the Sports Ministry stands at CRE and Conferences to ask if there’s a Christian group for their particular sport. If you are one of them and cant find a sports ministry already established for your sport then why don’t you consider setting up a network to encourage each other? You could compare stories, meet up at events and maybe discuss how you could share with your other sports friends the Good News of Jesus? Do Jesus and sport excite you, then maybe this is the calling you have been waiting for?

I am happy to put you in contact with others who contact me if this is of interest.

Put “Christian Sports Players” in the subject line and please email me advising which sport you are into at mark@mccfc.org.uk and we can set the ball rolling. Let’s grow sports ministry in the UK bigger than ever before, exciting times…. Mark Blythe, UK Sports Ministry Website Administrator

Christian Golf Society

Christian Golf Society: www.christiangolfsociety.org.uk

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CGS support a growing number of church based events around the country by providing a grand final for the winners of each event to qualify for and to play in. The National Christian Golf Cup final is held around August-September each year. The 2016 Final is being held on Saturday 20th August in Oxfordshire.

There are tournaments in Essex, Surrey, West Midlands plus many other counties across the UK every year. Do make contact to find out more, to join in with one of the events or to set up your own in your Church. It could be a four-ball or 100 strong, just doing something with your Church Golfers and inviting your friends is the idea!

Email: david@christiangolfsociety.org.uk

Christian Surfers UK

Christian Surfers UK

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Christian Surfers UK exists as a Christian presence and witness to the entire surfing community within the UK, Ireland & Europe.

Sitting out the back, waiting for the next set of waves, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the creation around us. At Christian Surfers UK we are a group of full-on surfers who are also committed Christians and we see God’s signature written all over the waves and the ocean. Our desire is to experience this amazing God for ourselves through a personal relationship.

Our aim is therefore a simple one: to tell other surfers that they too can have a relationship with God. We are not a church, but our members represent a wide range of different churches to which they belong. However, it is our main objective to bridge the gap between the beach community and the church. We are clear that we are not Christians because of any of the good things we might have done, nor because we may go to church. God saves us by his grace alone.

Headed by Phil Williams

Email: phil@christiansurfers.co.uk
Website: www.christiansurfers.co.uk

Surfers

Christians in Football

Christians in Football: www.christiansinfootball.org

Christians in Football, formed in 1990, is the National Network Association of Christian-based Football Clubs. It co-ordinates an effective approach of envisioning, encouraging, enabling and training key leaders in Football Ministry, both in Church Leagues and Christian-based Teams that play in Secular Leagues. In 1992, CIF started and continues to organise the National Christian Cup and introduced another National Competition, the National Christian Trophy, 3 years ago. For 12 years, the National Finals have been held on Professional grounds. CIF has run 26 European Mission Tours since 1991.

Call:
Email: go@christiansinfootball.org

Christians in Sport

Christians in Sport: www.christiansinsport.org.uk

Tel: 01869 255630

Christians in Sport supports the local church and their many players, coaches and administrators as they spread the unstoppable message of the gospel through their local sports clubs. Our day to day work involves equipping Christian sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities to represent Jesus in their sports clubs and teams, as well as helping churches across the UK with their evangelistic preaching to sportspeople.

Church of England: Ministry of Sport

www.ministryofsport.org.uk

Contact our Sport Ambassador:

Rob Taylor

rob.taylor@southwell.anglican.org

07775 687682

Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
The Ministry of Sport operates across sports, across denominations, and across Nottinghamshire. We support amateur and professional sportspeople in their walk with Christ; provide opportunities for people interested in sport to investigate the Christian faith; enthuse local churches to engage and share in the passion that ordinary people have for sport; and aim to have a positive impact on the culture of sport. Check out our website to see what event is coming-up next and how you can get involved.

Cross the Line – Football

Cross the Line

www.xtheline.co.uk

Here at Cross The Line, we are a bunch of faith driven ’20-something’ writers, reporting hot off the press football news making Jesus known!

Our website includes a number of features, including generic football articles as well as a “faith and football” section where we give our readers a chance to read football stories with a different light. We look to combine the latest football news with the Christian faith; giving you a chance to relate everyday stories in the world of football with Christian beliefs.

We also have a podcast where Ollie Baines leads the latest discussion on all things faith and football. More recently, we have added a “player interview” feature, where Cross The Line chats to a number of professional Christian footballers. Plus we offer a testimonies section where people can send in their stories of how they experienced God through football.  We would love for you to get involved –

please Follow us on Twitter @crossthelinex_

please Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cross-The-Line/319850071508603?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

or, email us at crosstheline321@gmail.com

CSRM

CSRM (Church Sport and Recreation Minsters) is an international sports ministry that has as its mission statement – ‘seeing local churches change lives for Christ through sport’. Though based in the USA it has strong links with the UK, Canada, Egypt, Uganda, Liberia and Ethiopia where it seek to equip the local church in its sports and recreation ministry programme. CSRM’s annual Summit conference leads the world in its training of the local church’s sports minister whilst its certification programme and counselling network builds into the lives of both individuals and church communities. www.csrm.org bryan@csrm.org Bryan Mason (International Director) (office) 07916-252709 (mobile)

CVM – Christian Vision for Men

Christian Vision for Men – www.cvmen.org.uk

A range of events, talks & resources designed for men, eg an FA Cup Final watching event with burgers, beer, crisps and no healthy food!

Find out more on the website or through the following:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CVM/68887800759

Twitter followers: http://twitter.com/CVMen

YouTube subscribers: http://www.youtube.com/CVMmedia

CVM hold an annual Men Only Conference, called The Gathering. 1000 Men in a field near Swindon! Sports, Scalectrix, Comedy, Talks – brilliant for believers and not-yet-believers, bring your mates. 20-22 June, 2014 –  check the website for details.

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Engage 2015 – Rugby World Cup

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Engage 2015 is a cross denominational campaign set up to help UK churches  serve  the rugby community during the World Cup event in October 2015. We have no official status within Rugby World Cup 2015.

Our aim is to help UK’s churches demonstrate God’s love by serving the World Cup 2015, and the rugby community during it, to the fullest possible extent.

Our approach is that Engage 2015 should be centrally resourced and locally delivered. Thus, our role is to;

Provide churches with inspiration, information and resources

To build relationships between the church & the rugby community

The World Cup – the third largest international sports event – comes to the UK during September/October 2015.

