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A fortnightly podcast helping sportspeople connect their sport and their faith.
Key resources, answering the big questions for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport.
Free resources, helping you put on events to reach sportspeople near you.
40 days after Easter Christians remember and celebrate Jesus ascending into heaven. But what on earth does this have to do with sport? Why is the ascension good news for sportspeople?
As sportspeople, our relationship with sport and exercise shapes how we live. Training, competing and socialising with sports friends might well take up the bulk of your time, but have you ever stopped to think about your relationship with exercise itself?
‘To perform at a high level in my sport I can’t regularly attend church.’ Is this you? Or someone you know? Sunday sport, midweek training and other commitments often pose problems for sportspeople seeking to follow Christ so here’s three reasons why church is so precious for sportspeople.
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.
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.
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.
I was so well prepped during my pregnancy that I could take labour in my stride. I mean, of course it was one of the hardest things I could ever do, but my fitness, strength and mental resilience got me through... That is the story I want to be able to tell you. I guess that’s what I imagined my story would be. Maybe it’s yours. But it’s not mine. That’s not my story.
"My main reflection was that it’s so exciting to follow Jesus, it’s thrilling when we take seriously the truth that we are completely secure in him and so we’re free to take risks."
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 does it mean to be a Christian in Sport during a lockdown that takes sport away? University of Exeter trampolinist, Natalya, shares her story.
Free resources, helping you put on events to reach sportspeople near you.
Two time Olympian Adam Pengilly shares his Winter Olympic story
What is the Christian competitor to do when they are being sent to countries accused of human rights abuses?
What does it mean to have your identity in Christ? How does this change the way we play sport?
Will you go into the world of sport and shine as God's light in this world?
This Christmas lets celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world, and lets share this good news of great joy in the world of sport!
Racism in cricket has caused sports headlines to jump from the back pages to the front in recent weeks, as the state of the game comes under intense, and necessary scrutiny. How can we respond rightly?
As Cyrille Regis stepped onto the turf at Wembley on the 23rd of February 1982 he was blazing a trail that transcended football. He became only the third black player to wear the three lions on his chest during a time when racism in football was rife and unchallenged. His bravery in the face of horrendous opposition and his flare on the pitch inspired a generation of black players.
At 19 years of age Jake threw in the towel. He gave up competing as a fighter, but this wasn’t the only life change that occurred during his late teens. Follow his story of discovering his gift as a young martial artist, becoming North American and European Champion in Muay Thai, and the compatibility of combat sports with faith in Christ.
All the talks from Sports Plus 2021.
Suzanne Ferreira was won over 70 medals through the athletes she coaches at the Paralympic Games, World Championships and more. In this podcast she speaks to us about her coaching philosophy and how her faith impacts how she trains elite athletes.
Danno sits down with goalball player Anna Tipton (nee Sharkey) about elite sport, the Paralympics and how her faith shapes how she views her sport and disability.
Anna Tipton (nee Sharkey) helps us understand what it's like to be a Christian in the Paralympic sport of goalball
Off to uni this year? We've got some useful resources to help you get started in your sports club
It's a problem we all face if we're involved in sport - the inevitable failures and injury that come with the competition. How can we deal with them as Christians? What comfort does God offer in these times of extreme disappointment?
The CEO of Skateboard GB, James Hope-Gill joins us today, on the day Sky Brown won bronze at Tokyo 2020 to become the youngest ever British medallist.
Five-time Olympic chaplain Dr Ashley Null joins the podcast to unpack his experience of pastoring athletes.
A letter to all Olympians as they prepare to experience the rollercoaster of the Olympic Games.
Our new podcast series for Tokyo 2020 sees Christian Taylor, two-time Olympic and four-time World Champion join us to speak about the Athletics Association, a newly formed body looking out for the interests of track and field athletes.
What does it look like to support elite sportspeople at the Olympics when access is restricted?
England U21s coach Michael Johnson joins us to speak a few days after Euro 2020 about diversity, leadership and how his faith impacts his coaching and roles in senior leadership within football.
It’s the biggest match of your lives. It’s the match you’ve been building up to for years, the nation since 1966. But it’s a match that doesn't define you.
