Passion for Sport

11th February 2016 - We've Gone Global

In the past our listeners could hear our Planet Sport radio programmes by tuning in to one of our radio station partners around the world but only if they were in the reception area of one of these stations. Thanks to the Internet Passion for Sport now has near worldwide coverage and a variety of different ways for sports fans to hear our programmes.

mobile appThese include podcast distribution websites like Spreaker, Soundcloud and iTunes as well as our own Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa websites. We also have a Planet Sport mobile phone App (left) for iPhone and Android phones so that sports fans can hear us on the move on their smart phones.

The Internet has also helped Passion for Sport deliver our programmes to our radio station partners by email attachment, Dropbox or our own dedicated delivery website www.sportsmediagateway.com

By using social media such as FB iconTwitter icon and WhatsApp, we are able to get instant feedback from listeners and engage in conversations with them about issues raised in the programmes and answer their questions on air.

Give.netPlease pray for Passion for Sport as we seek to make good use of these technologies to reach sports fans and introduce them to Jesus Christ. If you are able, please support us by making a donation today.


5th February 2016

Helping African Stations in their Ministries

map - smallA radio station broadcasting 24/7 is hungry for programmes and sport has a huge attraction particularly in Africa, and so our programmes attract audiences giving us a great advantage over other types of programmes. However, this is not the only value that Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa programmes add to a radio station.    Read more...


28th January 2016 -  Olympics project

Passion for Sport has launched its Olympics project: 2016 Destination Rio!

Brazil flagThis year the Games take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5-21 August. Passion for Sport will be there for the duration as we aim to introduce sports fans to Jesus through media.

Already our preparations are underway and the Olympics project is a great way for you to get involved.  As the countdown to the Games goes on, we will be posting updates of our progress and prayer requests. There is also the opportunity to donate towards the £20,000 needed for the project, including the team costs for travel and accommodation in Rio.

The team of five media professionals will be recording news, reports and interviews in English for our two weekly radio programmes, Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa, as well as serving our online and social media platforms.  Popular and experienced Spanish reporter Pedro Arias will also produce content for 300 radio stations.

Take a look at our short video to find out more.

The Olympics Games is the world’s second biggest media event (after the FIFA World Cup) so this is a great opportunity to reach sports fans and introduce them to Jesus. Passion for Sport has over 20 years’ experience of reporting from the Games as we have covered every Summer Olympics since Barcelona in 1992.

Passion for Sport is the world’s only Christian sports media agency producing content from sports events with clear Christian objectives. So, please stand with us and help introduce sports fans to Jesus. Make a donation today.


21st January 2016

Social Media Update – Who do you follow? 

social mediaAt Passion for Sport, we use various forms of social media to reach and engage sports fans across the world. Every week we share our two radio programmes Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage listeners to discuss the latest news and issues from the world of sport.

Earlier in January, fans of Planet Sport Football Africa contributed to a post on our Facebook page, discussing whether Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a worthy winner of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Player of the Year Award.

Here are some of the comments...


14th January 2016 – Support 2016 Destination Rio!

Adrian and cakeThis summer Passion for Sport will be reporting from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Through interviews, reports and features we will be bringing the sounds, the sports and the stories from Rio to radio listeners around the world in English and Spanish.  Our aim, as ever, is to introduce sports fans to Jesus through media. 

BroadwaterOn 6th February in Broadwater, Worthing we are organising a fund-raising event to support the project.  2016 Destination Rio!, an evening event, includes:

  • an international ploughman’s supper
  • a quiz based on Rio and the Olympics in teams of six
  • a baking competition. Bring along your cake - baked and decorated with a sporting theme – to enter the competition. Prizes awarded for the best entries
  • a Cake Auction – all cakes entered into the competition will be auctioned

Tickets are £10 from Broadwater Parish Church office, 117 Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 8HT or from office@passionforsport.com

If you are unable to attend but would like to support the project you can make a donation here.

For more information contact  Adrian Barnard or call Passion for Sport on 01392-580624.


7th January 2016 - Destination Rio 2016

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This summer Passion for Sport will be at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  We will provide news, reports and interviews for listeners to our two weekly radio programmes, Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa and produce videos and blogs for fans using our online and social media services.  We will also serve 300 Spanish radio stations in Europe and South America.

Find out more here including how you can be part of this exciting project to introduce sports fans to Jesus through media from the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

The Olympic Games is the world’s second biggest media event after the World Cup.  Every four years billions of people tune in on TV, radio and online to catch the news, stories and action from the Games.  This presents us with a perfect opportunity to reach big audiences in line with our aim of introducing sports fans to Jesus through media.

Passion for Sport’s team of media professional brings over 20 years’ experience having reported from every Summer Olympics since 1992. Our teams include staff members, secondments from partner agencies and volunteers from the broadcast media industry all working together to provide a service reflecting a Christian perspective from the Games.


