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.

"A lad called B, who comes to our a school lunchtime sports club and a detached sports session has been struggling with his body image but enjoys coming along and joining in. His mum came to chat to me because B has been telling her how much he enjoys it. She wanted to know why we were doing it. We had a great chat about why the church does mission and she is hoping her and B will come along to our church soon."

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.

“We urgently need to get out of our church buildings and through sport join in with our local communities. Then we will be able to offer hope, build meaningful relationships and share God’s good news.” Rev Tim Hastie-Smith, SU National Director

Games Area

They came to our sports club on a regular basis and slowly Esther began to open up and ask questions about God.

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