Olympic squads are being finalised. What can you say to someone who has worked 4 years to not get the call up?
Blogs and podcasts for those involved in the Olympics and Paralympics or those looking for insight into the world of top level sport.
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?
We sat down with Gavin Peacock, former professional footballer and pundit and now a pastor to discuss his story found in his recently released his autobiography.
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?
The Rev. Andrew Wingfield Digby is with us today in a special podcast hosted by Hit for Six.
This summer is packed full of amazing sporting action. What does it look like for the church to make the most of it?
This month, join Lisa as she digs into the Bible to answer the question: Can God really help me with my anxieties and fears in sport?
Donnie Campbell is a mountain and ultra runner who has taken on some of the world's hardest challenges. He sat down with Lancs to chat about his sport and more about what it means for him to be a Christian in his world of sport.
How on earth does a Christian navigate the hot topic of referees and officials? What does this look like at the top end of sport when everything is on the line?
This Mental Health Awareness Week we sit down with Director of Player Welfare at the PFA, Michael Bennett.
Ali Nicholas and Debbie Bruwer get pressure. Listen in as they tell us how they coped with nerves and pressure at the top of their sports.
Amateur sport in the UK is back after 12 months of stop-start seasons. In this podcast series opener we chat with Ian Lancaster about what we've missed and why and catch up with a couple of sports players about what it's like being back now.
This month, join Rosie as she digs into the Bible to answer the question: What does God think about the way that I look?
It's been a year like no other. Watch as we reflect on a year of lockdowns and online quizzes.
This month, join Phil as he digs into the Bible to answer the question: Why does sport bring so much disappointment?
It’s not always easy to be a woman in sport. But do you know what? It’s worth it.
Last year Lancs took his first steps to discovering the virtual pulls and mysterious pushes of Strava. Nearly 12 months on, what’s the verdict? Strava - friend or foe?
Join Lancs as he digs into the Bible to answer the question: Does God really care about my sport?
In Sports Plus: Big Questions, we aim to answer, using God's Word, some of the questions you might have about your sport and your faith.
For long years I could not conceive of conceiving because of what it would mean for my body and my sport. But, my body, don’t you see that something wonderful is happening to you?
The current pressures on elite sportspeople are growing. How can we support them at this time?
Whilst all competitive sport outside some elite contexts has been put on hold again, the new government restrictions allow us to exercise with one other person. How can you make the most of this opportunity?
Talk series from this year's online student conference.
The final session from our New Year Training in Matthew 5:14-16.
The second night of New Year Training looking at Matthew 5:1-14.
Danno kicks off our student New Year Training conference in Matthew 4 and 5.
Thanking God for 25 years of Sports Plus Camps.
The story of 40 years of work in the world of sport.
In a year full of sporting difficulties, how can a Christian say they have joy this Christmas?
Talks from the Big Online Sports Quiz
Watch Danno speak from Luke 2 and an interview with top level hockey player Wiz Chambers about her sport and faith.
The Good Sporting Life will help anyone looking to live out their faith in a sporting context whether that be sports players, parents, coaches, pastors or elite athletes.
At Christmas we celebrate the starting line, a line in time, it's where the divine became human, where God made himself visible and invites us back to him.
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?
Hampo speaks at November's Big Sports Quiz from Mark 10:45
Episode 2 looks at racism in sport. Including the powerful story of Troy Townsend, Head of Development at Kick it Out - a man courageously committed to fighting racism.
Allen speaks at the Big Sports Quiz from Psalm 103.
More Than Sport delves into the big issues of life, sport and faith. Episode 1 looks at Mental Health.
What should I do? How much is enough? Should I get involved or not?
Ever wondered what our work with elite athletes consists of? Men’s golf worker Kenny Crawford helps us step into the world of staff supporting and serving those in elite sport with the gospel.
Greg speaks on John 3:36 at the Big Online Sports Quiz in September.
Starting university is a really significant time in life and full of so many changes. It can be daunting, unpredictable and challenging, potentially even more so now.
Joe and Rhi join us to tell us all about their experiences of starting university as a Christian who loves sport.