1st January 2016 - Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to you from the team at Passion for Sport!

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What are you looking forward to in 2016?  In this week’s Planet Sport programme our Chief Football Correspondent Stuart Weir and former Football League referee Bob Hamer tell us about the sporting events they’re looking forward to in the coming year including the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and an exciting conclusion to the race for the English Premier League title.  Bob also shares his hope that more sports fans and followers will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for the listeners on over 50 radio stations in 16 countries and online as they tune in and pray that the Holy Spirit will be at work in their lives.  You can listen to the show here.


24th December 2015 - Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Passion for Sport!  We hope you will experience again the wonder and joy of this special time of the year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the child in the manger who is also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Here at Passion for Sport the work continues over the festive period as we serve sports fans across the world through our two weekly radio programmes, Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa.  Both shows are designed to be broadcast between Thursday and Saturday, enabling us to review the past week’s sporting action and look forward to the coming weekend.

Many listeners will hear the shows on Christmas Day.  So as you tuck into your festive turkey and brussel sprouts remember the sports fans listening on over 50 radio stations worldwide as they hear top sportsmen and women talking about their faith in Jesus.  For some it could be a very special Christmas.

The Planet Sport show over Christmas features Part Two of our Review of the Year including interviews with three world champion athletes talking about their sport and faith.  You can listen to the show here


17th December 2015 – Sport - Changing Lives

kick out ebola roadside billboard posterPassion for Sport uses media to introduce sports fans to Jesus. Not only do we report from major sports events – for example, we will be in Rio next year for the Olympic Games – but we also produce two weekly radio programmes: Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa. 

Planet Sport Football Africa is a 30-minute programme for football fans in and from Africa. The programme features news about African football and African players around the world and is broadcast on 40 stations in 10 African countries. One of those countries is Sierra Leone.  Read more...


10th December 2015

Olympics Countdown – 8 Months to Go

The Olympic Games is the second biggest international media event after the Fifa World Cup.  Next summer the Games of the XXXI Olympiad take place in Rio de Janeiro from 5th-21st August 2016.  Over 10,500 athletes from 206 nations will compete in over 300 events across 28 sports.  With our team of five media professionals Passion for Sport will be bringing the action to our radio and online audiences around the world.  Our aim, as always, is to introduce sports fans to Jesus.  We will be reporting in English and Spanish for our two radio programmes Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa and serving over 300 Spanish language stations around the world.

Passion for Sport has over 20 years’ experience of reporting from major sports events with a Christian perspective having reported from every Summer Olympics since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

norman brierleyTom and AndyAt the end of November the team met in Exeter to plan through various stages of the assignment.  Producer Norman Brierley (left) heads up the team in Rio with IT Manager Pete Ellis and media producers Tom Ellis (right) and Andy Bloss who will produce audio and video content for broadcast, online and social media.  Spanish producer Pedro Arias continues the role he has had with us since the 1992 in Barcelona.

CC FM in Cape Town, South Africa is one of the stations we served at the 2012 Games in London.  Afterwards they wrote: “We have so enjoyed getting the reports from the Olympics.  We’ve really benefitted from the interviews with South Africans, Christians and gold medallists.”  Three years on Norman and the team are building on past years’ experience so that more sports fans than ever before will have the opportunity to experience our unique sports service with a Christian perspective as we seek to introduce them to Jesus. 


10th November 2015 - “A Pastoral Spiritual Safety Net”

Andy RimmerThat’s how Andy Rimmer, Club Chaplain at AFC Bournemouth describes himself.

In recent years an increasing number of clubs across a variety of sports have recognised the value of appointing a chaplain to provide a listening ear and, when requested, spiritual advice and counsel.

Passion for Sport reporter Stuart Weir went to AFC Bournemouth to find out more about being a club chaplain and to hear what the staff and players think of the role. Read more..


10th September 2015 – Resources for the Rugby World Cup

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Euan MurrayMichael Jones helped New Zealand win the first Rugby World Cup in 1987. Nick Farr-Jones (right) captained Australia to victory at the 1991 Rugby World Cup.Euan Murray (left) retired from the Scotland team earlier this year after winning 66 caps during a ten-year international career.Tu Nu’uali’itia and Timo Tagaloa played for Samoa in the 1991 World Cup.  These and other players tell their own stories and share the key role that faith plays in their lives in a series of interviews available to download or listen online, free of charge, on our Planet Sport website.

Click this link: http://www.planetsport.tv/rugby.html

Dan Leochris jonesDan Leo (left) played for Samoa in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and has played club rugby in Australia (Queensland Reds), France (Bordeaux and Perpignan) and England (London Wasps, London Irish).