It will involve:

  • 20 national squads from across the globe – including all the home nations
  • 48 games and 50 training centres spread – from Newcastle to Exeter, and Cardiff to Brighton
  • 400,000 visitors from over 100 nations
  • Wall to wall media coverage

This presents every church with another great opportunity to serve the event and share God’s love.

It happened during the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee.

Now we can do it again

Offering during the world cup:

  • chaplaincy to teams
  • youth and children’s events
  • festivals
  • family hosting
  • guest events
  • sports quizes
  • games pastors
  • volunteering

For more information, please email info@engage2015.co.uk

Website: www.engage2015.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Engage2015

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Engage2015

 

Faith and Fitness

Faith and Fitness

We are a small christian sports group who meet every Thursday at Seymour Leisure Centre, London W1K 5TJ from 7-9:30 pm. We study 5 verses and discuss 5 questions in a spin studio and then head out to go running or play racket sports including badminton, table tennis and squash finishing with a prayer and food at the local pub. Join us! All abilities and people welcome!

Facebook# https://www.facebook.com/groups/FaithFitnessFellowship.FFF/

Twitter# https://twitter.com/FaithFitnessFF

Instagram# http://instagram.com/faithandfitnesslondon

Website# http://htbfaithandfitness.wix.com/faithandfitness

Football – Screenings

Football – Screenings
Watching big football matches presents churches with an opportunity to reach out to the local community and particularly to men.

If you plan to have a big screen event at church then these are the key
things you need to know.

• The church needs a TV licence
• No admission charge is allowed however you can ask for donations
for food etc.
If this is all too much and you are not aiming at a big crowd here are a
couple of alternatives.
• Invite some men to your home to watch the match and share
refreshments!
• Team up with a local pub which will be showing the match and provide
free food or snacks.

Football Ministry Training

Ambassadors Football stage training days for folks interested in learning more about Football Ministry.  We would also love experienced football ministry practitioners to come and share their secrets and mistakes with others so we can all learn from each other!

For more info contact Steve Read on sread@ambassadorsfootball.org

The last training day was  at the Soccerdome by the O2 in London. Six different football ministries based in the UK shared their experiences and knowledge and the feedback was very positive. Dan Owen from Ambassadors Football shared about the new Community Cage Franchise project that helps Churches connect with local youths especially; Chris Roe, Crystal Palace Chaplain shared some insights into Chaplaincy in the professional game; Tom Rutter from Kick London taught on youth academies; Steve Miles from Christians in Sport shared about supporting Professionals in the game with their faith; Mark Blythe shared 20 years of experience running Church teams and leagues; Linvoy Primus shared about playing in the Premier League for Portsmouth and how he is now called to share the Gospel; James Jaggard of 90+ Ministries spoke about the academy work in the north west and putting football coaches into local schools and churches and highly qualified John Squires of Ambassadors took a coaching session on the pitch with delegates joining in as they wanted to. An amazing day of football ministry.

Contact Steve for more information about the next event sread@ambassadorsfootball.org

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Golf – Simple Outreach Activity

Golf – “Early Birdies” A simple regular outreach activity

Justyn Jackson – Chichester Baptist Church

The Aim: Our church is very much into organising regular events which we call “alternative gatherings”.  These range from sports events, country walks, craft, old peoples homes and mountain biking.  All are an attempt to engage with people who either cannot or prefer not to go to church.  

The Brief: I needed a golf format that was not too long, not too expensive and preferably where we could start and finish at the same time.

A Solution: Shotgun start the back nine holes early on a Sunday morning. This means that all groups start on a different hole at the same predetermined time and therefore all finish at about the same time.  Last week for example we had 12 players which I divided into 4 groups of 3.  We met at 6.45 am and one group walked to hole 10, one to hole 18, one to hole 16 and one to hole 15.  At 7 am each group teed off.  Traditionally a shotgun (hence the term shotgun start) or a hooter would sound to announce the start, but we don’t have a gun licence and it’s a bit early on a Sunday morning for loud noises! Once a group that started on the 15th, 16th or 18th hole finishes the 18th, they simply walk to the 10th hole and continue until all of the holes 10 -18 have been completed.

Club Benefit: I approached my golf club with the idea and they realised that it was a win win situation.  Empty course or people playing and paying? They charge us £15 for 9 holes, but suggest you negotiate what is appropriate for each course.  We tee off at 7am and are usually all done by 9.30am, this means that those who want to go on to church may do so.

Winners: We produce an order of merit table showing the ongoing scores and present a monthly trophy for the winner.

Attendees: Over 40 people have expressed a strong interest and we regularly attract about 10-12 players.

Message: We give a short thought for the day at the end at the prize giving. Everyone knows it is a Church run activity and it is a great way to meet new people on their turf whilst having fun.

Summary: We think the format works well, despite being early, and could be one that others could take to their local clubs.

Contact: For more information contact Justyn Jackson – Chichester Baptist Church Email: justynjackson@nhs.net

 

Higher Sports

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Higher Sports is a practical resource to equip any church in any country make a difference in its community with the life changing message of Jesus. The coaching module and the teaching packages are designed in such a way as to enable church personnel to run them without any external help.

Higher Sports is a 6-8 week course for churches and schools involving sports coaching and games together with Christian based teaching. The material for each of these three resources (rugby, football and games) allows for an hour of coaching followed by a ‘team talk’. The drills and coaching skills are clearly set out in the Higher Sports manuals with accompanying diagrams, teaching points and progressions. The implementation of these do not require the Coach to be qualified in the sport but rather to have an enthusiasm and enjoyment for working with young people in the sporting arena.

The resource bag contains all that is necessary to action the coaching and the teaching sessions and allows for Higher Sports to be presented in many forms:

  • As a course lasting several weeks culminating in an Awards Ceremony with a guest speaker from the sporting world
  • As a sports clinic week
  • Part of a summer camp programme
  • ​As the basis of Church’s Holiday Week programme
  • ​Integral part of a school’s Physical Education programme with provision to include delivery of key stage 2 values within the classroom environment
  • Inclusion in a school’s Religious Education programme with extended studies of the ‘team talk’ material

Contact Us:

9, Kepax Gardens, Worcester, England, WR3 7LB, United Kingdom.

