Resources

We get sport from the inside.

Our resources are specially designed for Christians active in competitive sport. Find what you need here, put it into practice, and watch God at work.

Champion Quizzers of the Year

In the build up to The Open, the handful of Christian members at Royal Portrush Golf Club jumped at the opportunity for an evangelistic event and so committed to hosting a sports quiz.

She's born to play

With the Women's World Cup, the Netball World Cup and loads more women's sporting events on this summer, there's a huge buzz around women's sport. In all this excitement, is this a bandwagon Christians should be jumping on? Well, it could be argued that the Bible gives us the best foundation for celebrating and encouraging women in sport.

Essentials

Key resources for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport

Competing

Resources to help players and coaches grow in Christ as they compete

Speaking

Resources to help you explain why Jesus is good news for players and coaches

She's born to play

With the Women's World Cup, the Netball World Cup and loads more women's sporting events on this summer, there's a huge buzz around women's sport. In all this excitement, is this a bandwagon Christians should be jumping on? Well, it could be argued that the Bible gives us the best foundation for celebrating and encouraging women in sport.

The Cricket World Cup: Pressure to Perform

It’s been a rollercoaster to reach the final of the World Cup for England, with pressure from all sides. Pressure isn’t unique to Morgan’s squad - it’s universal across competitive sport, so how are Christians to respond in these clutch moments?

Paul Brush

The Boot Room

Danno sits down with former West Ham footballer Paul Brush to chat about his career and faith in the midst of adversity

Folau, Vunipola and the intolerance of the culture of tolerance

If you follow rugby at all then it couldn’t have escaped your attention that there’s been a furore around Israel Folau’s provocative Instagram post and then Billy Vunipola’s subsequent ‘like’ of the post and expression of support for it.

How do I share my faith with my friends?

Essentials

What does it look like to fully integrate our faith and sport as we seek to encourage sportspeople to believe in Jesus?

How sport and faith fit together

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Because of what Jesus has done, we can understand our sport differently.

How do I pray effectively for my sports friends?

Essentials

Prayer is an essential feature of the Christian life and it is something we quickly turn to in times of trouble or when in need of guidance. So why do we often struggle to pray consistently?

The battleground of prayer

How do I pray effectively for my sports friends?

Being committed to prayer is something many of us find challenging. At the same time, we know that prayer is important. So why do we often struggle to pray consistently?

The ultimate motivation

Why is it essential for me to share my faith?

We must tell our team mates and friends the truth about eternity.

How can I be competitive in a godly way?

Competing

Some of us change so much when we compete that we worry that we shouldn’t compete at all. How can we compete in a godly way in our sport?

Knowing your role

What is my role in pointing sportspeople to Jesus?

The Bible is clear what our role is when it comes to pointing sportspeople to Jesus, regardless of whether we know it (or not), we’re good at it (or not) or like it (or not). Once we get it, there’s no place to hide.

How do I bring a sportsperson to hear the gospel proclaimed?

Speaking

It’s good to look for every opportunity to speak of Jesus with our sports friends, and inviting them to events where a speaker will proclaim the gospel message can provide you with a good starting point to begin conversations.

No better news

How do I bring a sportsperson to hear the gospel proclaimed?

If you are a Christian, you’ll know that nothing is more important than our sports friends hearing the amazing news of the gospel and responding to it - eternity is at stake. But how can you go about doing this?

How can I navigate the sports culture with integrity?

Competing

What does your behaviour in your sports club say about who you now are in Christ?

Remembering who you are

How can I navigate the sports culture with integrity?

How do I be different amidst the culture of drinking, of sex, in the chat of the changing room? How do I get involved with the sports club and yet be distinctive? How can I be fully committed and yet remain faithful to Christ?

Two ways to live

How do I explain the gospel?

We may think it's obvious for team mates to work out that we're Christians just by observing our behaviour. But how can they know unless we or someone else tells them that we follow Jesus and why we do so?

How do I explain the gospel?

Speaking

One of the reasons we don’t share the gospel may be because we don’t really know it! Here's a helpful framework to help you explain it to a sports mate.

Your story, my story, His story

How do I initiate a conversation about Jesus?

You’ve been praying for months, you’ve talked about everything in life other than this, but as you walk along to training you just can’t find the right way to start a conversation about Jesus.

