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.

Reaching the world of sport for Christ

Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at why Christians in Sport exists - to reach the world of sport for Jesus, and what encouragement Jesus gives as we go and do it!

The Sports Mission Pack

Free resources to reach sportspeople in your local area, with new special World Cup resources for 2019.

24 questions

The main questions Christian sportspeople have about their sport and their faith.

What does the Bible say about...

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

A parent's wrestle with Sunday sport

Sunday Sport

We sit down with Gaynor this week, a parent of top-level teenagers to chat about the wrestle she's had with her family on the issue of sport and church.

This match must not define you

It’s the biggest match of your lives - the Rugby World Cup Final. It’s the match you’ve been building up to for years, if not decades. But it’s a match that must not define you.

The Sunday Sport question

Sunday Sport

We sit down with Rev. Pete Nicholas to discuss the question of Sunday sport and church in our latest podcast.

Peter Browne

Danno meets...

Danno interviews former professional rugby union player Peter Browne about his career and his faith.

What does the Bible say about sport? -

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at a very simple question - What does the bible actually have to say about sport?

Why you should stay involved in sport

Rugby coach Lois Newcombe shares why she loves to coach and the amazing opportunities it brings to share the gospel

4 tips as you join a new club

How can we, as Christians in sport, make the most of the new opportunity joining a club provides? Jesus’ great commission in Matthew 28 to make disciples remains the same, but the place we are doing that, our club, has changed.

The identity battle in a performance dominated world

For a sportsperson, their identity, their sense of worth can be completely wrapped up in their performance. What does it then mean to have sport in its right place, to help our identity be solid and secure in Christ and not based on performance?

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

How do I share my faith with my friends?

24 questions

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 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?

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.

"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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

Pray, Play, Say, Together

How do I share my faith with my friends?

You love your sport and you love Jesus. You know that your sport can be worship as you use your gifts and talents for Him. But have you ever considered how you might share this news with your sports friends?

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

Philippians 2

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

How should I view my sporting talents and achievements as a Christian?

1 Peter 2

How should I treat officials and referees?

How are we to understand a godly attitude towards sports officials?

Genesis 2, Romans 12 and Hebrew 10

How can I balance church and 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 Peter 5

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

How do we handle pressure as a Christian?

Philippians 1 & 4

How can I deal with disappointment well?

There will always be disappointment in sport. Someone always loses - and that is not taking into account injury, being dropped, not improving, etc. But how we navigate these as Christians in competitive sport is an important witness to our faith in Christ.

Romans 12

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

Competition is an important part of sport but how are we to view our opponents? 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?

24 questions

The main questions Christian sportspeople have about their sport and their faith.

Steve Spooner

The Boot Room

An inspirational interview with former professional footballer Steve Spooner

Living distinctly in a body obsessed world

In our culture, our looks and our bodies and our diets seriously matter. How do we live distinctly as Christians in this world?

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

A mother's view of the Sunday sport dilema

Sunday Sport

As the Christian mother of four children who love the Lord and love sport I have found myself living through a very real dilemma. The structures of Church and the structures of sport seem to be poles apart and pulling in opposite directions creating a gap!

5 top tips for starting well at University

Starting university is a really significant time in life and full of so many changes. At the same time, there are so many opportunities to share the good news of Jesus. To help you do this and live out your faith, here are five top tips we pray you find helpful.

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? `

5 top tips as you move from University to the world of work

Graduating from university and heading into the world of work can prove one of the biggest challenges life throws up. Here are five top tips to help you as you make that transition.

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

A captivating rivalry we can't ignore

The Ashes is one of sport’s oldest rivalries. As a Christian, how should one respond when healthy sporting rivalry shifts to being characterised by conflict and bad blood?

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

What does the Bible say about sport?

Films to show at an event

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?

Born to Play

Films to show at an event

A short film explaining the gospel for sportspeople

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

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.

Finding practical solutions to the weekly tension of Sunday sport and Sunday church services

Sunday Sport

There’s no doubt that the tension between Sunday sport and Sunday church services is a significant problem for the church. How do we decide what to do? Well we need to be clear on the biblical principles at stake here.