Email: info@highersports.org
Office: +44 (0)1677 426347
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 572032

www.highersports.org


Kick London

KICK LONDON is about transforming young people’s lives with God’s love through football, and aims to apply Christian values in a way that combines:

·        Quality sports and football programmes
·        Integrated life skills training

We provide an innovative and engaging programme of sports activities that are set in an encouraging, inclusive, and supportive environment focussing on the holistic learning (physical, social, spiritual, and emotional) of each young person. Kick London was established in the London Borough of Richmond in 2003. It is a company limited by guarantee, and a registered charity.  It is overseen by a Board of Trustees who focus on the work of Kick London as it develops across the whole of the capital city and local management teams in individual London Boroughs.

Our F.A. qualified coaches provide curriculum-integrated sessions in mainstream schools and Pupil Referral Units (for excluded pupils), are engaged in other national and local government programmes for children and young people outside mainstream education. We undertake assemblies, breakfast, lunchtime, and after school clubs in mainstream schools, provide activities for the socially, geographically and physically disadvantaged and support the establishment of local academies providing training and sports skills for all – not just those gifted and talented.

Kick London is making a difference already working with 3,500 young people per week and we are currently seeking funding to support a step change in our organisation and develop a managerial and operations team to facilitate Kick London’s growth to reach 30,000 young people each week by 2012. Website: www.kicklondon.org.uk
Contact details: Mark Anderson, Operations & Development Manager, markanderson@kicklondon.org.uk Kick London, Holy Trinity Church, Sheen Park, Richmond, TW9 1UP

Kings Volunteer

Kings Volunteer is part of the Kings Foundation, a UK charity that believes that all children are loved and valued by God and that by helping children to reach their potential through sport and activity, we are doing God’s work.  Kings Volunteer aims to equip, enable and inspire local volunteers to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to be active, have fun and learn together. With a focus on benefitting disadvantaged and marginalized children and working through local partners, Kings Volunteer provides the training, resources and encouragement to enable organizations, churches and individuals to use sport and activity to enrich the lives of children and young people.

We understand that not all children will grow up to be sports stars, but we believe that all children can enjoy the benefits of participating in sport and activity. In addition, the Kings Volunteer approach can be a great vehicle for integrating health, education and Christian faith messages – bringing children, families and communities together and promoting an environment where children feel valued and encouraged to reach their potential.

The Kings Volunteer approach has three key components:

  • The Training we provide: Designed to be very simple and adaptable to any context, the training equips local volunteers with no previous experience to deliver fun, informative and inclusive activity sessions that children and young people really enjoy.
  • The Resources we share: The Base Pack is a carefully designed back-pack of sports resources that can be used to deliver a wide range of games and activities for all ages and abilities – meaning everyone can join in the fun, whatever their ability or affinity with sport.

The Community we build: With local volunteers and partners using the Base Packs in over 10 countries, across a wide range of contexts (from Uganda to Romania to Pakistan), we love to keep in touch with everyone – encouraging an exchange of ideas and promoting an international network of support.

The Base Pack is a great tool to enhance church outreach initiatives and also provides a very practical way for churches to support the work of other local actors. The possibilities are endless and the wonderful thing about the KV approach is that it is so flexible: it gives you the tools to design a programme that meets the needs of the local communities that you serve; integrating themes which are appropriate and relevant to the lives of the children and families that live there.

For more information please contact us at info@kingsvolunteer.org.

Logos Golf Ministries

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Logos Golf Ministries is an independent Christian charity founded in 2004, dedicated to Gospel ministry in golf.  Our main areas of work are:

  • Serving Tour professionals through chaplaincy on golf tours around the world
  • Supporting Christian Club and Teaching Professionals and reaching out to others
  • Encouraging and equipping churches and Christian amateur golfers to use golf for the Gospel

Golf is a truly international sport played by 60 million people around the world and watched by further millions of men, women, boys and girls.  Professional golf is televised every week in more than 200 countries and translated into nearly 40 languages, reaching more than 500 million households – why not get involved and play your part so that golfers hear the good news of Jesus Christ and keep growing in their love and knowledge of Him.

Find out more at www.logosgolfministries.com or contact us at:

Logos Golf Ministries, PO Box 1071, St Albans, AL1 9RE

Tel: 07794 003608

Email: office@logosgolfministries.com

More Than Gold 2014

Check out the website for information www.morethangold2014.org.uk

More Than Gold2014 is the charity representing the Churches in the UK for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014.

The principal objective of More Than Gold is to mobilise the Christian Churches and agencies to play a full part in serving the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Games It has been a tradition for the Churches in the host country to mobilise thousands of volunteers, providing hospitality for families of athletes, offering chaplaincy services and the distributing of water to spectators, among many other activities.

Contact Details

Email: info@morethangold2014.org.uk

Nat Christian Veterans Football Cup

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An 11-a-side football competition for guys 35+.

For Church based teams across the country.

CUP HISTORY

Winners 2009 Yarm Vineyard Church, North Yorkshire

Winners 2010 Goldhill Baptist Church, Bucks

Winners 2011 & 2014 Stoneleigh Baptist Church, Surrey

Winners 2012 Molesey Community Church, Surrey

Winners 2013 New Life Croydon

Winners 2015 Cornerstone, Gloucs

For more details contact Mark Blythe on mark@mccfc.org.uk

Netballers

I’m sure there must be plenty of Christian Ladies that play Netball? If you are one of them why don’t you consider setting up a network to encourage each other? You could compare stories, meet up at events and maybe discuss how you could share with your other netballing friends the Good News of Jesus? Do Jesus and netball excite you, then maybe this is the calling you have been waiting for?

I am happy to put you in contact with others who contact me if this is of interest.

Put “Christian Netballers” in the subject line and email me at mark@mccfc.org.uk and we can set the ball rolling. It’s post Olympic year, let’s grow sports ministry in the UK bigger than ever before, such exciting times…. Mark Blythe, UK Sports Ministry Website Administrator

Onside Soccer

Onside Soccer (www.onsidesoccer.com) is a Christian sports outreach charity which specialises in taking groups from the UK to the developing world to set up football coaching with children and young people there.  Working in partnership with local churches, we also engage in social projects and get involved fully in the communities where we are based.  Currently we have established links in Uganda, Ghana and Romania and hope to expand to other destinations soon.  As a charity we have three main aims:

  • to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unsaved through sports coaching (mainly football),
  • to contribute to the work of social action projects in targeted areas via the contact of local churches,
  • to disciple and educate tour participants through a structured programme of daily talks, bible studies and practical application focusing on social justice, poverty and international development from a Christian perspective.

