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Christians target footballers to spread the Gospel

BY JOE JENKINS

FOOTBALLERS ARE OFTEN admired for their legs more than their ball skills. During Euro 96, the European Championship hosted by the Football Association throughout June, it is more specifically footballers' knees that will be the focus of attention. If they are bent, in a kneeling position,

Christians in Sport will want to know about it.

The ecumenical evangelising charity, with the backing of evangelical Catholic golfer Bernhard Langer and hurdler Kriss Akabusi, are hoping to attract the unconverted to God. The charity has already recruited to its football team luminaries like the BBC commentator John Matson and

Chelsea star Gavin Peacock.

It hopes to interest parishes to organise 5-a-side football tournaments, which will attract non-Christians into participating in Christian worship as well as a kick-about in the park. The charity, which hopes to publish an English edition of an American "sports Bible" in time for Euro 96, says that it has had limited

involvement with the Catholic Church and describes the relationship to date as "not great", but a spokesman told the Catholic Herald that he hopes that Catholics will play a greater part in the charity in the future.

For further information write to Christians in Sport, PO BOX 93, Oxford, OX2 7YP.




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