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The Christians in Sport Podcast

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The podcast of Christians in Sport - the movement of competitors, coaches and officials which exists to reach the world of sport for Jesus.

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The podcast of Christians in Sport - the movement of competitors, coaches and officials which exists to reach the world of sport for Jesus.

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Wonderful!

By Whateverdudette - Dec 06 2019
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This is by far my favorite podcast right now! Learning so much from the minds of athletes and how they have dealt with struggles/triumphs!

Great Podcast

By PrincetonWill - Feb 17 2016
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Wonderful podcast that engages sport and faith in a fantastic way. A must listen!

iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
Average Ratings
3
1
0
0
0

Wonderful!

By Whateverdudette - Dec 06 2019
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This is by far my favorite podcast right now! Learning so much from the minds of athletes and how they have dealt with struggles/triumphs!

Great Podcast

By PrincetonWill - Feb 17 2016
Read more
Wonderful podcast that engages sport and faith in a fantastic way. A must listen!

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Latest release on Oct 24, 2020

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Rank #1: Paul Brush | The Boot Room | Episode 30

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“Somewhere God was tapping me on the shoulder saying, hey you aint clever enough to deal with this yourself…just ask me for a bit of help!”

Paul Brush has battled through a lot of adversity in his life and career - from serious injury, being dropped for the FA Cup final, to losing his wife through leukaemia, leaving him to raise a five-month old son. In the midst of it all he began to follow Jesus following a Billy Graham rally in the 1980s.

Paul was a professional footballer and now coach who played in the Football League for West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Southend United. He is best known for his time with West Ham United, for whom he played from 1976 until 1985.

In this interview with Graham Daniels we look at issues such as:

  • Battling injury

  • Hitting the wall as a top level player

  • Coming to faith later in life

  • How his faith informs his coaching

May 17 2019

27mins

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Rank #2: Why should I reach the world of sport for Christ? | Episode 36

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Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at why Christians in Sport exits, to reach the world of sport for Jesus, and what encouragement Jesus gives as we go and do it!

Nov 15 2019

31mins

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Rank #3: Why don’t we put famous sportspeople in the public eye? | Episode 37

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In response to your questions we have our first #AskCIS podcast. You asked “why don’t Christians in Sport put famous sportspeople in the public eye” and here’s your answer. 
Jonny Reid interviews Graham Daniels, the General Director of Christians in Sport about the principles behind our decision and how that plays out in practice.

Nov 29 2019

24mins

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Rank #4: Gavin Peacock | The Boot Room | Episode 27

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“Before I was a Christian football was my god so I was up and down according to how I played. When I came to know Jesus however, everything changed because Jesus is God and football was in its right place.”

These are the words of Gavin Peacock, the first interview in our new series looking at the ups and downs of professional football.

Gavin is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and striker from 1984 until 2002 notably in the Premier League for Newcastle United and Chelsea.

He also played in the Football League for Queens Park Rangers, Gillingham, Bournemouth and Charlton Athletic. He then worked in the media as a pundit, and in September 2008 relocated to Canada where he is currently a pastor at Calvary Grace Church in Calgary.

In this episode we look at issues such as:

  • How his faith influenced his view of his football

  • Leadership on and off the pitch

  • Speaking of Christ in the dressing-room

  • The importance of church

Nov 02 2018

32mins

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Rank #5: Wayne Jacobs | The Boot Room | Episode 28

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When we say we have guests who have seen it all - we meant it - and with Bradford City Legend, Wayne Jacobs, we really do!

Wayne Jacobs has played in nearly every league in professional football in a 21 year career, defined by his time at Bradford City where he not only played for 11 years, but has also had stints managing them too. He also played in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City, Rotherham United and Halifax Town.

He is now Assistant Head Coach at West Brom, alongside running the charity One in a Million, which helps disadvantaged children in the city of Bradford.

In this episode we hear his story of coming to faith and look at issues like:

  • the influence of a Christian teammate in a heavy drinking culture

  • How becoming a Christian doesn’t make you soft on the pitch

  • What it looks like to lead with authenticity

  • The transforming nature of Jesus in the life of a tough man from Yorkshire

Dec 07 2018

33mins

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Rank #6: Why did Christ come? A Christmas message | Episode 39

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Graham Daniels speaks at St Andrew the Great carols on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Dec 23 2019

19mins

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Rank #7: Steve Spooner | The Boot Room | Episode 29

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“When I got injured I found a faith and stability in God when times were tough, when I was literally out of work. He was faithful and he brought me through.”

These are the words of Steve Spooner, the third interview in our series looking at the ups and downs of professional football.