To help raise awareness of what we do and to assist with raising funds we also organise European football weekend breaks, giving customers the chance to see some of Europe’s top football teams in action.

Passion for Sport

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Passion for Sport exists to introduce sports fans to Jesus through media.  All around the world millions of people follow a team or sport passionately without ever taking part.  We know Liverpool fans in The Gambia, Arsenal fans in Kenya, Manchester United fans in Japan and even Cornwall, who have never been to watch their team play.  But that doesn’t reduce their passion or make them any less a fan.  Here at Passion for Sport we too are passionate about sport.  We love it.  Football, rugby, cricket, athletics, motor sport – you name it.  We are even more passionate about Jesus and are passionate about introducing sports fans to him.

We produce two weekly radio programmes featuring news, stories and interviews with sportsmen and women, many of whom are followers of Jesus who talk about their sport and faith.  Planet Sport is a 15-minute, multi-sport show heard on 50 stations in 16 countries.  Our analysts include former professional sportsmen including Brazilian Alex Ribeiro (Formula 1) and Tu Nu’uali’itia who played in two Rugby World Cups for Samoa, scoring a try against eventual winners South Africa in the 1995 quarter finals.  You can listen free on demand on line at www.planetsport.tv and via a phone app, search “Planet Sport” for both iPhone and Android devices.  Planet Sport Football Africa features news of football in Africa and African players around the world and is heard on over 30 stations in Africa.  This too is available free on demand at www.planetsport.tv.

We also report from major sporting events for our two radio programmes and provide a reporting service for Christian radio stations.  In 2008 we served over 1000 stations worldwide in six languages from the Olympic Games in Beijing.

We have an extensive online library of sports players’ testimonies.  Check out the Resources page on our supporters’ site at  www.passionforsport.com to hear sports stars talking about their sport and faith.  Interviews include Henry Olonga (cricket, Zimbabwe), Julian Speroni (football, Crystal Palace FC) and Nick Farr-Jones (rugby union, captain of Australia’s 1991 Rugby World Cup winning side).  We are also developing the www.planetsport.tv site for sports fans with pages focussing on different sport.  With background information, a brief history of the game, funny quotes, images and short testimonies in both print and audio this is a great resource to direct sports you know to, to help introduce them to Jesus: http://www.planetsport.tv/sports.html

For more information visit the two websites: www.passionforsport.com and www.planetsport.tv.

Postgraduate Awards in Sport and Christian Outreach

University of Gloucestershire

Postgraduate Awards in Sport and Christian Outreach

MA in Sport and Christian Outreach (Sports Ministry)

MA in Sport and Christian Outreach (Sports Chaplaincy)

Led by specialist teams of staff from the University of Gloucestershire and associates from Redcliffe College, these courses seek to provide postgraduate level accreditation for those wishing to pursue (or already pursuing) careers in sports ministry or sports chaplaincy settings.

Drawing upon key aspects of applied theology, sports studies, and community development, both courses are specifically designed to provide candidates with an academic and professional grounding in their respective fields whilst considering more broadly how Christian sports practitioners might connect with the wider sporting world. Three levels of qualification are on offer: Postgraduate Certificate (three taught modules), Postgraduate Diploma (six taught modules), and/or full MA (six taught modules plus dissertation).

To accommodate the specific needs of those who work full-time in their occupational roles, these awards are delivered predominantly via intensive 4-5 day blocks over the course of the academic year.

If you are a graduate from a related discipline, or have a particular interest in the relationship between sport and faith, you are strongly encouraged to apply. Part-time or full-time study options are available. (Please note that although course provision is at postgraduate level, entry is not dependent upon the prior acquisition of an undergraduate degree).

If you would like to learn more about our courses, then please click the following links:

http://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/scm/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/scc/Pages/default.aspx

Alternatively, if you would like to chat further about the courses that we have on offer, then please contact:

Professor Andrew Parker

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care

University of Gloucestershire

Oxstalls Campus

Oxstalls Lane

Gloucester, UK

GL2 9HW

Tel:

Fax: +44 (0) 1242 715222

Mobile: 07920 210333

Email: aparker@glos.ac.uk

Rock UK Adventure Centres

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ROCK UK is a long established Christian charity providing exciting outdoor adventure at its UK based adventure centres. We are passionate about developing young people and using the outdoors to transform lives. We run residential and day programmes that are accessible to all ages with instructed activities or you can choose to run your own programme.

Our adventure centres are in Kent (Carroty Wood), Northants (Frontier Centre), South Wales (Summit Centre) and The Scottish Borders (Whithaugh Park). Over 50,000 people visit our centres every year from a variety of groups including schools, youth groups, sports clubs, Christian Unions, corporate groups, community groups, churches and many more.

Many of our instructors joined us as gap year trainees where they became inspired to pursue careers developing young people. If you would like to receive high quality training in adventurous activities and gain National Governing Body Awards in canoeing, kayaking, climbing, archery and many others, then please contact job.enquiry@rockuk.org, call 0844 8000 222 or visit our website www.rockuk.org.

 

Rugby Players

I’m sure there must be plenty of Christian Rugby Players out there? Indeed some have visited the Sports Ministry stands at CRE and other Conferences to ask if there’s a Christian rugby group. If you are one of them why don’t you consider setting up a network to encourage each other? You could compare stories, meet up at matches and maybe discuss how you could share with your other rugby loving friends the Good News of Jesus? Do Jesus and rugby excite you, then maybe this is the calling you have been waiting for?

I am happy to put you in contact with others who contact me if this is of interest.

Put “Christian Rugby Players” in the subject line and please email me at mark@mccfc.org.uk and we can set the ball rolling. The Rugby World Cup is on it’s way to our shores, let’s grow rugby sports ministry in the UK bigger than ever before, exciting times…. Mark Blythe, UK Sports Ministry Website Administrator

Rugby World Cup 2015

Similar to More Than Gold for the London Olympics an organisation has been set up to initiate the churches response to the 2015 Rugby World Cup under the banner of Engage 2015. The plan is to launch Engage 2015 in early 2014, and more details will be available shortly.

