Sports Chaplaincy UK

SCORE RELAUNCHES AS “SPORTS CHAPLAINCY UK” IN OLYMPIC YEAR

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With the Olympic year 2012 now upon us SCORE, the Christian sports chaplaincy charity, have announced some significant changes within the organisation. From January 1st SCORE has changed its name to SPORTS CHAPLAINCY UK, and have on the 18th Jan. appointed Richard Gamble as their Chief Executive Officer.

SCORE began back in 1990 under the leadership of John Boyers when he sensed God’s call to develop chaplaincy in sport.  Since then, the network has grown significantly with over 200 sports chaplains across the UK.  “With that growth domestically and an expanding influence internationally, we felt the need to rebrand with a name that really states who we are and what we do,” said Matt Baker, Pastoral Support Director in English Football.

The Sports Chaplaincy UK trustees unanimously agreed that Richard Gamble be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the charity.  Richard, Matt & Graham Locking, (Director of Chaplaincy to Horse Racing) presented an exciting “Plan for the future” which will modernise and professionalise the charity as it looks towards the next 20+ years of sports chaplaincy.  “We are convinced with the increasing demands and challenges in professional sport, we need to ensure that the chaplaincy provided by Sports Chaplaincy UK is consistent and excellent”, said Richard Gamble.  Richard is a successful entrepreneur and a club chaplain at Leicester City FC.

The staff and trustees wish to thank and honour John Boyers, the founder of the charity, for all he has done over the last 22 years.  John will play a significant role in the next few months as he puts his considerable experience to use in heading up chaplaincy to the Athletes Village at the London Olympics & Paralympics.  However, he also acknowledges that now is the time for change,

“I sensed last year that it was time for others to pick up the baton.  Now is a time for new momentum and I believe that 2012 will be a springboard for new impetus for Sports Chaplaincy UK with Richard’s appointment.  I support Richard and the other members of staff wholeheartedly, and ask you – individuals, churches, fellowships and other sporting organisations – to stand with them so that this significant ministry can become the movement God intends it to be for the next several years”.

Please do pray for us and for all the sports chaplains involved in this work as we move into a very exciting stage in the life of sports chaplaincy in the UK and Ireland.