Firstly, SCZA seeks to achieve a consistently high quality of sports chaplaincy across South Africa.
We plan to accomplish this vision through;
- Professional accreditation
- Induction training
- Continual Professional Development
- The establishment of a Sports Chaplains support network
- Sports Chaplains resource library
- Professional Sports Chaplain appointment process
Secondly SCZA seeks to develop sports chaplaincy across South Africa.
There are potentially thousands of opportunities to serve the sports community through Chaplaincy in South Africa. This involves finding a club / sporting organisation ready to embrace sports chaplaincy, and identifying the right person for the role.
SCZA seek to achieve this through;
- Co-operation with professional sporting bodies
- Co-operation with Christian denominations
- Co-operation with Christian sporting agencies
- Raising the profile of sports chaplaincy in South Africa
Our focus is NOT primarily performance, our priority is people. We do believe that the work of a chaplain can have an indirect and positive impact on performance as our support offers an holistic, person centred approach that can offer a solid foundation for performance.
Chaplains are not involved because of the kudos, not involved because we are fans, we are not even involved to bible bash – but we are involved because we have the compassion of Christ for all of those integral to the sporting industry.
The vast majority of a sports chaplains work is confidential, so you will not find on this site a detailed breakdown of our work, rather an overview. However, wherever Chaplaincy is established there is great appreciation for the value that is added to the sports community (Link to Endorsements).
We seek to expand to all clubs in all sports in South Africa and need Jesus’ guidance, your prayers and financial backing.
The primary focus of a sports chaplain is to provide excellent pastoral and spiritual care, by permission, to people of all faiths and none within the sports community. This service is available to everyone involved in a particular sports community – CEO’S, Coaches, Medical team, Support Staff, Administrators and of course the sportspeople themselves.
Chaplains have a ministry of ‘hanging around with intent’; the intention is always to build relationships of trust so that everyone in the sports community they serve feels comfortable sharing their story, especially when difficulty or challenges strike.
Chaplains offer unconditional care, a listening ear, non-judgemental interventions, and positive guidance when it is invited.
A range of services a Chaplain can typically provide include:
- Club-wide pastoral care
- Pastoral and spiritual care and support
- Suicide awareness
- Stress management support
- Crisis management & recovery services
- Home and hospital visitations
- Grief, loss & bereavement care
- Family care & support
- Marriage & relationship preparation and care
- Life skills support
- Referral support
SCZA is in partnership with other sports chaplaincy organisations across the globe.
Sports Chaplaincy is well established in countries such as the United Kingdom, U.S.A., Australia, and New Zealand. We are in regular contact with Chaplaincy organisations that have decades of experience, and hundreds of chaplains serving on the ground in a wide variety of sports including soccer, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, Australian Rules, Athletics, Baseball, Motor Sport, Horse Racing and more.
Their partnership and advice has been hugely significant in establishing the movement in South Africa.
Chaplains can be of help to all sorts of people involved with sport, when crisis, need or difficulty comes. I commend the idea of sports chaplaincy.Sir Alex Ferguson - CBE. Former Manager of Manchester United Football Club