We give thanks for the life of former Aston Villa player and Christian in sport, Mike Tindall.
As recreational cricket returns, Rob reflects on why he loves to play cricket and be part of a team, as the only Christian in his club.
We sat down with Stephen Liggins, author of a new book 'The Good Sporting Life' about why he wrote the book and some of the major themes he pulls out.
Graduating from university and heading into the world of work can prove one of the biggest challenges life throws up, even more so now.
Danno is interviewed by Pete Nicholas about elite sport, identity and mental health. This includes a Q+A.
Danno sits down with Bruce Dyer and Bobby Hassell as we speak about racism in professional football and the proactive steps Barnsley Football Club have taken to address the issue.
Danno looks at a few verses from the Bible to see what it has to say in chaotic times.
Lancs speaks at the Big Online Sports Quiz from the book of Matthew.
As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to an end Danno reflects on Sky Sports on two great Christian men in the world of football, Cyrille Regis and Lord Brian Mawhinney, former chairman of the EFL.
Matt Dickinson writes in The Times about professional football, faith and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic
How is the gospel good news for those in sport suffering with mental health concerns?
Lancs speaks at the Big Online Sports Quiz from John 20 about Thomas and an unbelievable moment he had with Jesus. How will you respond to Jesus?
Danno speaks to Sky Sports News about sport, mental health and the Christian faith
With the uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought us sports people it’s inevitable that we’ve asked questions of our life, our faith and of our God.
Danno speaks from 1 Peter 3:18 at the second Big Online Sports Quiz.
Find out more about Jesus with this video and short blog
Resources to help you speak of Jesus
Resources to help you stay in the lives of your sports mates
Resources to help you pray for the world of sport
Join us as we hear from three sportspeople about how they're doing in isolation as Christians in the world of sport.
Blogs, podcasts and videos unpacking the issues for sportspeople living during the pandemic.
An update from our directors on how our work continues to reach the world of sport for Jesus
Sally and her husband Peter have four children, all of whom have competed and trained within elite sporting pathways. What are some of her top tips for those supporting a sporty family?
We chat with Dave and Owen about some ideas for continuing to reach the world of sport for Christ at this time
Our latest podcast looks at the relationships involved in being a parent of a sporty child - coaches, other parents and the rest of the family - and what it looks like to speak of Jesus on the sidelines.
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?
In the lead up to International Women’s Day, be encouraged by some key lessons from the career of Christian and international coach and sportswoman Jane Powell.
Former rugby professional Peter Browne and badminton player Lisa Elliott join us to discuss pride as a sportsperson.
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.
The history of Christians in Sport is the story of what happens when you make yourself available to God.
Craig, a hockey player from Cambridge, has gone to Club La Santa eight times in the last decade. He chatted to Christians in Sport to tell us about these amazing Lanzarote sports trips and the opportunity they provide.
What does a leader do on Sports Plus? Learn more about the key work of these volunteers at our summer sports camps.
What’s it like on the inside the elite environment of top level sport? How would it be to seek to play for Jesus in the world of pro rugby?
Mike Harris chats with Libby, a university footballer, about why she's made made a habit of making food and inviting her teammates to come and hear about Jesus.
Dialogue Dinners are simply evenings where you get your sports mates round for some food and chat about Jesus. This series has blogs, guides and podcasts to help you think through the why and how of doing one yourself.
Last night the news hit of the death of US Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in California. The Christian faith is realistic and it makes sense of the world we live in. And at the heart of the Christian faith is an understanding of life’s frailty.
Can I be competitive and a Christian? Is competition wrong? What about wanting to win? Do you lose your competitive edge as a Christian? We’ve been asked all these questions and more so Graham Daniels is in to help us get under the skin of some of them.
Dave and Mike speak about the amazing story of what God did in one rugby club through a series of Bible studies which went viral in the team.
Mike Harris speaks at Clubhouse Xtra 2020 on the doctrine of heaven and how a right understanding of it will encourage us in our mission to reach sportspeople.
Mike Harris speaks at Clubhouse Xtra 2020 on the doctrine of hell and how a right understanding of it will encourage us in our mission to reach sportspeople.