But before that we are looking to mobilise prayer. Therefore on 18th September – exactly 2 years prior to the opening ceremony –  we are planning a Global Prayer Wave. Further details of this can be found in the attached document. ENGAGE 2015 PRAYER WAVE

You are invited to be involved in this prayer initiative. Also if you know of others, both in the UK and around the world, who you think would be interested, please feel free to pass on this information, thank you.

David Chawner

david.chawner@engage2015.co.uk

Run for the World R4TW

Run for the World R4TW – an initiative of OM SportsLink

Supporting Local & Global Transformational Sports Community Projects

www.r4tw.org www.omsportslink.org/

What is R4TW? – R4TW brings people together in a fun, healthy way using a passion for sport to change lives.  We encourage and support groups all over the world and in the UK to organise and run 5k events all on the same day.  This year we have set ourselves the challenge of running around the world in a day.  We are going for an event in each of the 24 time zones racking up 40,000km (the circumference of the earth) so we are literally running around the world in one day.

There are 4 main benefits

R elationships – Bringing communities, churches, other agencies and businesses together

4 undraising – in 2012 we raised $40,000 for sports ministries – groups can use this to raise money for their projects

T ogetherness – It’s good to feel part of something big, participating together with communities all across the world

W ellness  – It’s great to use this event to promote healthy, fun activity

Where is R4TW? Since 2007 we have seen thousands of people take part in 20 nations. There is a growing number of runs all over the world—from Ukraine to USA and Nepal to The Netherlands.

R4TW Projects – Many lives have been transformed over the years.  A typical project is ‘Just One Ball’ in Zambia where soccer is used to teach young men how to take responsibility and be better fathers. Let’s make more stories!

This global event really can help sports ministries so how do we help organize an event?

  • Provide simple event planning checklists
  • Give ideas of different models for your culture
  • Advice about promotion and fund raising
  • Online registration and graphic design

Contact: graham.sandersfield@om.org

    Runners

    Do you run? Are you a Christian? Well this may be just for you.  Christian Runners is a national club, no joining fee, all you do is buy a T-Shirt and run with it on.

    The vision is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ around our country in local and national running races. To encourage Christians to share what they believe.

    If you have any questions please email:

    run@christianrunners.co.uk

     

    Runners @ parkruns

    Chiltern Church Runners

    Based in Sutton, South London, we are set up around parkrun (a 5km free event of which there are many around the country), our home run is at Roundshaw parkrun, but we also have regular runners at Banstead, and sometimes Nonsuch. Our membership is about 80% from our Church, and 20% ‘associate’ runners, non Church members who lend us their support.

    We also run together on fortnightly Sunday night training runs, and enter local running events (Perch 10k, Sports Relief, SLH Informals, Beddington 10k and Hogsmill 5 for example).

    We seek to be a visible, friendly presence, mixing a local Church community with the local running community in a gentle way. See what we look like on YouTube courtesy of a video of an event that features us quite heavily – just search Roundshaw parkrun.

    We also seek to encourage other Churches to become involved at parkrun – to be ‘churchrunners’. The Selsdon Baptist Church Runners have set up at Lloyd parkrun, Croydon and the Good Shepherd Runners are at Nonsuch parkrun, Sutton following similar models to us. See also our ‘churchrun’ document in the Resources section

    Contact us via runners@chilternchurch.org.uk

    How to set up a Park Run Club

    Churchrun – a how to guide to setting up a church based running club

    Chiltern Church Runners – a working example

    Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Can you take church out to people?

    Taps into an external organised event (parkrun – free timed 5k run every Saturday) with its own infrastructure, you can contribute to the running by adding volunteers – but you do not have to organise from scratch. We, and you, can be supporters of parkrun as well as users of it. All you need are a few ‘runners’.

    There are three simple steps;

    1. E-mail the main parkrun site telling them you are a club, with a club name that includes the word Church, Christian, Baptist etcetera.  office@parkrun.com
    2. Get T-shirts with the club name and maybe a slogan on – be visible.
    3. If you can have a webpage (ideally on your church site), you can add this as a link to your club on the parkrun site. See an example – http://www.chilternchurch.org.uk/Groups/182529/Chiltern_Church/Community/C_O_Gs/Chiltern_Runners/Chiltern_Runners.aspx

    In some ways it is that easy. Each runner can link themselves to the club, club membership is retroactive – so all your ‘old’ runs are credited to the club.

    The idea is to be visible and offer a gentle (but clear) invitation – ‘we are here, ask about us if you want’.

    You are advertising via t-shirts, club name in results list, and weblink to your running page on the church website. Most recently we have advertised the Christmas services on the parkrun website – one regular at our parkrun commented we had ‘earned the right’ to do so, as ‘it’s not as if we had just come along’, we were 9 months in to attending. You could do similar things, in due course.

    Over 20% of our runners do not come to Chiltern, we call them ‘associate runners’ and it is my belief that nearly all of those people do not come to church at all. We also run other events, we have run under the Church name in events all over England. People will come and run in the name of a church, who would not necessarily want to come to church. I would note we have chosen to give them free t-shirts as a thank you for ‘advertising’ us.

    What does success look like? People coming to church would be great, but making people more open to faith and less negative about church/faith is also a worthy goal. Certainly reducing people’s already negative views of church was as far as I believe one post race pub chat with two associate runners was ever going to go. Also we are growing, more church attendees are coming, and having the opportunity to ‘fly the flag’ for Chiltern in a way they otherwise would not. If you can get numbers, it certainly helps!

    To make it work at least one person should be passionate, or at least enthusiastic about the activity. However it should be accessible to a broad range of people. On that note it can be valuable to recruit ‘non runners’, one lady in her fifties who had the bravery to come has lead to at least half a dozen more believing they can do it – she now has over 20 parkruns. The ‘non runner’ has become a runner.

    Those that really cannot run have also contributed, prayer, childcare provision, and volunteering have supported our ministry – don’t turn anyone away if you can help it.

    Getting people to do something new in their Christian life is good, getting non Christians involved is good, but also getting Christians to make something they already do part of their Christian life is good as well. You can certainly ‘run for Jesus’, you can be dazzled by the beauty of God’s creation on a run, you can worship, you can support your fellows, you can ponder, you can connect, and (trust me on this one) you really can pray – sometimes for the end of the race!

