The Internship: Breaking new ground

Date posted: 04/10/17

Internship 2017-18


These are exciting times for Christians in Sport. As we look to reach the world of sport more effectively, we are seeking to place staff in different regions. From this autumn, our Internship programme is playing a key part in this strategic change as nine men and women take up placements across the British Isles.

The aim of the Internship remains to train and support men and women of graduate age to reach the world of sport for Christ, while also equipping them with transferrable skills for wherever God leads them in the world of work afterwards. But instead of being based at our head office in Bicester, this year’s crop of nine will be linked to partner churches and focus their work in a geographical area.

Ian Lancaster, our UK Team Leader, said: “We’re really excited about this prospect of placing Interns in churches across the British Isles - getting the same central training and missional experience but scattered throughout the land. It will give great opportunity for hands on learning from local church leaders and places a responsibility on the Intern to help drive and shape strategy for reaching the local world of sport for Christ.”

The regional Internship programme will enable us to partner more directly with local churches. Interns will gain more exposure to local church life and the opportunity to serve there as well as being supported by our regional staff. The new programme also offers greater flexibility than before. Interns competing at a high level of sport can be based where they need to be for training, while others can commit to an area they are particularly passionate about.

This year, eight new Interns are joining Jen Harris, who is starting a second year on the scheme in Edinburgh. Here’s your chance to meet the eight newcomers.



Internship 2017-18Name: Phil Small
Sport: Rugby Union
Location and church: Belfast, First Ahoghill Presbyterian Church
Prayer for the year: My prayer is that I will grow closer to Jesus and, as a result, become more passionate about reaching people, specifically sports people with the monumental news of the gospel.


Internship 2017-18Name: Vanessa Kelada
Sport: Cricket
Location and church: Dublin, Christ City Church
Prayer for the year: I pray that Christians in Sport can be well received and have an impact in Dublin, like it has all over the world.


Internship 2017-18Name: Hannah Smith
Sport: Ultimate Frisbee
Location and church: Bristol, Emmanuel City Centre Church
Prayer for the year: That God would continue to challenge and shape us for His glory and that I personally would not be ashamed of the gospel as I seek to pray, play, say within my club in Bristol.


Internship 2017-18Name: Craig Bathgate
Sport: Triathlon
Location and church: Glasgow, St Silas Church
Prayer for the year: That we would see an uprising of Christian sports players in Scotland, who are passionate about living out their faith in their sports teams and clubs.


Internship 2017-18Name: Jack Shepherd
Location and church:
Brackley, The Source
Prayer for the year
: That God would use me to share the gospel with those in my world of sport, and that through the Internship I can equip and encourage Christian sportspeople to do the same.


Internship 2017-18Name: Rob Stileman
Sport: Cricket
Location and church: Brackley, The Source
Prayer for the year: That God will use me and the other Interns massively in growing His kingdom in the world of sport.


Internship 2017-18Name: Jos Edwards
Sport: Rugby Union
Location and church: London, Dundonald Church
Prayer for the year: That the Lord increases my hunger to know more of Him and see Him use me in my new rugby club to make Him known and glorify His name.



Internship 2017-18Name: Vusa Mtunzi
Sport: Rugby Union
Location and church: Jersey, Town Church
Prayer for the year: That my influence as a Christian in sport in Jersey will provide opportunities for people to know about Jesus Christ, our Saviour.


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