Talks and videos from Clubhouse Xtra 2020 looking at the G.O.A.T in Colossians.
Greg Morgan speaks on Colossians 3 at our student conference, Clubhouse Xtra 2020. This is the final talk in a series called The G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time).
Owen Brown speaks on Colossians 2 at our student conference, Clubhouse Xtra 2020. This is the third talk in a series called The G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time).
Greg Morgan speaks on Colossians 1 at our student conference, Clubhouse Xtra 2020. This is the second talk in a series called The G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time).
Duncan Leese speaks on Colossians 4 at our student conference, Clubhouse Xtra 2020. This is the first talk in a series called The G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time).
As a New Year rolls around again, we go back to the 18th century for some inspiration.
Former cricketer involved with Christians in Sport awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to cricket.
A Christmas Message as Graham Daniels speaks at St Andrew the Great carols on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
If you want an expert in dealing with the ups and downs of having children on elite performance pathways, here's your woman. Graham Daniels sits down with mother of four Sally.
We have our first #askCIS podcast. You asked “Why don’t Christians in Sport put famous sportspeople in the public eye?” and here’s your answer. Jonny Reid interviews Graham Daniels, the General Director of Christians in Sport about the principles behind our decision and how that plays out in practice.
Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at why Christians in Sport exists - to reach the world of sport for Jesus, and what encouragement Jesus gives as we go and do it!
Christians in Sport President Lord Mawhinney has died at the age of 79
Three university graduates write to their former fresher selves about making the most of university.
Owen Brown reflects on exciting opportunities for growing student sports ministry on the Continent.
We sit down with Gaynor this week, a parent of top-level teenagers to chat about the wrestle she's had with her family on the issue of sport and church.
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.
We sit down with Rev. Pete Nicholas to discuss the question of Sunday sport and church in our latest podcast.
Danno speaks at Jesmond Parish Church in their series on Identity.
Danno speaks at Jesmond Parish Church in their series on Identity.
Kipchoge's amazing sub two-hour marathon was an amazing feat and one which cannot help but let our minds wander to Hebrews 12 and the call to "run the race."
Danno interviews former professional rugby union player Peter Browne about his career and his faith.
Danno speaks at North Coast Calvary on Matthew 10 and the Mission of Jesus.
Danno speaks at North Coast Calvary on Matthew 9 and the Mission of Jesus.
The Rugby World Cup provides a great platform to share the gospel with local sportspeople. Why not make the most of it and put on an event to reach your sports mates?
This week we talk about socials. Sport is massively social as we hang out with people and get to know them on and off the pitch. We chat with three university students about living as a Christian on a night out.
Distance runner Gill Bland reflects on her experience of individual sport and faith, and how she has grown in courage evangelising to fellow runners.
Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at a very simple question - What does the bible actually have to say about sport?
In Colossians 1 we see Jesus as the supreme one we are called to worship. Produced for Sports Plus 2019
Rugby coach Lois Newcombe shares why she loves to coach and the amazing opportunities it brings to share the gospel
In Mark 8 Jesus asks his disciples "Who do you say that I am?" It's the most important question anyone can answer, in a world full of thousands of questions.
Everything you need to put on an event around the Rugby World Cup
Want to know what happened this year across all 7 Sports Plus camps? Check this little review out!
All the talks from Sports Plus 2019
Rosie Woodbridge speaks on Colossians 4:6 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Laura Murdoch speaks on Colossians 4:2-4 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Ian Lancaster speaks on Colossians 1:19-23 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Duncan Leese speaks on Mark 16:1-8 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Jen Harris speaks on Mark 15:33-39 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Two leaders share their stories of coming to faith and now living as a Christian sports player at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Graham Daniels speaks on Mark 8:34-38 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Charlie Tidd speaks on Mark 4:35-41 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Mike Harris speaks on Mark 2:1-12 at Repton Sports Plus 2019.
Phil Small speaks on Mark 1:9-11 and 14-20 at Dublin Sports Plus 2019.
Allen McCluggage speaks on Mark 1:1 and Mark 8:27-30 at Dublin Sports Plus 2019.
