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We get sport from the inside.

Our resources are specially designed for Christians active in competitive sport. Find what you need here, put it into practice, and watch God at work.

The Podcast

A fortnightly podcast helping sportspeople connect their sport and their faith.

Essentials

Key resources, answering the big questions for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport.

Sports Mission Pack

Free resources, helping you put on events to reach sportspeople near you.

Iron sharpens iron

Gospel community in the cutthrouat world of professional football coaching

This match does not define you

It’s the biggest match of your lives. It’s the match you’ve been building up to for years. But it’s a match that doesn't define you.

Ben Stokes, LIV golf and five subs in football…an unlikely commonality

What have Ben Stokes' retirement, LIV golf and the introduction of five subs in football got in common? It's all about work... and rest.

He performed - so you don't have to

Your value, your worth does not lie in what you have done, or what you will do, on and off the sports field. You are loved with the love seen by Jesus dying for you on the cross. Your achievements don’t define who you are. This Easter, remember He performed, so you don’t have to.

The trainee vicar who rowed in The Boat Race

Every September forty trialists line up at Oxford University Boat Club for their shot at ticking off one of rowing’s hottest bucket list items – victory at The Boat Race. This year one of those hopefuls was Chris Rimmer, a Vicar in training at Wycliffe Hall.

Inclusion, fairness and transgender athletes in women’s sport

The inclusion of transgender athletes in women's sport is a prominent debate. The sporting world is re-evaluating the balance of fairness and inclusion in competitive sport. As Christians in the world of sport it's important to understand how the Bible helps inform how we engage in this conversation.

Why are sportspeople so superstitious?

Whether it’s putting kit on in a certain order, always getting changed in the same place or having to enter the pitch last - sport is full of quirky routines. So why is it that sport is full of superstition? Can we look at the make-up of the world to find out? Does the Bible have any answers for us?

What Is It Like To Be A Christian At The Winter Olympics?

Two time Olympian Adam Pengilly shares his Winter Olympic story

Should Christian sportspeople boycott events in controversial places?

What is the Christian competitor to do when they are being sent to countries accused of human rights abuses?

Who Are You?

What does it mean to have your identity in Christ? How does this change the way we play sport?

Dear Olympian...

Tokyo 2020

A letter to all Olympians as they prepare to experience the rollercoaster of the Olympic Games.

Supporting Olympic athletes in Covid times

Tokyo 2020

What does it look like to support elite sportspeople at the Olympics when access is restricted?

A letter to the mourning

Tokyo 2020

Olympic squads are being finalised. What can you say to someone who has worked 4 years to not get the call up?

Agony and ecstasy at the Olympic trials

Tokyo 2020

This weekend saw the thrill of the British Olympic trials. The ecstasy and the agony of sport was palpable as athletes saw years of training for one plane ticket decided by centimetres and seconds. What help can God bring at times like this?

"All things" - Why Philippians 4:13 doesn't mean what you think it does

Is the Bible the place to find motivation for sporting pursuit and thus sporting greatness? Am I really able to do “ALL THINGS” with the strength of God as my enabler?

It's not always easy to be a woman in sport

It’s not always easy to be a woman in sport. But do you know what? It’s worth it.

Behind closed doors: the unseen pressures on elite sportspeople

The current pressures on elite sportspeople are growing. How can we support them at this time?

Good news in a sporting year full of bad news

Covid 19

In a year full of sporting difficulties, how can a Christian say they have joy this Christmas?

Preparation is everything

Christmas

Preparation and waiting. The majority of sport is spent in these two states. This time of advent for the Christian sportsperson is no different. So what does it look like to prepare well this Christmas time?

Coronavirus and the sportsperson

Stay

For athletes for whom sport is their livelihood, how are they to cope in the midst of all the coronavirus confusion and the inability to predict what tomorrow might bring?

