ko te manaaki i ngā kaihākinakina | caring for New Zealand's sports community

We would like to help you with becoming a Sports Chaplain. We provide training, accreditation, as well as help with team placement for suitable candidates.

Becoming a Sports Chaplain – is it for you?

Sports Chaplaincy training

Sports Chaplaincy positions now available from Auckland to Southland, including in football, basketball, hockey and netball

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Becoming a Sports Chaplain – is it for you?

Photo of Sports Chaplains - become a Sports Chaplain

Are you authentic, a team player, inclusive, relational, and also trustworthy?  Do you enjoy volunteering as well as building into others?  Then you should think about becoming a Sports Chaplain.


A VOLUNTEER: an invited and trusted guest in the sports setting, available for conversations with team members, which may be personal and therefore confidential.

A PASTORAL MENTOR: considering the total person: mental, physical, spiritual and social, rather than simply their on field performance.

A TEAM PLAYER: working with the sport’s supporting community, such as doctors, physiotherapists, managers, sport psychologists, officials, and coaching staff.


Listen to two football chaplains discussing what their work involves.


If you would like know more about becoming a Sports Chaplain, then please complete an Expression of interest form.


Sports Chaplaincy training


Firstly, for those who would like to find out more about Sports Chaplaincy, we offer a two hour introductory session.  This will help you understand the basics of chaplaincy and decide whether you would like to pursue it further.


‘Lite’ Training

A half-day course designed for parents and others playing or volunteering in sport, at either club or school level. As a result, you can become more effective in providing pastoral care to those around you.

Maybe you coach a youth team and would love to have a greater impact than just teaching skills. You are probably aware of a lot of deeper needs in the young people and their families, but you are not sure how to start to help.

Or, maybe you are a sportsperson and have a desire to shine Christ’s love into the lives of your teammates.

Following ‘Lite’ Training you can apply to become an affiliate member of SCNZ.


Four Phase Training

The foundational training for Sports Chaplains in New Zealand. Each phase takes one day. The Four Phases are often offered in two parts, over separate weekends.

Phase 1 explores the Biblical basis and critical elements of Sports Chaplaincy. Phase 2 places particular emphasis on pastoral care, while Phase 3 centres on mentoring and includes a visit to a sports organisation. Phase 4 provides practical guidance on subjects such as family life; suicide awareness; and grief, loss and transitions.

The training is interactive and designed to draw out the existing knowledge and experience of participants. Following each session you will complete a ‘Learning Capture’, where time is given for personal learning to be reflected upon and recorded.

Attendance at Four Phase Training, together with the submission of completed Learning Captures, is a requirement for Sports Chaplaincy NZ accreditation.


Continued Professional Development

Ongoing courses for Sports Chaplains are offered according to need, to help you in your personal ministry, and also to help you develop Sports Chaplaincy in your region.

If you become an SCNZ member, then these courses are discounted.

Training Dates


Sports Chaplaincy positions now available

Many Sports Chaplaincy positions are now available, so if you’re interested check them out here.

If you see one that interests you, then please fill in an Expression of interest form. Once we hear from you, we will be in touch to talk further about the role, and what training and accreditation is required. We will work alongside your local church to support you, so please also talk to them about your interest in Sports Chaplaincy.Picture of Chaplain Enroy Talamahina at Kelston Boys High School for becoming a Sports Chaplain
Note: All of the following roles are unpaid.


Albany United
KingsWay School
New Zealand Breakers
Soccer Plus - Soccer4Life




Central Southland College


Hockey Southland
Southland Basketball



Please fill in an Expression of interest form, if any of these positions interest you, or if you would like to be a Sports Chaplain in any other location.


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