How do I initiate a conversation about Jesus?

Speaking

Most of us find it easy to initiate a conversation about sport, but the prospect of speaking to a sports friend about Jesus can be daunting.

Making the most of the off-season

How do I point people to Jesus in the off-season?

At the end of a long season, it's only natural to want to rest our legs and enjoy a bit of a break - after all, our bodies need to recuperate. However, the temptation is also there to take a break from sharing our faith with our sports friends.

Helping someone take their first steps

How can I help my friend become a Christian?

When a sports friend who says that they want to become a Christian, it's like that wonderful moment of a baby's first steps. There is something quite remarkable, breathtaking, and yet serious as we help a sportsperson take the first steps in becoming a Christian.

The Sunday sport conundrum

How can I balance church and sport?

For players, parents and pastors, the issue of whether you should play sport on a Sunday is a difficult one.

The best way to point sportspeople to Jesus

Why should I read the Bible with a sports friend?

Ever find it hard to explain the Christian faith to your sports friends? Ever find it hard to help them see the brilliance of the gospel message? Ever wish you could get someone better to explain it to them?

"Oi ref!"

How should I treat officials and referees?

We are on the pitch as a player and yet again the decision goes against our team. We start to get caught up in the general chorus of complaint. What do we do as Christians?

Responding to disappointment in a godly way

How can I deal with disappointment well?

Disappointment and sport so often go hand in hand. Poor performances, defeats, injuries, getting dropped, a failure to improve - every sportsperson has experienced one or all of these multiple times. But how are you to respond to such disappointment?

A huge harvest field

What is our motivation for making disciples in the world of sport?

The challenge is simple, will you do it? Will you get to work and seek to make Jesus known in your sporting context?

Being fiercely competitive and fiercely humble

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

The player who celebrates too early, or the team that holds a celebratory promotional shoot before then losing the final are subject to derision. All of us are quick to revel in the misplaced pride so often seen in sport.

Living at peace in the midst of battle

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

All match he’d been nipping at your heels, deliberately stepping on your feet, pushing you, elbowing you. The referee doesn’t seem too bothered. But these constant niggling fouls have been getting to you. And this incident is the final straw.

Answering tough questions

How do I answer the tough questions sportspeople ask?

Some types of questions can be asked of us and can make us feel uncomfortable or are hard to answer at times. With God’s help these questions need not, and should not, be avoided.

Share but never there, or there but never share

How do I develop lasting friendships with sportspeople?

Sport can be a great place for developing friendships. You spend so much time together on and off the pitch, you experience the highs and the lows of a season together, and have a lot in common. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to foster these relationships.

How do I point people to Jesus in the off-season?

Speaking

With the season coming to an end, it’s time to rest and reflect on what has been. Yet a danger comes when we do the same with our faith and our willingness to share Jesus with our sports friends. How do we best approach the off-season as Christians?

How can I help my friend become a Christian?

Speaking

It’s great when a sports friend wants to become a Christian, especially if this is off the back of reading the Bible with them. However, we want to make sure our sports friends are ready to take this commitment and fully understand what they are committing to.

How do we make disciples for Christ in the world of sport?

Essentials

The world of sport is vast, but the majority do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. How do we go and speak to them?

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

Competing

The pressure to perform in sport will have been felt by all of us at some point or other. Whether it is the pressure of a coach, a parent, the crowd. How do we handle pressure as Christians?

Why should I read the Bible with a sports friend?

Speaking

God’s Word is powerful, and it will do His work in the lives of sportspeople. Our best thoughts, ideas or opinions, though useful, are still those of ourselves, of humans. They cannot compare to the Word of God in either power or influence.

How should I treat officials and referees?

Competing

In the heat of competition, we can react negatively both in what we say and in how we act towards an official who has penalised us or - in our eyes - acted unjustly. How are we to understand a godly attitude towards sports officials?

The power of a story

How do I share my story with a sports person?

When we have seen or experienced something exciting it’s natural to want to share it with others. Why, then, are we sometimes so hesitant to tell others the story of the greatest thing that has ever happened to us?

How can I deal with disappointment well?

Competing

There will always be disappointment in sport. But how we navigate these as Christians in competitive sport is an important witness to our faith in Christ.

