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Sport & exercise

There are so many good things about sport and exercise, from the physical to the social benefits. And as a Christian organisation we see the spiritual development that comes from participating in sport.

Sport is enabling people to learn life skills, regain confidence, build relationships and grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Every week members of our churches and centres around the UK take part in a range of activities. Many of our churches offer fitness classes for all ages, led by qualified instructors. Activities include zumba, pilates and personal training for adults, with taekwondo and football skills classes for children. Weightwatchers and Slimming World meetings are also held in a number of our church halls – encouraging healthy weight loss as well as friendship and support.

We are developing a strategy for sporting ministry with activities such as football, rugby, tennis and athletics to suit all ages, backgrounds and levels of fitness. Sport is more than just scoring goals, points or getting the quickest lap time. Sports ministry activities teach valuable life lessons. Participants learn the meaning of integrity and fair play by being a part of a team. They learn how to win graciously and accept defeat. They also learn that there are people who care about them and who are willing to spend their time helping them to be a better person.

Through the development of a sports ministry strategy, we are committed to delivering a lasting and beneficial legacy that will empower and equip local churches to be able to use sports ministry in a relevant and intentional way.

Many of our churches have registered sports teams. For example, Stowmarket Salvation Army FC is officially accredited with the FA. The Salvation Army is serving those in difficult life situations by simply having fun or making those who normally cannot join in.

In many of our lifehouses across the country, Sport is enabling people to learn life skills, regain confidence, build relationships and grow in their relationship with Jesus. Every year, we hold a UK-wide football tournament called the Partnership Trophy that sees teams from lifehouses come together to compete in a five-a-side tournament. Sports has also been an avenue for us to raise awareness of social justice issues related to our work or raise money for development projects. The Salvation Army Yeovil Bowls Club each year raises money for international development projects and have helped many of their community members through challenging times over the course of a season.

Fundraising events are a fantastic and fun way for people of all ages and abilities to get fit while helping raise valuable funds for our work.

Run for us...

Challenge yourself and improve your fitness by taking part in a running event. The Salvation Army has places in the Virgin London Marathon, New York Marathon, 10k Road Races, Superhero Run and Half Marathons. – Link

Bike for us...

By cycling and fundraising for us you will help us to make a real difference to people’s lives as well as setting personal fitness goals. We have golden bond places in Ride London and London to Paris.

Gary did it and you can too…'I was really struggling. It was the thought of the vulnerable people in the areas I work that motivated me to keep going – all of this was for them.'

Read about it here

Trek for us...

We work with Different Travel and Charity Challenge to give you the opportunity of a lifetime. You can take part in a variety of gruelling challenge events across the world – including Trek Peru Challenge  and Trek to Everest Base Camp.