How can we, as Christians in sport, make the most of the new opportunity joining a club provides? Jesus’ great commission in Matthew 28 to make disciples remains the same, but the place we are doing that, our club, has changed.
A meal with your sports mates and a chance to share the gospel with them; what's not to love! Dialogue dinners are the guest event taking the student world by storm.
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?
The highs of the conquered climb, the sting of 21 days in the saddle, the buzz of the crowds. What an epic sporting contest the Tour de France is! But what can it tell us about the Christian life?
In the build up to The Open, the handful of Christian members at Royal Portrush Golf Club jumped at the opportunity for an evangelistic event and so committed to hosting a sports quiz.
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.
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?
Whatever your sport, wherever your club. Let’s run the race together and make disciples for Christ in the world of sport.
Danno sits down with former West Ham footballer Paul Brush to chat about his career and faith in the midst of adversity
Chris Brown is going for a Guinness World Record as he raises money for Christians in Sport.
On Sunday evening Tiger Woods won the Masters for the fifth time and his 15th major. Even as remarkable as that statement is it doesn’t come close to capturing the full significance of what happened and is possibly the greatest comeback in sporting history.
When sportspeople ask questions, we want to try and do more than just simply answer them and move on. Often there is something behind their initial question, motivating it, often hiding a deeper heart issue.
If you follow rugby at all then it couldn’t have escaped your attention that there’s been a furore around Israel Folau’s provocative Instagram post and then Billy Vunipola’s subsequent ‘like’ of the post and expression of support for it.
Because of what Jesus has done, we can understand our sport differently.
Being committed to prayer is something many of us find challenging. At the same time, we know that prayer is important. So why do we often struggle to pray consistently?
We must tell our team mates and friends the truth about eternity.
The Bible is clear what our role is when it comes to pointing sportspeople to Jesus, regardless of whether we know it (or not), we’re good at it (or not) or like it (or not). Once we get it, there’s no place to hide.
If you are a Christian, you’ll know that nothing is more important than our sports friends hearing the amazing news of the gospel and responding to it - eternity is at stake. But how can you go about doing this?
How do I be different amidst the culture of drinking, of sex, in the chat of the changing room? How do I get involved with the sports club and yet be distinctive? How can I be fully committed and yet remain faithful to Christ?
We may think it's obvious for team mates to work out that we're Christians just by observing our behaviour. But how can they know unless we or someone else tells them that we follow Jesus and why we do so?
You’ve been praying for months, you’ve talked about everything in life other than this, but as you walk along to training you just can’t find the right way to start a conversation about Jesus.
At the end of a long season, it's only natural to want to rest our legs and enjoy a bit of a break - after all, our bodies need to recuperate. However, the temptation is also there to take a break from sharing our faith with our sports friends.
When a sports friend who says that they want to become a Christian, it's like that wonderful moment of a baby's first steps. There is something quite remarkable, breathtaking, and yet serious as we help a sportsperson take the first steps in becoming a Christian.
For players, parents and pastors, the issue of whether you should play sport on a Sunday is a difficult one.
Ever find it hard to explain the Christian faith to your sports friends? Ever find it hard to help them see the brilliance of the gospel message? Ever wish you could get someone better to explain it to them?
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?
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?
The challenge is simple, will you do it? Will you get to work and seek to make Jesus known in your sporting context?
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.
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.
Some types of questions can be asked of us and can make us feel uncomfortable or are hard to answer at times. With God’s help these questions need not, and should not, be avoided.
Sport can be a great place for developing friendships. You spend so much time together on and off the pitch, you experience the highs and the lows of a season together, and have a lot in common. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to foster these relationships.
The world of sport is vast. How are we meant to go and reach the millions of people in it with the Gospel?
When we have seen or experienced something exciting it’s natural to want to share it with others. Why, then, are we sometimes so hesitant to tell others the story of the greatest thing that has ever happened to us?
In order to be good witnesses to our sports friends, we need to invest time in them.
What stops you from praying for your sports friends?
What is it that motivates you to stand out as a Christian competing in the world of sport?
