Pioneering new pathways
Sport in schools can teach the children faith and values, but they will need much more support as they grow and develop. Longer term support can be provided through the local church, through after-school clubs and through holiday camps. Making that link will depend on individual situations and is often linked to the work in the school.
Three examples are given where the link has come from the local church.
In the Diocese of Gloucester, Project Touchline has been working with the Bisley Benefice. The PCC are supporting two special sports days to foster deeper links with the schools. Professional coaching will be provided with faith and values for two local primary schools during curriculum time.
In the Diocese of Salisbury, an exciting four-day multi-sports event at Shaw C of E Primary School was delivered with Rev Shona Hoad, the PCC and Benefice of Atworth with Shaw and Whitley. With a regular attendance of 50 children professional sports coaching was provided in gymnastics, rugby, football, hockey, cricket, dodgeball, netball and athletics. Four Christian values were linked to scripture through each of the sports. The children lived out the values through prayer and faith. Perseverance – “Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end” Hebrews 12.1-2 Courage – “Perfect love casts out all fear” 1 John 4.18 Friendship – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Matthew 7.12 Respect – “Encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5.1