We are excited to announce that in this our Jubilee year we have been joined and supported by a number of new faces who you may recognise. Each of our Ambassadors are proud to be associated with Sports Chaplaincy UK recognising the benefit and support sports chaplaincy provides across the Community of Sport.

Rev John Boyers

Honorary Ambassador

“Way back in 1977, I entered the world of professional sport for the first time as a chaplain, at Watford Football Club. Now, over 40 years later, I’m still actively involved in similar work at Manchester United, which began in 1992. I now give 3 days a week to being available to all staff and players, offering pastoral and spiritual support to any who may need it, and when required, a religious perspective to the club generally. Between the fifteen years at ‘Vicarage Road’ and the present I spent twenty plus years of my ministry pioneering chaplaincy in sport establishing and leading SCORE, now SCUK. I’m delighted, not surprisingly, to have been asked to become a voluntary ‘Ambassador’ for the charity.

I believe from those 40 years as a sports chaplain that the availability of trained, experienced and pastorally gifted chaplains is a significant benefit to some players and staff members. The chaplain is a sensitive, available and always confidential safety-net: and sports clubs never know when that safety net may be needed. The chaplain doesn’t help all of the people all of the time, but for some of the people some of the time, the chaplain’s presence and availability is vitally important.

So I genuinely advocate for sports chaplaincy. I know that SCUK is experienced in identifying those suitable for chaplaincy; giving preliminary and providing further professional development training; and inducting and networking sports chaplains. This is a niche ministry. It is valued by administrators in many sports and sports clubs. SCUK offers years of cumulative and tested pastoral experience to the sports world.

Craig Brown CBE

A Scottish former professional football player and manager and the most successful national coach of Scotland.

Jamie Jones Buchanan

A professional rugby league player for over 19 years, Jamie has represented England and Great Britain and has won six Super League championships, three World Club Challenges, three League Leaders’ Shields and one Challenge Cup Final with the club.

Paul Elliot CBE MBE

Paul Elliot CBE is a former English footballer who played as a defender. Starting his career with Charlton Athletic in the early 1980s, Elliott signed for First Division Luton Town in 1982.

Stuart Elliott

Former Northern Ireland International footballer, who played in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Duncan Green

Canon Duncan Green was the national Church of England Olympics Co-ordinator and is the LOCOG Head of Multi Faith Chaplaincy Services. He presided over 193 chaplains at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Robbie Hunter Paul

A retired New Zealand International Rugby League player, author and TV pundit. Robbie won everything at club and world level.

Fabrice Muamba

A retired professional footballer who played for Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers as a central midfielder.

Brian Noble MBE

TV pundit and International Rugby League Coach having won everything domestically and globally at club level.

Andrew Reed OBE

Andrew Reed OBE was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the key marginal Constituency of Loughborough from 1997 to 2010. Reed was awarded the OBE in June 2012 for service to the community and sport in Leicestershire

Lee Payne

A former professional football having played for Newcastle Utd, Reading FC, Veendam (Holland), FC Emmen (Holland). A qualified FA licenced coach and having served 20 years as a football agent and is currently a Senior Consultant at 10Tentalent. Lee speaks English, Dutch and Portuguese.

Anne Wafula Strike MBE

Former Paralympian and Gold medallist and an advocate for charity work with disability charities.