Retirement, identity and mental health in elite sport

A recent article in the Daily Mail outlined the large number of British athletes struggling with mental health problems following their retirement. Speaking with UCB Radio on this topic, here is a summary of our conversation.

Five resolutions for a Christian sportsperson

As a New Year rolls around again, we go back to the 18th century for some inspiration.

This rugby match must not define you

It’s the biggest match of your lives - the Rugby World Cup Final. It’s the match you’ve been building up to for years, if not decades. But it’s a match that must not define you.

The identity battle in a performance dominated world

For a sportsperson, their identity, their sense of worth can be completely wrapped up in their performance. What does it then mean to have sport in its right place, to help our identity be solid and secure in Christ and not based on performance?

She's born to play

With the Women's World Cup, the Netball World Cup and loads more women's sporting events on this summer, there's a huge buzz around women's sport. In all this excitement, is this a bandwagon Christians should be jumping on? Well, it could be argued that the Bible gives us the best foundation for celebrating and encouraging women in sport.

The Cricket World Cup: Pressure to Perform

It’s been a rollercoaster to reach the final of the World Cup for England, with pressure from all sides. Pressure isn’t unique to Morgan’s squad - it’s universal across competitive sport, so how are Christians to respond in these clutch moments?

How sport and faith fit together

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Because of what Jesus has done, we can understand our sport differently.

The Sunday sport conundrum

How can I balance church and sport?

For players, parents and pastors, the issue of whether you should play sport on a Sunday is a difficult one.

"Oi ref!"

How should I treat officials and referees?

We are on the pitch as a player and yet again the decision goes against our team. We start to get caught up in the general chorus of complaint. What do we do as Christians?

Responding to disappointment in a godly way

How can I deal with disappointment well?

Disappointment and sport so often go hand in hand. Poor performances, defeats, injuries, getting dropped, a failure to improve - every sportsperson has experienced one or all of these multiple times. But how are you to respond to such disappointment?

Being fiercely competitive and fiercely humble

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

The player who celebrates too early, or the team that holds a celebratory promotional shoot before then losing the final are subject to derision. All of us are quick to revel in the misplaced pride so often seen in sport.

Living at peace in the midst of battle

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

All match he’d been nipping at your heels, deliberately stepping on your feet, pushing you, elbowing you. The referee doesn’t seem too bothered. But these constant niggling fouls have been getting to you. And this incident is the final straw.

What does the Bible say about sports psychology?

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Psychology is a big deal in modern sport. From Steve Peters' now famous 'chimp paradox' to the in-house sports psychologists employed by many professional clubs. Now it is almost as common to have a therapist as it is a personal trainer. What are we to make of this from a Christian point of view?

What does the Bible say about ambition?

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How can I make the most of my sporting talent as a Christian? Can I strive to get to the top, while still following Jesus? `

What does the Bible say about coping with pressure?

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

Why does pressure have such an effect on us, how can we cope with it and does the Bible give us any pointers?

What does the Bible say about injury?

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There are few harder things to deal with in sport than injury. So how can we approach this perennial enemy as Christians in sport? What does the Bible say about injury?

What does the Bible say about fairness?

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Sport has a love-hate relationship with justice and fairness. On one hand it cannot function without it, but so much debate circles around the many unfair decisions and outcomes. So what does the Bible say about fairness?

What does the Bible say about winning?

What does the Bible say about losing?

The legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi once said “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”. This might be overstated but have you ever had the nagging feeling that wanting to win is inherently ‘un-Christian’.

What does the Bible say about losing?

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Should Christians be those who recite the old amateur mantra ‘It is not about the winning, but the taking part’? Does ‘turning the other cheek’ mean that we shouldn’t even want to win in the first place?

What does the Bible say about doping?

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Turn to the back pages at the moment and it is difficult to get away from doping scandals. How as Christians should we think about these issues?

What does the Bible say about sport?

What does the Bible say about...

The Bible says lots of things...but what, if anything, does it say about sport?