A key question to ask whenever we reflect on a competitive situation is not ‘did I win or lose?’ but ‘did I glorify God in my attitude and actions?’ This is easier said than done, so how can we do it well?
The commandment to ‘go and make disciples’ is daunting. It is important to grasp the difference between our role and God’s role in pointing people to Jesus and to leave Him with the results.
Although some of us may have had bad experiences of hearing the gospel explained in a public setting, in Romans 10 we see that God uses people to proclaim His word and He uses His proclaimed word to save people.
People watch our actions and often determine who or what we are by what they see. What does your behaviour in your sports club say about who you now are in Christ?
If we are to tell people about the gospel, we need to know what the gospel is and how to explain it clearly.
Your story, my story, His story.
A series of studies to work through in your group throughout the year
How does what I read in the Bible fit together with how I play my sport?
We love to share good news. So why do we sometimes find it hard to share the Good News of the gospel?
You love your sport and you love Jesus. You know that your sport can be worship as you use your gifts and talents for Him. But have you ever considered how you might share this news with your sports friends?
How do we actually go about sharing our faith with our sports mates?
Why should we even think about sharing our faith with our sports friends?
Resources to help you explain why Jesus is good news for players and coaches
Key resources, answering the big questions for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport.
Resources to help players and coaches grow in Christ as they compete
How should I view my sporting talents and achievements as a Christian?
How are we to understand a godly attitude towards sports officials?
It’s great when a sports friend wants to become a Christian, especially if this is off the back of reading the Bible with them. However, we want to make sure our sports friends are ready to take this commitment and fully understand what they are committing to.
God’s Word is powerful, and it will do His work in the lives of sportspeople. It is still today our greatest tool for bringing people to Christ in the world of sport.
How do we best approach the off-season as Christians?
We are often caught between Sunday services and sporting events as, more and more, sport in our culture clashes with timings of church. How do we get the balance right?
How do we handle pressure as a Christian?
There will always be disappointment in sport. Someone always loses - and that is not taking into account injury, being dropped, not improving, etc. But how we navigate these as Christians in competitive sport is an important witness to our faith in Christ.
To make disciples of the vast world of sport is a huge challenge that can feel daunting and overwhelming. What’s our motivation for such a task?
Competition is an important part of sport but how are we to view our opponents? Without opponents, our sport wouldn’t exist. But how do we ‘love’ them as our neighbour rather than hate them as our enemy in opposition?
A series of blogs looking at this hot issue in today's culture
The main questions Christian sportspeople have about their sport and their faith.
A short guide to help you put on a meal for your sports mates where you share something of Jesus
An inspirational interview with former professional footballer Steve Spooner
In our culture, our looks and our bodies and our diets seriously matter. How do we live distinctly as Christians in this world?
A selection of short films to show at your event which explain the gospel
Guides about running your own sports tournaments
Lessons, Assemblies and Lunch Club guides and plans
Guides about running a prayer gathering and other events in your church
Guides and posters for running big screen events
All the talks from the book of Ezekiel at Clubhouse Xtra 2019
Greg finishes off our series in Ezekiel at our student conference
Danno speaks at our student conference on Ezekiel 36
Greg continues our series in the book of Ezekiel at our student conference
Greg kicks off our student conference series in the book of Ezekiel
As we look at all that is going on in the world, we can easily ask - "God, where are you?" The book of Ezekiel helps us see that God is not only with us, he is for us and he is unstoppable to achieve his purposes
An interview with former Bradford City legend, Wayne Jacobs
A series of blogs looking at a number of the top issues sportspeople face.
The amazing news of Christmas is that God himself came to earth to deal with our greatest problem. A short film for Christmas.
An open letter to one of our readers
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?
Interviews with former top level footballers about their sport and their faith
An interview with former Premier League footballer Gavin Peacock
As the Christian mother of four children who love the Lord and love sport I have found myself living through a very real dilemma. The structures of Church and the structures of sport seem to be poles apart and pulling in opposite directions creating a gap!
