Olympic Games Chaplaincy
The learning at the Manchester Commonwealth games of building a multi-faith chaplaincy team, and the training and setup needed became the template for future Olympic chaplaincy. As a result of his leadership experience in Commonwealth Games chaplaincy, Rev. John Boyers (then SCORE’s National Director) served as a consultant in the provision of religious services’ for the Athens 2004 Olympics and Paralympics, at which Sports Chaplaincy UK’s training materials and principles of ‘good practice’ were valued & adopted.
More recently, the preparations for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics chaplaincy has been overssen by Rev. Canon Duncan Green, the LOCOG multi-faith services advisor for 2012. He has drawn upon Sports Chaplaincy UK’s experience of planning and delivering sports chaplaincy at major events. Specifically LOCOG have invited John to be seconded to them for three months to serve as the Multi-Faith Centre Manager from 1st July. A number of Sports Chaplaincy UK members are providing official and approved chaplaincy at various venues during 2012.