Spooner began his career with Derby County but got his breakthrough with Halifax Town. He then moved to Chesterfield where he won promotion in 1985, and then on to Hereford United, York City, Rotherham United, Mansfield Town and Blackpool before finishing his League career at Chesterfield. He then later went into non-League football and has since worked as a coach in numerous roles.

In this episode we look at issues such as:

  • Dealing with incredibly tough situations 

  • Making his first team debut against World Cup superstars

  • Telling your teammates you’re a Christian for the first time

  • The difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus

Mar 01 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: What does the Bible say about sport? | Episode 31

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Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at a very simple question - What does the bible actually have to say about sport?

Christians in Sport is a movement of competitors, coaches and officials

We exist to reach the world of sport for Jesus.

Sep 07 2019

38mins

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Rank #9: The joy of being a sporty Christian family | Episode 38

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If you want an expert in dealing with the ups and downs of having children on elite performance pathways, here's your woman. Graham Daniels sits down with mother of four Sally to talk about:
  • Keeping things in perspective as a sporting family
  • Navigating disappointment with your children well
  • The demands and joys of being a busy Christian family
  • Maintaining a healthy relationship with your spouse 
  • Prioritising your own relationship with Jesus as a parent

Dec 13 2019

28mins

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Rank #10: A parent's wrestle with Sunday Sport | Episode 35

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We sit down with Gaynor this week, a parent of top-level teenagers to chat about the wrestle she's had with her family on the issue of sport and church. 

In an amazingly challenging and uplifting interview, we discuss the joy of spending quality time with her sporty kids, the importance of church and how conversations about priorities have led to wonderful opportunities to speak about Jesus.

Nov 01 2019

24mins

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Rank #11: How the Bible went viral in a rugby club | Episode 40

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Dave and Mike speak about the amazing story of what God did in one rugby club through a series of Bible studies which went viral around the team.

In this episode they also give some helpful advice for anyone else looking to share the good news of Jesus in their sports clubs and teams through the simple act of getting God’s word open and letting God does his work through it.

You can read a blog and do a Bible study on this topic with the link below:

www.christiansinsport.org.uk/resources/speaking/why-should-i-read-the-bible-with-a-sports-friend/

Jan 10 2020

32mins

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Rank #12: Danno Down Under: A Commonwealth Games Special | Episode 22

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Danno is in Australia as a chaplain at the Commonwealth Games. 

We interviewed him to find out what he's up to and what he's saying to top level athletes in this high-pressured environment.

Apr 09 2018

23mins

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Rank #13: Identity in the midst of retirement | Episode 25

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Episode 3 sees Danno chatting to former rugby wildman turned youth coach Chris Jones and ex-Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly. The pair enjoyed successful, but vastly different careers in top-level sport, with Adam a skeleton slider and Chris an uncompromising prop.

But both are only too aware of the challenges faced by elite sportspeople on retirement. Chris talks about trying to fill a void in his life left behind by rugby, while for Adam, it was easy to think that part of his identity had disappeared.

Chris and Adam’s accounts will resonate with many top-level sportspeople who are making the difficult transition to that next stage of life.

Listen in as they talk about

Struggling to keep playing due to injury (2mins 20secs)

The emotional impact of knowing you have to retire (2.55)

The lows of going through that transition (6.00)

Getting your head around no longer being an athlete (10.08)

Thinking part of you was now ‘gone’ (12.05)

Helping other sportspeople move on (15.15)

The impact Christian faith has had on all of this (17.20)

And much more..

Jul 06 2018

21mins

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Rank #14: The Retirement Question: The Major winner | Episode 24

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Welcome back to the Retirement Question. We resume with Danno chatting to former professional golfer Alison Nicholas. The highlights of Alison’s 20 years at the pinnacle of golf included winning the 1997 US Open and captaining Europe to Solheim Cup victory in 2011. 

Although she achieved great success on the course with 18 tournament wins, Alison found the transition to life after golf far harder than she expected. Danno asks her: “How on earth did you cope with retirement?” To which, Alison replies: “I’m not sure I did to be honest. I didn’t plan it, which was a real mistake looking back. I knew I didn’t want to play on the tour anymore. I was struggling with the lifestyle and not being able to play to the standard I wanted to.”

Now working to support Christian golfers on the Ladies European Tour, Alison’s story will resonate with many elite sportspeople dealing with the impact of retirement.

Listen in as Alison talks about

  • The huge impact retirement had on her (2mins 10secs)

  • Struggling with her self worth (3.20)

  • Knowing it was time to hang up her clubs (6.00)

  • How faith in Christ gave her perspective in all of this (7.00)

  • The vital support she received from Christian friends and family (12.00)

  • Her advice to sportspeople facing retirement (14.00)

And much more...

