Category Archives: Training/Gap Years

‘Clubhouse’ Events for all

Are you a Christian involved in sport?
Do you play, coach or officiate?
Are you keen to reach your community through sport?
Clubhouse is an evening for you and others from across your city who are passionate about reaching the world of sport for Christ.


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Ambassadors Football (nee in Sport)

Ambassadors in Sport:

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

Christians in Sport Academy


Christians in Sport has been reaching the world of sport for Christ for over thirty years. We work with sportspeople across the age range, covering over 80 different sports from those playing in the school team through to those competing professionally. Our day to day work has two major aspects to it. Firstly, we train and encourage thousands of players and coaches to represent Christ in their sports clubs and teams by the way they play their sport on the field and live their life off it. Secondly, we support these Christian sportspeople as they pray for and share the Good News of Jesus with their team mates. We do this, in partnership with the local church, by providing evangelism training as well as opportunities for sportspeople who are not Christians to hear the Christian message explained.

Christians in Sport run an Academy similar to a gap year opportunity, make contact asap to obtain info.

Football Ministry Internship

Ambassadors in Sport Internships are one aspect of the training programme of AIS. Our desire is to position young people who love Jesus and love football in an environment where they can learn about and participate in football mission in the local community through the local church. AIS internships offer participants a great opportunity for cross-culture ministry and experience as each office delivers a similar curriculum but with a wide variety of practical experience.

By joining Ambassadors in Sport through the internship, there are many mission opportunities such as

  • football camps and clinics,
  • prison ministry
  • schools ministry
  • player ministry (as part of men’s/women’s football team)
  • international playing and coaching tours.
  • Christian Festivals.

Training: The AIS internship involves both practical training and classroom training. The practical training involves working with our experienced staff in the various sports mission projects through churches. Some of this experience might include

  • Ministry in schools and youth clubs
  • Leading after-school football and games clubs
  • Running tournaments and leagues in MUGA facilities
  • Working on the AIS Hope Academies with the homeless and needy.

Classroom training takes place every Friday and involves such topics as

  • AIS Vision, Mission and Values
  • Personal and Spiritual development
  • Models of Sports Ministry
  • Biblical Studies
    • What does the Bible say about sport
    • Sport and Ethics
    • Sport and Evangelism
    • Understanding Mission
  • Coaching Principles

In addition, all interns will gain the FA Level 1 Certificate in coaching Football.

For more information on the AIS Internship please contact:
John Squires – AIS Director of Training

Tel:                        07790 486 480 (ext. 203)


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Ambassadors in Sport was established in Bolton, England in 1990 and now has offices throughout Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe.  The vision of AIS is ‘transformation through football outreach’ – transforming individual  lives, communities and football culture itself with a Good News message.  Our mission is to envision, train and mobilise the Church in serving the local community through a variety of strategic programmes (Football Academies, Teams and Tournaments, Schools work, Tours and more). Using a curriculum of ‘Football, Faith, Future’ the opportunity to engage footballers of all levels in a non-threatening environment is immense.

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:

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



Fax: +44 (0) 1242 715222

Mobile: 07920 210333


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, call 0844 8000 222 or visit our website


Sports Chaplaincy Courses

RE: Sports Chaplaincy at the University of Gloucestershire

You may be aware that in recent years the University of Gloucestershire has introduced a suite of ‘distance learning’ postgraduate modules and courses in sports chaplaincy comprising the following pathways: Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Chaplaincy, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Chaplaincy, and MA in Sports Chaplaincy.

The fourth cohort of students are now entering their final months of study and the University is beginning to recruit for the 2015-2016 academic year. For those who may be interested in applying for any of the above course pathways (to begin September/October 2015) please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 31st August 2015.

To apply, please go to the course web site (see link below) and click on the tab in the right hand margin headed ‘Apply Now’:

There are a number of tuition-fee bursaries available for the 2015-2016 academic year and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you experience any difficulties with the applications process and/or would like to chat further about the various courses that we have on offer, then please feel free to contact me directly either by e-mail ( or by telephone (07920 210333).

Professor Andrew Parker, Faculty of Applied Sciences

University of Gloucestershire

Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Gloucester GL2 9HW

Tel: +44 (0) 1242 715387


YFC Gap year

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 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.

If you are interested in joining one of our teams on a Gap Year then please check out and read through the details.

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 PICTURE AVAILABLE