Chris Jones (right) is the only man in the history of Welsh rugby to be banned for life twice.  A violent player on the pitch he was once sent-off in a match being featured on national television.  His life completely turned around when he gave his life to Christ sitting in a police cell.


31st July 2015 - Usain Bolt

Usain BoltLast weekend Usain Bolt was back at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the Sainsbury’s Diamond League Anniversary Games running in the 100m sprint. The stadium is a special place for Bolt having achieved 3 Golds here in the London 2012 Olympic Games in 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. He has also suggested it will be where he bows out, entering retirement after the World Games here in 2017.

During the press conference ahead of the race, he was asked if the stadium was his ‘theatre of dreams’.  Read more...


16th July 2015 - Sport programmes on the run

PS LogoWith so many of us leading increasingly busy lives, finding time for our passions is tough. Passion for Sport has just made it easier for you to keep up with news from sports events, nurture your relationship with Jesus and introduce others to him too.

The free Planet Sport app for Android and iPhones allows anyone to listen to current and previous Planet Sport programmes on demand directly from their phone.

Planet Sport is produced weekly by Passion for Sport, a Christian sports media organisation and registered charity which uses media to introduce sports fans to Jesus.

Adrian Barnard, Passion for Sport, CEO, explains: “The new Planet Sport phone app is a great way to hear the weekly programme on the move – on the train, out jogging or down the gym. Be encouraged as you hear sportsmen and women talking about their faith.”

The Planet Sport app was launched at this year’s The Gathering, a Christian Vision for Men annual event from 26-28 June near Swindon. As well as sports news, discussion on sports-related issues and testimonies from Christian athletes, players and officials, the programmes are also an opportunity to pray for the listening audience worldwide. Planet Sport programmes are available online at www.planetsport.tv, and are broadcast on 50 radio stations in 16 countries.

Planet Sport is a great way to introduce sports fans to Jesus and the app is a great resource to share with friends on the fringes of the church who are interested in sport. Recent programmes have featured Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Watford FC striker Odion Ighalo and 2013 Classic Formula Ford motor racing champion, Adriano Medeiros.

The Planet Sport app can be downloaded from the iPhone or Android app stores – just search for Planet Sport. 


29th June 2015 - Mind the gap

Christian TaylorThe place was Gothenburg, Sweden; the year was 1995, a good year for the triple jump as it turned out. It was there at the World Championships that new world records were set in both the men’s and women’s event. Jonathan Edwards remains the men’s world record holder from that year with a jump of 18m 29cm (60ft) but reigning Olympics men’s triple jump champion, Christian Taylor (left) may be closing the gap.

Passion for Sport’s, Norman Brierley spoke to him at the recent Diamond League meet in Birmingham.    Read more...


22nd June 2015 - A world of difference…

Allyson Felix closeWhen it comes to 3/10th of a second, is anybody really counting? Well in the sprint events in athletics, the little numbers really matter.

In 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo-Jo) set a world record at 200m of 21.34 seconds and it remains unchallenged… so far. USA sprinter Allyson Felix (left) has a personal best at 200m of 21.69. At the Diamond League Athletics Meeting in Birmingham earlier this month, Passion for Sport reporter, Norman Brierley asked her if the record could be broken. Read more...


I’ll never share the glory

Odion Ighalo“Without God I wouldn’t be where I am today. In everything I do I give glory back to God. I’ll never share the glory…. If it wasn’t for God I wouldn’t have achieved what I achieved today.” Odion Ighalo (left) and Heurelho Gomes give thanks for Watford FC’s promotion to the Premier League. Read more…


Football against Xenophobia

PSFA LogoStrong feelings about immigrants have hit the headlines again. Press throughout southern Africa and further afield have been reporting on recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Passion for Sport’s Steve Vickers has been looking at how football has been used to fight against it, as he reports in this Planet Sport Football Africa programme.

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The Comeback King

 Ian Botham, Man Utd or Jesus Christ? Who made the greatest comeback?

CricketIn the Headingley Test Match of 1981, stripped of the captaincy, Botham bats with amazing belief and confidence to score 149 Not Out and scupper the Aussies after England looked dead and buried. In 1999, Man Utd, 1-0 down after 90 minutes, come back to score two goals against Bayern Munich in injury time and win the Champions League Final? Jesus of Nazareth, 33 AD, crucified on the Friday and buried in a tomb; but then seen up and about on Sunday, walking, talking and eating. Which is the greatest comeback?       Read more...


Cast your vote

Poll imageTake a look at our Planet Sport website set up for sports fans and while you're there vote on who you think will win the English Premier League title this year.

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 Full Steam Ahead

Adrian and cakeThe launch of Passion for Sport took place on Thursday 5th March, in Central London, where 40 people gathered to welcome the new name and hear about the future ministry focus.

