It’s great to see what God is doing in Wales and especially in Rugby Union where we have a twofold approach: the blitz defence – trying to provide chaplaincy support to the professional end of the game, and the drift defence – providing at a more local level through local churches. We are seeing God at work in both areas and have chaplains in all 5 regions and 60% of the Premiership. We also recently placed a lady to support the Welsh women’s national side.
However we want to see more opportunities to work with the senior teams at regional level and greater involvement with the WRU. Locally we would like to widen our network across the whole of Wales like that of Ifor Williams who is doing a great job at Gwernyfed Rugby Club. Local sports chaplaincy enables churches to offer Christ’s care and compassion and a way to connect with their communities in being “salt and light”.
The work is so exciting; the fields are white but we need more labourers so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved!
Chaplaincy Support Director for Welsh Sport