Sport and young people

Mission through sport

Providing opportunities for the language and activity of sports and games to naturally collide with the language of faith

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” Nelson Mandela, 25 May 2000

Pioneering mission through sport

Tug of war sport

In the last few years, Scripture Union has been growing, trialling and replicating an effective mission through its sports strategy throughout England and Wales. Working in rural, urban and inner-city contexts with local churches and Christians to connect and share faith with children and young people far outside of the church. At its simplest level this is about providing opportunities for the language and activity of sports and games to naturally collide with the language of faith.

By engaging young people and children through sport and physical activity, Scripture Union is also able to help local churches create new communities and improve the physical and mental health of those it is serving.

Why Sports Ministry?

In this video Mission Enabler Isaac Rocke shares why you should get involved in sports ministry.

Children at a sports ministry project

Challenging hopelessness

Alex’s sports ministry project is providing a new narrative to the destructive one that emerges when local children witness the increasing affluence of parts of Kings Cross at it becomes gentrified, while at the same time seeing no way for them to attain such material wealth and status.

Meet Alex and some of the children and young people he is working alongside.

Sporting chances in our three key contexts

Critical to our approach to mission through sport is mobilising local Christians into their public open spaces whilst engaging with their community in this third/shared space.
Scripture Union has developed resources that connect the Christian faith, education, language and activity of sport.
Holiday clubs, all-age services, non-residential sports camps, sweaty church, sports mission kit packs have all been trialled and developed to best equip mission to take place in a church context.

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"I don't go to church BUT...:" The Tour

95% of under-18s don’t go to church BUT many are open to faith. Join us to explore how you and your church can make the most of this opportunity to reach ‘the 95’ with the good news of Jesus! 

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