The new name, Passion for Sport, better reflects the heart of the ministry, which is passionate about sport but even more passionate about introducing sports fans to Jesus, as Adrian Barnard, CEO explained:

“The word passion is key. It really catches well how we’re trying to engage with sports fans who are passionate about their sport, their teams and their sporting heroes – and linking in with our passion to tell those people about the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Sport and Faith – Passions in Partnershippfs final logo rgb

People have a multitude of passions in life – food, family, music, cars, TV soaps… One of the great passions for many people in the world today is sport. At Passion for Sport this common, global passion is an open door to introduce a second, greater passion – knowing Jesus.

“We share a passion for sport but more than that we are also passionate about Jesus.  We are passionate about introducing sports fans to him and seeing their lives transformed by the power of the gospel,” says Adrian Barnard, Passion for Sport, CEO.

Passion for Sport is the new name, announced on 5th March 2015, for 2K Plus International Sports Media.  For 20 years this ministry has been producing sports programmes with a Christian perspective for radio and online broadcast. The programmes provide an opportunity for sports people to share their faith, and present a Christian perspective on issues that arise in sport such as cheating, racism and greed.

Historically, Passion for Sport’s ministry has been mainly through radio for sports fans overseas with programmes designed primarily for young and middle-aged men.  With this group under-represented in the UK church, there is now a new ministry focus on the UK.
Mark Rylands is the Bishop of Shrewsbury and a Passion for Sport trustee: “God wants everyone to know about his saving love for them seen supremely in his Son, Jesus Christ. In the past century, the Church in the UK has not been very effective in sharing this good news with some parts of our society: those aged between 15 and 50, particularly men. Many people are passionate about sport. We want them to discover the God who is passionate about them.”

Adrian continues:  “From today we will build on this foundation as we develop online resources to help the UK church reach out particularly to men who love sport to help them discover a passion for Jesus.”

The resources include dedicated sport-specific webpages, podcasts, sports quizzes, 10-pin bowling competitions and other events for churches to organise, along with testimonies from sports people. And with the Rugby World Cup 2015™ in the UK this year, Passion for Sport is partnering with Engage 2015 to encourage churches to seize the opportunity for outreach.

Passion for Sport produces two weekly programmes as well as reports from major sporting events including the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. Through our programmes, sports fans hear about faith in Jesus directly from their sporting heroes.

Former Scotland international Brian Irvine scored the winning penalty to win the 1990 Scottish Cup for Aberdeen: 
“I’m passionate about football,” he says. “But it doesn’t compare to the passion I have for Jesus which drives me every single day of my life, helps me through the ups and downs, the good times and the bad times. That’s real passion.”


Quiz, cake and a Football League referee!

An Event for Men:

When?        7.30pm, Saturday 7th March 2015

Where?       Lancing Tabernacle, 105 North Road, Lancing, BN15 9BB

Show Off Your Baking Talent!  Come on chaps show us what you can bake!  Bake a cake or cakes with a sporting theme.  It could be a football pitch, tennis racket, cricket bat or, if you’re particularly ambitious, the England football manager, Roy Hodgson. Bring it along on the night to be auctioned.  It can be funny or serious, the only conditions are that it’s edible and has a sporty theme. Prizes for the top three.

Demonstrate Your Sporting Knowledge! Take part in our legendary sports quiz. Come as a team, ideally 4-6 people, or come and join a team when you arrive. Sharpen up your competitive spirit for this no-holds-barred event.  Don’t give an inch because there’s only one team prize, the winner takes it all!

Take Part in an Auction!  Sporty cakes (see above) and sporting paraphernalia up for auction.  All auction proceeds going to our charity to introduce sports fans to Jesus through media.

Hear from former Football League referee - Bob Hamer!  He’ll talk about his career and how his life changed dramatically when he met Jesus Christ.  There’s no need to throw glasses at this ref, he’ll bring his own!

Bob HamerBob Hamer started refereeing in 1965 in the Manchester area.  He was a Football League referee for 16 years from 1977 until 1993, refereeing games in all divisions from the Premier League to Division 4.

In 1993 he made the headlines when he was knocked to the ground by angry fans at Exeter after awarding a last-minute penalty against the home side in a key relegation battle against Port Vale.

In 1985 he was selected by FIFA to run the line in a World Cup qualifier between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland and in 1992 he officiated between Denmark against Germany, a match involving the then European champions against the World champions. 

Since 1993 he has been a referee assessor with the Premier League, the Football League and the Football Association.

A radio station broadcasting 24/7 is hungry for programmes and sport has a huge attraction particularly in Africa, and so our programmes attract audiences giving us a great advantage over other types of programmes. However, this is not the only value that Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa programmes add to a radio station.