What is our motivation for making disciples in the world of sport?

Essentials

To make disciples of the vast world of sport is a huge challenge that can feel daunting and overwhelming. What’s our motivation for such a task?

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

Competing

In sport, coaches, parents and other teammates can encourage us to be proud. Sometimes this is for encouragement but at other times it is done deliberately to inflate our ego. But how should I view my sporting talents and achievements as a Christian?

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

Competing

Without opponents, our sport wouldn’t exist. But how do we love them as our neighbour rather than hate them as our enemy in opposition?

How do I answer the tough questions sportspeople ask?

Speaking

When sportspeople ask questions, we want to try and do more than simply answer them and move on. Often there is something behind their initial question, motivating it or hiding a deeper heart issue. How can we answer them well?

How do I develop lasting friendships with sportspeople?

Speaking

Our friends need to trust us if we are to expect them to explore questions of faith with us. In order to build this trust, alongside spending time with people, we need to be authentic in how we live our lives.

How do I share my story with a sports person?

Speaking

We love to share good news. So why do we sometimes find it hard to share the Good News of the gospel?

1 Timothy 2

How do I pray effectively for my sports friends?

What stops you from praying for your sports friends?

Why is it essential for me to share my faith?

Essentials

For many of us, we struggle to stand out consistently for Jesus Christ in our sports club. Sometimes we lose sight of the spiritual/eternal implications of knowing Jesus. Why should we share the Good News about Him?

Matthew 25

Why is it essential for me to share my faith?

What is it that motivates you to stand out as a Christian competing in the world of sport?

Colossians 3

How can I be competitive in a godly way?

A key question to ask whenever we reflect on a competitive situation is not ‘did I win or lose?’ but ‘did I glorify God in my attitude and actions?’ This is easier said than done, so how can we do it well?

What is my role in pointing sportspeople to Jesus?

Speaking

What is our role and what is God's role in helping sportspeople come to know Jesus? Understanding your role is crucial as you look to speak and live for Jesus in your sport.

2 Corinthians 4

What is my role in pointing sportspeople to Jesus?

The commandment to ‘go and make disciples’ is daunting. It is important to grasp the difference between our role and God’s role in pointing people to Jesus and to leave Him with the results.

Romans 10

How do I bring a sportsperson to hear the gospel proclaimed?

Although some of us may have had bad experiences of hearing the gospel explained in a public setting, in Romans 10 we see that God uses people to proclaim His word and He uses His proclaimed word to save people.

Ephesians 5

How can I navigate the sports culture with integrity?

People watch our actions and often determine who or what we are by what they see. What does your behaviour in your sports club say about who you now are in Christ?

The Six Windows

How do I explain the gospel?

If we are to tell people about the gospel, we need to know what the gospel is and how to explain it clearly.

1 Corinthians 2

How do I initiate a conversation about Jesus?

Your story, my story, His story.

Genesis 1-3 & Romans 12

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

How does what I read in the Bible fit together with how I play my sport?

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Essentials

How is playing my sport different as a Christian?

How can I balance church and sport?

Sunday Sport

We are often caught between Sunday services and sporting events as, more and more, sport in our culture clashes with timings of church. How do we get the balance right?

1 Samuel 1 & Acts 26

How do I share my story with a sports person?

We love to share good news. So why do we sometimes find it hard to share the Good News of the gospel?

Colossians 4

How do I share my faith with my friends?

How do we actually go about sharing our faith with our sports mates?

Matthew 28

University Group Bible Studies

Why should we even think about sharing our faith with our sports friends?

Speaking

Resources to help you explain why Jesus is good news for players and coaches

Essentials

Key resources for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport

Competing

Resources to help players and coaches grow in Christ as they compete

Sunday Sport

A series of blogs looking at this hot issue in today's culture

Steve Spooner

The Boot Room

An inspirational interview with former professional footballer Steve Spooner

Wayne Jacobs

The Boot Room

An interview with former Bradford City legend, Wayne Jacobs

What does the Bible say about...

A series of blogs looking at a number of the top issues sportspeople face

What does the Bible say about sports psychology?

Psychology is a big deal in modern sport. From Steve Peters' now famous 'chimp paradox' to the in-house sports psychologists employed by many professional clubs. Now it is almost as common to have a therapist as it is a personal trainer. What are we to make of this from a Christian point of view?