Jun 01 2018

18mins

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Rank #15: The Retirement Question: The professional footballer | Episode 23

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For elite athletes, this is singularly the greatest issue. When you stop playing, you have no idea who you are, where you fit into society, what your future holds or how to conduct yourself. It’s a tremendous pressure on elite athletes and that’s why we’re looking at it.

In this first episode of a new series, Danno chats to former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus. Having played more than 400 professional matches over a 17-year career, Linvoy shares some of the challenges he faced in making the transition to life after football and offers advice to elite athletes approaching retirement today.

Listen in as Linvoy talks about

  • Knowing it was time to retire (2mins)

  • When it finally sunk in that he was an ex-footballer (7.20)

  • The impact of a Bible verse given to him by a 15-year-old fan (14.20)

  • The fears retiring athletes have (20.45)

  • Trusting in God when you’re outside your comfort zone (22.00)

And much more…

May 04 2018

24mins

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Rank #16: Danno meets...Adam Pengilly | Episode 21

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With the Winter Olympics about to start, Danno dives into the adrenaline-filled world of skeleton to meet Adam Pengilly. Hurtling down an icy track lying prone on a sled at speeds of over 80 mph would scare the life out of most people, but Adam, a world silver medallist in 2009, relished the experience.

In this gripping podcast, Adam shares the highs and lows of a career that saw him represent Team GB at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010. He tells Danno how he got into the Winter Olympics the “wrong way around” and how he struggled to deal with disappointment. That changed was he was helped to see how his identity as a Christian could transform the way he competed.

Reflecting on his Olympic debut, Adam said: “I had a great chance of winning bronze and I wasn’t able to take it. Unfortunately, too much of my identity was caught up in my success.”

Listen in as Adam talks about 

The difference between bobsleigh and skeleton (0mins 40secs)

How his natural attributes were suited tt skeleton (3.45)

How he ended up worshipping his sport (6.20)

Learning to give his all for God’s glory (11.05)

Realising that even a world medal didn’t really satisfy (17.35)

And much more…

Feb 05 2018

23mins

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Rank #17: Socials and initiations | Episode 32

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This week we talk about socials. Sport is massively social as we hang out with people and get to know them on and off the pitch. 

In this episode we chat to three former university students about:

  • Their experiences of team socials and initiations as a Christian
  • Why being at socials is a great thing
  • Some top tips for honouring Jesus at a social

Christians in Sport is a movement of competitors, coaches and officials

We exist to reach the world of sport for Jesus.

Sep 20 2019

30mins

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Rank #18: Should I play sport on a Sunday? | Episode 34

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We sit down with Rev. Pete Nicholas to discuss the question of Sunday sport and church in our latest podcast. 
Listen in for discussion around:
  • The sabbath as taught in the Old and New Testaments.
  • The critical importance of meeting with other believers.
  • What rest looks like for Christians today
  • The distinction of corporate worship and all life worship
  • How churches can best support top level sports people who may compete in Sundays

Oct 18 2019

27mins

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Rank #19: The Retirement Question...the Olympic medallist | Episode 26

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Welcome to the final episode of the Retirement Question - series four of The Christians in Sport Podcast. The finale sees Danno chatting to former rower Debbie Bruwer (née Flood), whose 15-year international career included two Olympic silver medals and three World titles. 

As she prepared to hang up her oars after competing in her home Olympics, Debbie expected the transition to life after rowing to be a smooth process. But she tells Danno: “Before London 2012, I had already decided that, whatever the result, the next season of life was going to look different. It wasn’t going to be rowing full-time. I was going to do all the things that I wouldn’t normally be able to do as a full-time athlete….After the Games, I had a wobble because I thought ‘do I want to end on that [disappointing] result?’.”

Like all the former athletes we’ve featured in this series, retirement was far from a smooth process for Debbie. Listen in as she talks about:

How retirement was harder than she expected (0mins 40secs)

Being unsettled after experiencing disappointment at London 2012 (1.40)

Feeling like her life had been “chucked up into the air” (2.10)

Struggling without having a fixed routine (3.15)

Knowing her identity was secure in Jesus (7.00)

Trusting God with her future (8.40)

Missing the banter of being in a team (10.50)

Her advice for retiring athletes (12.20)

Being thankful for your sporting career (13.20)

And much more...

Aug 03 2018

17mins

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Rank #20: Should a Christian be competitive? | Episode 41

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Can I be competitive and a Christian? Is competition wrong? What about wanting to win? Do you lose your competitive edge as a Christian?
We’ve been asked all these questions and more so Graham Daniels is in to help us get under the skin of some of them.
In this episode we’ll look at:
  • Competition in the Bible
  • The foundational nature of sport
  • What you should do if sport causes you to sin
  • If you should stop if sport ‘brings out the worst in you’
  • How sport and competition can make you more like Jesus.

Jan 24 2020

27mins

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