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Faith and Sport

Aled Jones visits London’s Olympic Stadium to explore the links between Christianity and sport, and JB Gill meets the former Premier League goalkeeper swapping the pitch for the pulpit.

Aled Jones visits the London Stadium to explore the links between Christianity and sport and looks back at the unforgettable moments of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that took place in the stadium.

Paralympian Stef Reid takes Aled to the spot where she won silver in the 2012 Games and gold in the 2017 World Championships. She tells Aled about the moment her life was changed forever after a boating accident aged just 15, and how her desperate cries to God in those times led to a deep Christian faith.

Aled also meets Graham Daniels, a former professional footballer who is now the director of Christians in Sport. In the stadium, Graham reflects with Aled on the great memories of London 2012 and – in this summer when so many iconic competitions have had to be postponed – he explores why we love sport so much. Graham reveals how he works in the background at many major sporting events – supporting elite athletes as they strive to live out their Christian faith and their vocation as a sportsperson.

JB Gill joins a training session at Watford Football Club to meet goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. He tells JB about growing up in poverty in Brazil and how his strong Christian faith is now leading him to swap the pitch for the pulpit as he trains to become a pastor. And we hear how smaller football clubs are being effected by the current pandemic – we visit Cambridge United to hear about its Christian roots and how the club's unique role in the local community is helping it through this challenging times.

With hymns old and new from across the UK, including some that have become favourites at great sporting occasions.

Music
Holy, Holy, Holy – City Gates Church, Ilford
Teach Me My God And King – St Martin’s Church, Stamford
Lord I Lift Your Name On High – St Elisabeth’s Church, Reddish
Cornerstone – Milton Keynes
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Katherine Jenkins
Abide With Me – Glasgow Cathedral
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah – St Asaph Cathedral

34 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Aug 2020 13:15

Stories

Stef Reid
Paralympian Stef Reid takes Aled to the spot where she won Silver in the 2012 Games and Gold in the 2017 World Championships. She tells Aled about the moment her life was changed forever after a boating accident aged just 15 and how her desperate cries to God in those times led to a deep Christian faith.

Pitch to the Pulpit
JB Gill joins a training session at Watford Football Club to meet goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. He tells JB about growing up in poverty in Brazil and how his strong Christian faith is now leading him to swap the Premier League for the pulpit as he trains to become a pastor. 

Christians in Sport 
Aled also meets Graham Daniels, a former professional footballer who is now the Director of Christians in Sport. In the stadium Graham reflects with Aled on the great memories of London 2012 and – in this summer when so many iconic competitions have had to be postponed – he explores why we love sport so much. Graham reveals how he works in the background at many major sporting events – supporting elite athletes as they strive to live out their Christian faith and their vocation as a sportsperson.

Cambridge United
In a time when we may be missing the big sporting spectacles, we hear how smaller football clubs are being effected by the current pandemic – we visit Cambridge United to hear about its Christian roots and how their unique role in the local community is helping them through this challenging time.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Aled Jones
Presenter JB Gill
Executive Producer Cat Lewis
Executive Producer Emyr Afan
Producer David Waters
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Production Company Avanti Media

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