    I don’t think you can rush it, or be heavy handed about it if it is to work. That does not mean you cannot be open, an event report we wrote on ‘faith or ability’, got picked up on a parkrun facebook page and is still referenced there.

    In summary

    The church after all (cliché time) is not the building, it’s the people. When two of our ‘associate members’ chat with a church member who is also a runner, or when one of the fitness group members who use the building decide to run for us they are meeting ‘church’, and in fact they end up meeting quite a lot of us! Make connections.

    My point is almost not to run outreach events that ask people to come to a church building, but to harness events like parkrun  where people already reach out to those beyond the church and connect those events back, gently, to the people of the church as people of the church.

    Questions and queries?

    Just contact us on runners@chilternchurch.org.uk

    Running Churches at parkruns

    Many Churches have running groups that participate in the free weekly 5km parkruns that happen all across the country.

    Runners GS Names close up

    Churchrun – a how to guide to setting up a church based running club

    Chiltern Church Runners – a working example

    Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Can you take church out to people?

    Taps into an external organised event (parkrun – free timed 5k run every Saturday) with its own infrastructure, you can contribute to the running by adding volunteers – but you do not have to organise from scratch. We, and you, can be supporters of parkrun as well as users of it. All you need are a few ‘runners’.

    There are three simple steps;

    1. E-mail the main parkrun site telling them you are a club, with a club name that includes the word Church, Christian, Baptist etcetera.  See  http://support.parkrun.com/entries/22032022-Can-I-register-my-running-club-with-parkrun-
    2. Get T-shirts (or ‘bibs’) with the club name and maybe a slogan on – be visible.
    3. If you can have a webpage (ideally on your church site), you can add this as a link to your club on the parkrun site.

    In some ways it is that easy. Each runner can link themselves to the club, club membership is retroactive – so all your ‘old’ runs are credited to the club.

    The idea is to be visible and offer a gentle (but clear) invitation – ‘we are here, ask about us if you want’.

    You are advertising via t-shirts, club name in results list, and weblink to your running page on the church website. We have advertised the Christmas services on the parkrun website – one regular at our parkrun commented we had ‘earned the right’ to do so, as ‘it’s not as if we had just come along’, we were 9 months in to attending. You could do similar things, in due course.

    Over 40% of our runners do not come to Chiltern, we call them ‘associate runners’ and it is my belief that nearly all of those people do not come to church at all. We also run other events, we have run under the Church name in events all over England. People will come and run in the name of a church, who would not necessarily want to come to church. I would note we have chosen to give them free t-shirts as a thank you for ‘advertising’ us.

    Don’t want the expense of t shirts for all your runners? A new club has just used a ‘bib’ – print the name of your club twice on a sheet of A4 in large font (say Holy Trinity Church Wallington, for example) – reduce this down to 2 rectangles just under A5 size. Laminate and then cut in half, hole punch carefully in corners – you can now use safety pins to attach this club ‘bib’ it’s cheap, waterproof, and reusable. You can swith to t’s later, or not if you want.

    What does success look like? People coming to church would be great, but making people more open to faith and less negative about church/faith is also a worthy goal. Certainly reducing people’s already negative views of church was as far as I believe one post race pub chat with two associate runners was ever going to go. Also we are growing, more church attendees are coming, and having the opportunity to ‘fly the flag’ for Chiltern in a way they otherwise would not. If you can get numbers, it certainly helps!

    To make it work at least one person should be passionate, or at least enthusiastic about the activity. However it should be accessible to a broad range of people. On that note it can be valuable to recruit ‘non runners’, one lady in her fifties who had the bravery to come has lead to at least half a dozen more believing they can do it – she now has over 20 parkruns. The ‘non runner’ has become a runner.

    Those that really cannot run have also contributed, prayer, childcare provision, and volunteering have supported our ministry – don’t turn anyone away if you can help it.

    Getting people to do something new in their Christian life is good, getting non Christians involved is good, but also getting Christians to make something they already do part of their Christian life is good as well. You can certainly ‘run for Jesus’, you can be dazzled by the beauty of God’s creation on a run, you can worship, you can support your fellows, you can ponder, you can connect, and (trust me on this one) you really can pray – sometimes for the end of the race!

    I don’t think you can rush it, or be heavy handed about it if it is to work. That does not mean you cannot be open, an event report we wrote on ‘faith or ability’, got picked up on a parkrun facebook page and is still referenced there.

    In summary

    The church after all (cliché time) is not the building, it’s the people. When two of our ‘associate members’ chat with a church member who is also a runner, or when one of the fitness group members who use the building decide to run for us they are meeting ‘church’, and in fact they end up meeting quite a lot of us! Make connections.

    My point is almost not to run outreach events that ask people to come to a church building, but to harness events like parkrun  where people already reach out to those beyond the church and connect those events back, gently, to the people of the church as people of the church.

    Questions and queries?

    Just contact us on runners@chilternchurch.org.uk

    Check out the list below and make contact with the people in the area near you if you would like to meet up with Christian runners and outreach groups.

    Please email the website administrator Mark Blythe if you would like to be added to this list  – mark@mccfc.org.uk

    1. Location: Croydon. Lloyd parkrun, Croydon, Surrey www.parkrun.org.uk/lloyd/

    Church: Selsdon Baptist Church Runners www.selsdonbaptist.org.uk/sbcrunners.htm

    Contact: Micky Wheeler micky@thewheelers.eclipse.co.uk or Julian Black julian_black@talk21.com

    2. Location: Hampton Court/Teddington Surrey. Bushy parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/

    Church: Molesey Community Church & others

    Team goodContact: Mark Blythe mark@mccfc.org.uk

    3. Location: Croydon/Sutton. Roundshaw Downs parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/roundshaw/

    Church: Chiltern Church

    Contact: Tim Gray runners@chilternchurch.org.uk.

    4. Location: Cheam, Surrey. Nonsuch parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/nonsuch/

    Church: The Church of the Good Shepherd, Carshalton, Surrey www.goodshepherdcarshalton.org/good-shepherd-runners/

    Contact: Jason Hudson jasondhudson@hotmail.com

    Runners GS team 2

     

     

    Salvation Army – International Sports Ministry

    The Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland are particularly interested in how best to engage with the world of sport in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim is to establish long-term sports ministries within our churches and social centres that will extend far beyond the completion of the Games.