Parents and pastors alike find themselves torn between prioritising children’s spiritual growth and encouraging them in the sport they are evidently passionate about. It is a very real dilemma
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? `
Danno chats to former rower Debbie Bruwer (née Flood), whose 15-year international career included two Olympic silver medals and three World titles. Like all the former athletes we’ve featured in this series, retirement was far from a smooth process for Debbie
Danno chats to former rugby wildman turned youth coach Chris Jones and ex-Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly about retirement. Chris talks about trying to fill a void in his life left behind by rugby, while for Adam, it was easy to think that part of his identity had disappeared
Danno chats to former professional golfer Alison Nicholas about her retirement. Although she achieved great success on the course with 18 tournament wins, Alison found the transition to life after golf far harder than she expected
In this first episode of a new series, Danno chats to former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus. Having played more than 400 professional matches over a 17-year career, Linvoy shares some of the challenges he faced in making the transition to life after football and offers advice to elite athletes approaching retirement today
For elite athletes, this is singularly the greatest issue. When you stop playing, you have no idea who you are, where you fit into society, what your future holds or how to conduct yourself. It’s a tremendous pressure on elite athletes and that’s why we’re looking at it in this podcast series
A film created for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Short and punchy, it quickly unpacks the wonder of both the World Cup and the gospel.
A free booklet looking at the top 10 questions of parents and guardians of young performance athletes
What began as a desire to witness at his cricket club has led to more than 30 years of sports mission for Bryan Hewett.
Why does pressure have such an effect on us, how can we cope with it and does the Bible give us any pointers?
Danno dives into the adrenaline-filled world of skeleton to meet Adam Pengilly. In this gripping podcast, Adam shares the highs and lows of a career that saw him represent Team GB at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010
Celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis
The Ashes is one of sport’s oldest rivalries. As a Christian, how should one respond when healthy sporting rivalry shifts to being characterised by conflict and bad blood?
Danno catches up with double Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion Debbie Flood. As well as her successful career on the water, Debbie’s leadership skills saw her become the first ever female captain of the world famous Leander Club
Danno catches up with former US Open champion and victorious Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas. From the outset, Alison shares how Christian faith has shaped her leadership at the pinnacle of her sport
Born in a manger. Born King of the Jews. Will you make way for the King this Christmas?
You want to be part of the team on and off the field, but you know the alcohol might be flowing and getting drunk will be the name of the game. If you’re a follower of Jesus, how should you react?
Danno catches up again with former rugby wildman turned youth coach Chris Jones. The podcast sees Chris share how he learned to coach in the hard but fair style that has brought his Rhondda Valley teams great success
This podcast series, interviewing top level coaches and captains from the world of elite sport, looks at what it means to be a leader and a Christian at the top end of sport
Celebrating the life of Douglas Smith
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?
It has been amazing to see how God has grown the work of supporting professional and elite-level footballers. Here, two members of our Performance Team explain how they are encouraging the next generation of UK footballers.
Why should Christian athletes at the top level get stuck into church? Having met a series of elite sportspeople over the course of the year, we now discuss another key issue that comes out of many of the interviews
Having met a series of elite sportspeople over the course of the year, we now discuss this key issue that comes out of many of the interviews. Maybe it’s something you’re asking yourself as you seek to follow Jesus or are considering doing so?
Celebrating the life of Alan Godson
A professor of kinesiology at Gordon College, Massachusetts, Val Gin was a successful women’s volleyball and softball coach for 13 years before changing her focus to training coaches of the future
It has to be one of the most coveted prizes in sport, let alone golf...but it's a prize that is only temporary.
We can all think of great sporting captains and leaders. But what should it look like when a follower of Jesus steps up to lead?
Olympic rower Debbie Flood tells her story of coming to faith and being a Christian at the pinnacle of her sport. A great film to show at half-time in an event to trigger discussion.
Former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus tells of how he became a Christian and the impact it had on his career and view of football. An engaging short film to show at half-time in your event to provoke discussion or tee up a talk.
Celebrating the life of Clive Frampton.
One of the best weekends you could ever have as a rugby player
Ann tells Danno of her highs and lows on the rugby stage from reaching the World Cup final to missing out on the next tournament due to injury
Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly had major injury issues around his final Olympics. Find out how his Christian faith impacted his view on the disappointment. A great video to show as a starter for discussion or a talk.
