Vision and Mission

John Paul II waves goodbye to the UK

Sport trains body and spirit for perseverance, effort, courage, balance, sacrifice, honesty, friendship and collaboration”
John Paul II

Sport is one means of developing a more positive sense of belonging and identity”
Vincent Nichols – Archbishop of Westminster

The inspiration behind the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport (JP2F4S) is St John Paul’s own vision of sport as a means of building spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness.

In his life and teachings, St John Paul II showed that every sport, at both the amateur and the competitive level, requires basic human qualities such as rigorous preparation, continual training, awareness of one’s personal limits, fair play, acceptance of rules, respect for one’s opponent and a sense of solidarity and unselfishness.

The John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport charity therefore aims to enable an ever increasing number of people – in particular the young – to achieve inner peace through sport guided by the principles identified by St John Paul II and set out in his declarations and writing.

Although Catholic in inspiration, it is – as Christ is – for all. Whatever their race, ethnicity, economic situation, background or belief, age or ability, whether they are single or partnered, they are God’s beloved and are welcome in JP2F4S.

Building on the wave of interest generated by the London Games, the Catholic charity JP2F4S promotes sport as a catalyst and conduit to enable all people to embrace a greater vision of, and higher values for, themselves and those around them.

With this in mind, the Foundation supports the creation of new sports clubs in parishes and schools across the country.

Fencing - Courtesy of Mount St Mary's and Barlborough Hall SchoolIt is JP2F4S’s vision that these sports groups will foster the growth of inner peace, respect for others, self-control and cooperation between young people, as well as enable all those interested in sport to develop the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual aspects of their lives (PIES).

The dream is to free up as many sports facilities as possible, particularly in the evenings and weekends, so that young people can get off the streets and play a sport – ‘from gangs to clubs’. The Foundation also plans to identify teachers, trainers and coaches, who adopt the ethics and ethos of JP2F4S, to lead new and existing groups and teams.

The new and regenerated sports groups will also provide some of the Olympians of the future as well as support UK plc to become fitter and healthier.

Our vision is to also bring all those organisations (see our Links page) who are already doing incredible work in the UK, and internationally, together to share best practice, campaign on issues we have in common and support each other to achieve our goals.

Sport can walk hand in hand with faith!