Sports Chaplaincy at the University of Gloucestershire

“The Masters course had a real impact on my sports chaplaincy. It helped me to reflect on my current practice, to understand how other chaplains operate, and overall to see how the role is perceived in Sport. It has changed the way I work and significantly improved my chaplaincy” – 2011 Graduate

In partnership with Sports Chaplaincy UK, in September 2010 the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) launched a suite of postgraduate courses in sports chaplaincy. The courses comprise the following pathways: Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Chaplaincy, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Chaplaincy, and MA in Sports Chaplaincy.

The courses are designed for ordained clergy, church leaders and/or lay workers with a particular interest in the relationship between sport and spirituality, and whose occupational aspirations lie within the sports chaplaincy sector. The programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and Europe offering students the unique opportunity to understand, critique and develop practice in the realm of sport and spiritual development within chaplaincy roles and settings. Based on the University of Gloucestershire’s established track record in sport and Christian outreach course content feature formal aspects of teaching and learning alongside an exploration of student work-based experiences. Bursaries covering tuition fees are available for the 2012-13 academic year.

Course Leader, Professor Andrew Parker, has been delighted by the way in which this Sports Chaplaincy UK/UoG venture has flourished:

“It is an immense privilege to have the opportunity to be involved with Sports Chaplaincy UK in the delivery of these courses and to work with students who are so passionate about what they do in and for the world of sport.”

For those interested in applying for any of the above course pathways please go to the course web site and click on the link/tab in the right hand margin headed ‘Ready to Apply?’:

If you would like to find out more about the various courses on offer at then please contact Professor Andrew Parker (Course Leader) by e-mail

In light of the dramatic increase in academic research activity and practical initiatives on the topic of sports and Christianity over the last decade, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University (YSJU), York, UK are hosting an Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity (IGCSC), 24-28th August, 2016. The Bible Society and YSJU are collaborating in the development and delivery of this global event.