Featuring a talk with Rico Tice and interviews with former professional footballer Linvoy Primus, Olympic rower Debbie Flood and rugby player Garin Jenkins, this film looks at Psalm 103 as it clearly explains the gospel message to sportspeople.
Danno meets wildman turned inspirational youth coach Chris Jones. Although a Welsh junior international, Chris was soon far better known for his violent antics off the field, which earned him the dubious honour of being banned for life twice
Danno meets former West Brom, Derby and Portsmouth defender Darren Moore
An accident at 16 years old saw Niel have his left arm amputated below the shoulder. Having been a keen athlete and rugby and tennis player, his promising sporting career looked in doubt...
Having played badminton, hockey and cricket for England, Jane Powell is now helping her country's lacrosse teams rise up the rankings. Hear Jane tell of her walk with Jesus through 40 years of top-level sport
Adriano is a motor racer, now himself racing with his own ‘Jesus Saves’ team in the UK in the Classic Formula Ford Championship. Having grown up as a motor racing mad youngster near the Interlagos track in Sao Paolo, he is now looking to use the sporting gifts he has been given to make Jesus known
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?
As the Rio Olympics get under way today, ex-athletes Debbie Flood and Adam Pengilly tell us what it is like to compete at the games
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’.
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?
Parys Edwards has competed at the top level in two different sports over a 20-year career that is still going strong. Parys talks to Danno about her highs and lows in sport and how she realised she can honour God by the way she competes
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?
Andy Sinton is a former professional footballer with 12 England caps to his name, including an appearance at Euro 1992. In conversation with Graham Daniels, he tells us about how he got selected for Euro 1992 and what it’s like being a Christian in the dressing room
To see how someone can move from being a Christian who plays sport to being a Christian in sport, let’s see what the Bible says about sport.
The Bible says lots of things...but what, if anything, does it say about sport?
The summer term of university is a funny time. For many sports the season is over so Wednesdays are no longer taken up with travelling to BUCS fixtures. Then once exams are over everything can become a bit of a blur. But what about reaching the world of sport for Christ? How does that fit into the last month of university life?
Alison Nicholas is a British golfer who reached the pinnacle of the sport as both a player and then later on as the captain of a victorious Solheim Cup team in 2011. In a fascinating interview she talks about what it looks like to be a successful leader and coach and how her faith has helped her throughout her golfing career
A short film explaining the gospel for sportspeople
Linvoy Primus played professional football for 16 years including nine years for Portsmouth where he became a cult hero. In a wide ranging conversation with Graham Daniels, he talks about life as a professional footballer
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury speaks at a Church of England sports ministry day
A fortnightly podcast helping sportspeople connect their sport and their faith.
Garin Jenkins is a Welsh rugby union player capped 58 times by his country. In this podcast, he tells us about his battle with misdirected passion and aggression and how is growing faith remained steady in some massive ups and downs
Danno meets Olympic rower Debbie Flood as she narrates her unlikely start in sport and how her faith has fundamentally impacted her life in a career full of highs and lows
Celebrating the life of Gerald Williams
Cyrille Regis is a former international footballer and FA Cup winner. In conversation with Graham Daniels, he reflects on a professional career spanning 19 years and shares how his faith has influenced his career and life
Graham Daniels interviews former top level sportspeople about their faith and sport
A video unpacking the phrase 'Pray Play Say' as taught through Colossians 4:2-6.
Featuring a talk with Rico Tice and interviews with former international rugby players, this film looks at Psalm 103 as it clearly explains the gospel message to sportspeople.
Find out more about Jesus with this video and short blog
There’s no doubt that the tension between Sunday sport and Sunday church services is a significant problem for the church. How do we decide what to do? Well we need to be clear on the biblical principles at stake here.
A short film to show at Easter - imaging world news reacting to the death of Jesus.
George Best was one of the greatest players in modern football history but the story of how he came to be discovered is remarkable. Graham Daniels tells the story and challenges us about an even greater discovery we can all make from Matthew 13.