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!

Martin Lewis
Chaplaincy Support Director for Welsh Sport

Sports Chaplaincy has been of huge personal and group benefit within our female international team camp environments. The support has been provided within all our age group teams and senior squad and has proved to be extremely beneficial for players.

Jayne Ludlow
Women’s National Teams Manager Football Association of Wales

Providing Sports Chaplaincy has become an important part of our approach to equality and ethical behaviours. Aside from providing a friendly, familiar face and an open door to confidential advice and support for everyone, there have also been occasions when our Sports Chaplains have made significant and timely interventions supporting athletes, staff and wider service users through some difficult and challenging times.

Jon Morgan
Exec Director of Disability Sports Wales

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