The Boot Room

Interviews with former top level footballers about their sport and their faith

Gavin Peacock

The Boot Room

An interview with former Premier League footballer Gavin Peacock

What does the Bible say about ambition?

What does the Bible say about...

How can I make the most of my sporting talent as a Christian? Can I strive to get to the top, while still following Jesus? `

Retiring after a fourth Olympics

The Retirement Question

Danno chats to former rower Debbie Bruwer (née Flood), whose 15-year international career included two Olympic silver medals and three World titles. Like all the former athletes we’ve featured in this series, retirement was far from a smooth process for Debbie

Finding your identity after retirement

The Retirement Question

Danno chats to former rugby wildman turned youth coach Chris Jones and ex-Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly about retirement. Chris talks about trying to fill a void in his life left behind by rugby, while for Adam, it was easy to think that part of his identity had disappeared

Retiring as a major winner

The Retirement Question

Danno chats to former professional golfer Alison Nicholas about her retirement. Although she achieved great success on the course with 18 tournament wins, Alison found the transition to life after golf far harder than she expected

Retiring as a professional footballer

The Retirement Question

In this first episode of a new series, Danno chats to former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus. Having played more than 400 professional matches over a 17-year career, Linvoy shares some of the challenges he faced in making the transition to life after football and offers advice to elite athletes approaching retirement today

The Retirement Question

For elite athletes, this is singularly the greatest issue. When you stop playing, you have no idea who you are, where you fit into society, what your future holds or how to conduct yourself. It’s a tremendous pressure on elite athletes and that’s why we’re looking at it in this podcast series

How do I support my child as a Christian in the world of elite sport?

A free booklet looking at the top 10 questions of parents and guardians of young performance athletes

What does the Bible say about coping with pressure?

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

Why does pressure have such an effect on us, how can we cope with it and does the Bible give us any pointers?

Adam Pengilly

Danno meets...

Danno dives into the adrenaline-filled world of skeleton to meet Adam Pengilly. In this gripping podcast, Adam shares the highs and lows of a career that saw him represent Team GB at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010

The Olympic rower

The Leadership Files

Danno catches up with double Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion Debbie Flood. As well as her successful career on the water, Debbie’s leadership skills saw her become the first ever female captain of the world famous Leander Club

The Solheim Cup captain

The Leadership Files

Danno catches up with former US Open champion and victorious Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas. From the outset, Alison shares how Christian faith has shaped her leadership at the pinnacle of her sport

The Rugby Coach

The Leadership Files

Danno catches up again with former rugby wildman turned youth coach Chris Jones. The podcast sees Chris share how he learned to coach in the hard but fair style that has brought his Rhondda Valley teams great success

The Leadership Files

This podcast series, interviewing top level coaches and captains from the world of elite sport, looks at what it means to be a leader and a Christian at the top end of sport

What does the Bible say about injury?

What does the Bible say about...

There are few harder things to deal with in sport than injury. So how can we approach this perennial enemy as Christians in sport? What does the Bible say about injury?

Church and the top-level sportsperson

Sunday Sport

Why should Christian athletes at the top level get stuck into church? Having met a series of elite sportspeople over the course of the year, we now discuss another key issue that comes out of many of the interviews

Can you be a Christian and an elite athlete?

Having met a series of elite sportspeople over the course of the year, we now discuss this key issue that comes out of many of the interviews. Maybe it’s something you’re asking yourself as you seek to follow Jesus or are considering doing so?

Debbie Flood: My Story

Films to show at an event

Olympic rower Debbie Flood tells her story of coming to faith and being a Christian at the pinnacle of her sport. A great film to show at half-time in an event to trigger discussion.

Linvoy Primus: My Story

Films to show at an event

Former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus tells of how he became a Christian and the impact it had on his career and view of football. An engaging short film to show at half-time in your event to provoke discussion or tee up a talk.

Ann O'Flynn

Danno meets...

Ann tells Danno of her highs and lows on the rugby stage from reaching the World Cup final to missing out on the next tournament due to injury

Dealing with disappointment

Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly had major injury issues around his final Olympics. Find out how his Christian faith impacted his view on the disappointment. A great video to show as a starter for discussion or a talk.

Chris Jones

Danno meets...