    Already throughout the UK and Ireland, many of our churches and social centres use sport as a way of building relationships, supporting their community and sharing the love of Jesus. The purpose of this office is to share with our churches and centres how through sport we can worship God, do mission and discipleship. We partner with various sports ministry organisations and are looking to extend these partnerships where possible so as to empower and equip local churches to be able to do sports ministry in a relevant and intentional way.

    The Salvation Army is also partnering with other churches and organisations within the umbrella ecumenical charity More Than Gold (www.morethangold.org.uk). At all international sporting events, The SA are often actively involved in the Christian activities that surround them and provide some unique services to participants and supporters during the event.

    If you want to know how you can get your church or centre involved in sports ministry, or if you are wanting to find out what you can do during the Games please contact Sarah-Jane Alley Phone: (020) 7367 4792 Mobile: 07726695406 Email: sarah-jane.alley@salvationarmy.org.uk Website http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/ChurchandSport

    Skaters

    Christian Skaters UK

    Skate Boarding

    We exist to inspire, serve and encourage everyone in the skate/scooter/BMX/Rollerblader/Scooter community to find and follow Jesus

    We aim to do this through forming local support groups around the UK, organise innovative mission trips, we also aim to train and equip individuals who are living in these skate park and street communities.

    We want to network between local churches and ministries and use our combined resources to produce high quality Christian run skate events.

    Finally we want to share good practice and promote quality resources to help reach out and disciple skateboarders, scooter riders, and rollerbladers.

    Headed by Phil Williams.

    Email: info@christianskaters.co.uk
    Website: www.christianskaters.co.uk

    Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ

    What is Snowboarders and Skiers For Christ UK (SFC UK)?

    SFC UK is a grassroots organisation that exists to bridge the snowriding culture to Jesus, partnering with the local Church. SFC’s vision is to be the light of Jesus to the snowriding culture.

    https://vimeo.com/113536884

    The preconceived view of a skier or snowboarder is a white, middle class individual and goes away to the Alps for maybe one or two weeks a year, however, this is not the case for those who immerse themselves in the culture. There is a massive and ever growing scene in the 6 UK snowdomes and many dryslopes and Scottish mountains where people ride every week and the emphasis is on freestyle but there is also a core of riders who leave these shores each winter to do a season abroad. Those involved in SFC UK want to find their identity in Jesus, to engage those within their culture through genuine, loving relationships and to do selfless acts for others as they share the Gospel message

    What does SFC UK do?

    The first thing to know is that, “SFC is a VALUES-BASED organisation opposed to a PROGRAMS-BASED organisation,” meaning that SFC looks different in every place because each group responds to the needs of their own unique communities. Each location is not a cookie-cutter or franchise-modeled group.

    Rather, SFC encourages its leaders to know and live SFC’s B.R.I.D.G.E. values, and dream big and serve in a way that will most effectively BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS to the shredders in their area.

    So we define SFC by our VALUES as opposed to what events we do, and for that reason, the national office has taken on the effort to provide values-based TOOLS and RESOURCES to help our leaders create more effective events and opportunities to BE A LIGHT ON THE HILL.

    For more detail of SFC UK, our BRIDGE values and up to date events please visit our website www.sfc-uk.org

    Andy Brumby SFC UK National Coordinator

    Southern Area Christian Football League

    This is probably the longest running Church football league in the country, now in it’s 39th season. The SACFL covers mainly south west of London and Surrey. Teams come from the A23 west as far out as Camberley and Guildford. Richmond, Chessington, Molesey, Woking, Staines, Wimbledon, Cheam, Surbiton, Morden, Sunninghill are the main areas.

    For the 2015-16 season there are 3 Divisions. Two Divisions are open age adult leagues (ie 16+) and there is a Veterans League for the over 35s.

    New teams and players are always welcome. Check out the league website www.sacfl.co.uk and please make contact with the League Secretary with any questions on sacfl-leaguesecretary@hotmail.co.uk

    Spirit in Sport

    Spirit in Sport’s mission is to change the lives of children, youth and adults for the sake of Jesus Christ. To operate sports programmes based on Christian sporting values, where everyone can participate in an accessible, healthy and fun sporting environment. For everyone whatever ability, to participate and achieve their potential whether in or outside of the church. SIS brings hope through sport by envisioning and enabling individuals and churches in Sport Outreach. Contact Chris Cox chris@spiritinsport.org.uk www.spiritinsport.org.uk

    Sporting Marvels

    Sporting Marvels serve the Rhondda Valley with 16 full-time workers to see God’s Kingdom reign with community transformation. SM work in 4 Comprehensive schools and in 16 Primary school within the Rhondda Valley. Running programs like Sports Days, Night of Champions, Question of Sport etc. Their Mighty Marvels and All Star Leadership Academy are well established and see great favour with PE staff and Head Teachers.

    Sportsforce

    SPORTSFORCE (www.sportsforceinternational.org) Contact Mark Blythe mark@mccfc.org.uk

    Serving Churches through sport. This ministry is set up to help the local church to use sport as an outreach tool. Training and practical support are available. Contact Mark to arrange a meeting with the sporty people in your Church.

    The following activities have been initiated:

    The National Christian Football Festival – 11-a-side football weekend for church based teams – contact Ambassadors Football 0845 071 4390 www.ambassadorsfootball.org.uk

    The National Christian Veterans Football Cup (over 35s) – contact Mark to enter

    Football Ministry Conferences – For everyone that loves Jesus & Football – contact Mark

    The National Christian Cricket Festival – for church based teams. Now being run by World Sport Ministries contact info@worldsportministries.com

    The National Church Golf Cup – contact the Christian Golf Society (david@christiangolfsociety.org.uk)

    MISTAKES IN CHURCH FOOTBALL – We’ve made them all so we’ve written a book to prevent you doing the same!

    A book to help churches that run football teams for outreach has been released. It is based on the experiences Mark Blythe has had heading up the Molesey Community Church football outreach for over 10 years. Every mistake has been made! To learn from them pick up a copy from www.veriteshop.co.uk (or call 01903 241975) for just £10. Title “FOOTBALL 2 FOOTBALL MINISTRY 3″ ie Football is good but footy ministry is even better!

