Whenever I talk about a day in the capital, invariably I mean Cardiff and not London. I’m certainly a far more frequent visitor to the former these days than the latter and last week I spent another day on the south coast.
Recent visits have been for a number of reasons, from an FAW/WPL media officers’ conference to Wales international games, an FAW funding event and of course TNS fixtures at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
This time however, it was a trip to the impressive Ararat Baptist Church facilities in the city that drew me in, and in particular the Sports Chaplaincy UK (SCUK) Welsh conference. I wrote about the organisation in a previous website piece, that you can read here.
As well as my more frontline and obvious work as TNS’ Media & Communications Officer, I’m also the club chaplain. There’s more on that here. It’s been a pleasure to join SCUK in recent months and become more formally involved.
Sports Chaplaincy UK began life back in the 1970s and was originally known as SCORE, establishing itself as a charity in 1991. Rev. John Boyers, got involved in his local football team – Watford FC – back in the Elton John and Graham Taylor days. And the rest, as they say, is history.
John is now the Chaplain at Manchester United and the success of his work and effort is that the likes of Graham Taylor – who sadly is no longer with us – and Sir Alex Ferguson have been positive figureheads in endorsing the work.
The work is well-established across the UK with official acknowledgment and endorsement from the governing bodies in English, Northern Irish and Scottish football. I’m really thrilled to say that from the start of this year, here in Wales we are also endorsing the work of SCUK, via the JD Welsh Premier League.
From a TNS perspective it’s great for me personally that the club is behind this role and sees the benefit. As the work of SCUK grows and develops in Wales it’s brilliant that the Welsh football champions can be involved. In the words of Hot Chocolate, everyone’s a winner.
Rev’s Ramblings is a weekly blog, following my adventures with the champions of Wales from a personal perspective.