Our chaplains, on average provide 9 hours per week of pastoral care support per club, attending club functions, training, game day, phone calls, texting, catching up with club members and being available to the club.
Over the year we estimate an average chaplain provides 490 care moments with people. This may be as simple as a “Gidday” to a struggling young fella, to a hospital visit, personal debrief, an encouraging text message or a casserole to a family struggling with loss.
The SCA network and affiliates have hundreds of chaplains serving in sports like AFL, Netball NRL, Tennis, Motor Sports, ASP Surfing, F1, Cricket, Life-Saving and Pony clubs to name just a few.
Sports chaplains provide a club a wide range of advantages and benefits including,
- providing clubs with a member care strategy
- being a private, safe and listening ear for members going through tough times
- all are volunteers
- critical incident and trauma first responders
- suicide aware
- a great person to go to when a club has ‘people’ issues
- assist clubs committed to building healthy, stable and caring community
- provide a sustainable strategy ‘on-top-of’ training strategies – chaplains are there when trainers leave!
- they are a trusted member of the local club or sports community