    Church Football Leagues: Mark has held every position whilst serving the longest running church football league in the country (the Southern Area Christian Football League – www.sacfl.co.uk): Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary, Information Secretary, Disciplinary Committee member, Results Secretary, Prayer Co-ordinator, Awards Night Organiser, Cup Final Organiser, Procedures writer…. If you need help starting or running a Church League do make contact.

    SportsReach (Football & Netball)

    SportsReach (www.sportsreach.org.uk) started as CSIL back in the late 80’s when the founder Graham Stamford was challenged to combine his two passions of football and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He got two teams together to play a game of football and at the end of the match shared the Good News of the Gospel with them.

    In 1990 SportsReach was then founded and became a registered charity in 1997 (No. 1065723) and since that point the work has multiplied many times over.  Our offices are at Carnforth, Lancashire and this is where our men’s football league, 5 aside league and ladies netball league are run from.  We also have a ladies football team and a classics (veterans!!) football team. Each team is linked with a local Church and has Christian leaders who will share a Gospel message at each game.

    During the spring and summer we organise soccer (7-14 years old) and netball (9-13 years old) schools around the UK.  Always working alongside local Churches wherever we go, our aims are to give the children quality coaching and competitions as well as sharing the gospel.

    As well as all this SportsReach takes football teams (both men’s and women’s) and coaching teams out into Europe as well as North America and Africa.  In the Dachstein Valley in Austria, where SportsReach have been taking teams for 18 years we are known as ‘the joy people’.   We always share about the reality of our faith in after game presentations as well as giving out Bibles and literature where appropriate.

    SportsReach’s motto is ‘Reaching the world for Christ through sport’.

    office@sportreach.org.uk

    www.sportsreach.org.uk

    The Barnabas Sport Trust

    The Barnabas Sport Trust www.tbst.co.uk

    The Barnabas Sports Trust is a
    Christian charity based in South Devon
    established in May 2003 :
    • To provide quality sports coaching and
    sports events with the aim of nurturing
    and developing players of all abilities:
    improving their game, boosting their
    confidence, heightening their selfesteem
    and enhancing their character.
    • To nurture and develop children and
    young people, of all abilities, in sporting
    skills.
    • To promote and advance Christian
    principles through sport.
    • To positively influence children and
    young people in their mental,
    physical and spiritual development.
    • To empower and encourage
    Christian churches to use sport to
    reach out to the community .
    • To advance the Christian religion
    especially in and through sport in
    particular

    Triathletes

    I’m sure there must be plenty of Christian Triathlete’s out there? Indeed some have visited the Sports Ministry stands at CRE and other Conferences to ask if there’s a Christian Triathlete’s group. If you are one of them why don’t you consider setting up a network to encourage each other? You could compare stories, meet up at events and maybe discuss how you could share with your other triathlete friends the Good News of Jesus? Do Jesus and triathlons excite you, then maybe this is the calling you have been waiting for?

    I am happy to put you in contact with others who contact me if this is of interest.

    Put “Christian Triathletes” in the subject line and please email me at mark@mccfc.org.uk and we can set the ball rolling. Let’s use the Brownlee Brother’s Olympic success and the increased interest in triathlons, let’s grow triathlon sports ministry in the UK bigger than ever before, exciting times…. Mark Blythe, UK Sports Ministry Website Administrator

    Verite Sport

    Verite Sport www.veritesport.org

    Verite Sport exists to encourage a Christian presence in sport. It was founded in 2006 by Stuart Weir who remains the only employee. Stuart was a director of Christians in Sport (1990-2006) and has served in the leadership of the International Sports Coalition and the European Christian Sports Union. The work of Verite sport has three main aspects:
    Supporting professionals as they seek to represent Christ in the world of professional sport.
    Adding 10% to international sports ministry projects. There are currently projects in Argentina, Togo, Congo, Ukraine and Pakistan.
    Producing resources on sport and Christianity.
    Stuart is a prolific writer, having written 10 books on aspects of sport and faith, which have been translated into several languages. He also writes a weekly sports email and contributes sport and faith articles to The-Times-on-line. Much of this is downloadable from the Verite Sport website.

    Walking Football

    Walking Football is possibly the fastest growing form of football in the UK at the moment and probably the slowest too! As the title suggests it is exactly the same as normal footy except it’s a free kick if players run.

    This is ideal for folks who dont have the fitness for running or want overly competitive football and yet they love the game. Guys join for the same reason as everyone else – fun, friendship, banter and exercise.

    It’s hard not to run in the early stages, especially when a pass is just out of reach and rolls into touch! Quotes “It is amazing, a far greater workout than I expected but great fun”, “I hadn’t kicked a ball for 30 years and I love it”, “I’m 70 and loving every minute”!

    For individuals: contact your local County FA to see where Walking Football Sessions are in your area. There are more starting all the time and if County FAs receive enquiries they are more likely to start them up.

    For Church groups: Consider setting a group up yourself. For support contact Ambassadors Football who have years of experience helping Churches use football to reach their communities.

    www.ambassadorsfootball.org

    Tel: 01204 363606

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    World Sport Ministries

    World Sport Ministries. We are a Christian sports organisation that is called to serve, partner and reach. We desire to serve communities, partner with churches and other agencies and reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through sport. Our HQ is based in Bath, England and since January 1999, we have developed teams of people to use sports outreach projects, programmes and events. To date we have helped train leaders and / or establish sports ministry teams in Bath, Bristol, Newham, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Pakistan, Barbados and Germany.

    Mission - To reach the world for Jesus Christ through Sport.

    Vision – To start and support Sports Ministry Teams that reach communities throughout the world.

    www.worldsportministries.com

    Tel: 01225 851630

    Email: info@worldsportministries.com

    YFC

    Youth For Christ. Yfc is passionate about using sport to reach young people with the good news of Jesus. YFC runs mission teams in football, basketball and street football – Kick, Fly and Nomad. If you want to check out details on these teams and how they can help in your local area then please go to our website at www.yfc.co.uk/teams. YFC is very excited about its Cage football and street football pitch, both of which are available to be delivered with your own church or school. Barry Mason is responsible for all the sports ministry in YFC and would love to hear from you with any questions or comments on 07734022443 or barry.mason@yfc.co.uk