Danno meets wildman turned inspirational youth coach Chris Jones. Although a Welsh junior international, Chris was soon far better known for his violent antics off the field, which earned him the dubious honour of being banned for life twice

Darren Moore

Danno meets...

Danno meets former West Brom, Derby and Portsmouth defender Darren Moore

Niel Louw

Danno meets...

An accident at 16 years old saw Niel have his left arm amputated below the shoulder. Having been a keen athlete and rugby and tennis player, his promising sporting career looked in doubt...

Jane Powell

Danno meets...

Having played badminton, hockey and cricket for England, Jane Powell is now helping her country's lacrosse teams rise up the rankings. Hear Jane tell of her walk with Jesus through 40 years of top-level sport

Adriano Medeiros

Danno meets...

Adriano is a motor racer, now himself racing with his own ‘Jesus Saves’ team in the UK in the Classic Formula Ford Championship. Having grown up as a motor racing mad youngster near the Interlagos track in Sao Paolo, he is now looking to use the sporting gifts he has been given to make Jesus known

What does the Bible say about fairness?

What does the Bible say about...

Sport has a love-hate relationship with justice and fairness. On one hand it cannot function without it, but so much debate circles around the many unfair decisions and outcomes. So what does the Bible say about fairness?

Olympics Special

As the Rio Olympics get under way today, ex-athletes Debbie Flood and Adam Pengilly tell us what it is like to compete at the games

What does the Bible say about winning?

What does the Bible say about...

The legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi once said “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”. This might be overstated but have you ever had the nagging feeling that wanting to win is inherently ‘un-Christian’.

What does the Bible say about losing?

What does the Bible say about...

Should Christians be those who recite the old amateur mantra ‘It is not about the winning, but the taking part’? Does ‘turning the other cheek’ mean that we shouldn’t even want to win in the first place?

Parys Edwards

Danno meets...

Parys Edwards has competed at the top level in two different sports over a 20-year career that is still going strong. Parys talks to Danno about her highs and lows in sport and how she realised she can honour God by the way she competes

What does the Bible say about doping?

What does the Bible say about...

Turn to the back pages at the moment and it is difficult to get away from doping scandals. How as Christians should we think about these issues?

Andy Sinton

Danno meets...

Andy Sinton is a former professional footballer with 12 England caps to his name, including an appearance at Euro 1992. In conversation with Graham Daniels, he tells us about how he got selected for Euro 1992 and what it’s like being a Christian in the dressing room

What does the Bible say about sport?

To see how someone can move from being a Christian who plays sport to being a Christian in sport, let’s see what the Bible says about sport.

What does the Bible say about sport?

What does the Bible say about...

The Bible says lots of things...but what, if anything, does it say about sport?

Alison Nicholas

Danno meets...

Alison Nicholas is a British golfer who reached the pinnacle of the sport as both a player and then later on as the captain of a victorious Solheim Cup team in 2011. In a fascinating interview she talks about what it looks like to be a successful leader and coach and how her faith has helped her throughout her golfing career

Linvoy Primus

Danno meets...

Linvoy Primus played professional football for 16 years including nine years for Portsmouth where he became a cult hero. In a wide ranging conversation with Graham Daniels, he talks about life as a professional footballer

Garin Jenkins

Danno meets...

Garin Jenkins is a Welsh rugby union player capped 58 times by his country. In this podcast, he tells us about his battle with misdirected passion and aggression and how is growing faith remained steady in some massive ups and downs

Debbie Flood

Danno meets...

Danno meets Olympic rower Debbie Flood as she narrates her unlikely start in sport and how her faith has fundamentally impacted her life in a career full of highs and lows

Cyrille Regis

Danno meets...

Cyrille Regis is a former international footballer and FA Cup winner. In conversation with Graham Daniels, he reflects on a professional career spanning 19 years and shares how his faith has influenced his career and life

Danno meets...

Graham Daniels interviews former top level sportspeople about their faith and sport

Pray Play Say

A video unpacking the phrase 'Pray Play Say' as taught through Colossians 4:2-6.

The Two Sides of Sport | Rugby Edition

Films to show at an event

Featuring a talk with Rico Tice and interviews with former international rugby players, this film looks at Psalm 103 as it clearly explains the gospel message to sportspeople.