This page is a brief outline of who we are; however if you would like to know more about Sports Chaplaincy NZ, please contact us.
Vision and mission
SCNZ began in 2009 as ENGAGE. This was a Sports Chaplaincy programme for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. During the World Cup, ENGAGE provided chaplains for teams, officials, and families of athletes. As a result, we understood the need for pastoral care, mentoring and support in sport. Then, in 2013 we registered as a charity.
We now provide this service across New Zealand through a team of 5 Regional Leaders and 53 Sports Chaplains. We support around 1000 athletes, club staff, and families, in school sports teams, grassroots clubs, as well as in professional sport and at large scale events.
SCNZ has developed a high-quality training and accreditation process. As a result our chaplains are equipped and maintain high standards of pastoral care skills for use in sport.
Sports Chaplaincy began in 1828 when it was identified that sport could play an important part in character development. This service has been offered at major events since 1972, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. There has also been a global growth of Sports Chaplaincy within schools, clubs, and elite level sport.
Martyn Norrie, MBA, FCLA, ANZIIF (Fellow)
Business leader, organisational coach, strategic thinker
Manager of Strategic and Corporate Planning, Tauranga City Council
Previously National Director of Christian Surfers
Ross Georgiou, BD, GradDip
Chair, Major Sports Event Chaplaincy Commission
UEFA and NZ Football licensed coach
Grant Harris, BTheol
Senior Pastor, Windsor Park Baptist Church
Chaplain, NZ Breakers
Andrew Kerr, AFA
Managing Partner and Director, Seneca Group Ltd
Convener, Christian Sports Network NZ
Formerly a NZ Surf Life Saving champion!
CEO, Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand
Kevin Prewett, BCom, CPANZ, ATAINZ
Director, Eden Perich Prewett Ltd
Entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist
National Office staff
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