Church Leaders endorse
Sports Chaplaincy UK
in 25th year
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is among a number of senior Christian leaders who have added their support to the work of national sporting charity, Sports Chaplaincy UK at a special Reception in the Palace of Westminster.
Throughout 2017, Sports Chaplaincy UK has been celebrating its 25th anniversary year, which now sees nearly 450 chaplains in a range of sports clubs, from elite to disabilities as well as a new campaign to begin promoting Gym Chaplains.
A delegate of Christians leaders, chaplains and partners were in the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 7th September for a Reception hosted by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Labour Faith Evnoy and Vice Chair of Christians in Parliament. During the Reception, Warren Evans, Chief Executive of Sports Chaplaincy UK reminded delegates of the 'opportunity' that Christians across all the churches have to engage the community called 'sport'..
There were presentations on the value of having sports chaplains in elite football clubs from Paul Elliott CBE MBE and Linvoy Primus, one of Sports Chaplaincy UK's Trustees. Churches leaders in attendance included Mgr Vlad Fletzmann from the John Paul II Sports Foundation UK and CEOs of other national Sports Ministries.
Baptist minister Revd Dave Chawner, Chair of Trustees of Sports Chaplaincy UK says: "For 25 years Sports Chaplaincy UK has been recruiting, training, placing and supporting chaplains in sports clubs across the UK. There are now over 400 such chaplains offering pastoral and spiritual support to everyone in their club irrespective of faith background. As an organisation we work from an unashamedly Christian perspective and have the backing of many of the governing bodies within UK sport including the Premier League, English Football League, Scottish FA, Racing Welfare, Disability Sport Wales, and the Rugby Football League. The purpose of this reception is to share with you the vision and work of Sports Chaplaincy UK and the variety of opportunities that presents for the church, both national and local, to engage with the thousands of men, women and young people who make up the community called “sport”."
One of those other senior Church Leaders endorsing the work of Sports Chaplaincy UK, Dr Hugh Osgood, one of six Presidents for Churches Together in England said: "As more and more sports associations look to Sports Chaplaincy UK, and rely on its credibility, the Church needs to rise to the challenge to serve. Right now the opportunity exists to place chaplains in many more sports clubs. This is such an exciting prospect that I am calling on the Church to think about increasing its engagement with the sporting world. If God is calling you even to explore the possibility of service, I am urging you to be in touch with Sports Chaplaincy UK. I will continue to pray for the work of Sports Chaplaincy UK in the years ahead and assure them of my ongoing support."?
Sports Chaplaincy has applied to be a Body in Association of CTE.