The Ridley Award: mission and ministry through sport
This year sees the launch of a new self-paced online learning experience for anyone who wants to bring together their love of sport with their desire to share their faith.
Arising from the work of our Director of Innovation, the Ridley Award in Sports Mission and Ministry provides a solid foundation rooted in everyday faith, giving confidence to any Christian to put their love for sport in the service of God’s purposes.
Delivered by experts from the fields of theology, sport and ministry, the course takes the form of eighteen podcasts that actively encourage you to build on your current experiences through creative engagement with tasks within your own context. The format allows you to share your ideas and experiences with other participants, and to fit your learning around existing life commitments.
"It feeds an instinctive longing to serve God through sport, bringing the listener into a new depth of biblical knowledge and richness of discipleship.”
For individuals or groups
Fully accessible, with no prior qualifications required, the course can be taken by individuals, or together as a local group who are seeking to explore how God might be calling them to engage in mission in a sporting context. The Award can also be purchased as a gift, making it an ideal way for a local church or Christian organisation to affirm and encourage the calling of a parishioner or member of staff.
Full accessible and immersive learning
“The Award can be purchased as a gift, making it an ideal way to affirm and encourage the calling of a church member.”
The immersive power of podcasts means that, unlike a traditional lecture-based or classroom-based course, the Ridley Award doesn't feel like learning, yet feeds an instinctive longing to serve God through sport, bringing the listener into a new depth of biblical knowledge and richness of discipleship. The format makes the learning experience fully accessible – instead of requiring you to set aside dedicated hours for traditional learning, the classes can be taken while exercising in the gym, walking the dog or travelling to work.
Register for the first session for free
To register for the Award, or explore how this course might open up a new world of mission and ministry for someone in your church or sports group, access the first session for free or sign up for the full 18 sessions now: