Sport trains body and spirit for perseverance, effort, courage, balance, sacrifice, honesty, friendship and collaboration”
Sport is one means of developing a more positive sense of belonging and identity”
In his life and teachings, Pope 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 II Foundation for 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 Pope 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 new Catholic charity JP2F4S is promoting 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 will seek to support the creation of new sports clubs in parishes and schools across the country, starting in the Catholic Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood (the diocese that incorporated the 2012 Olympic Park).
It 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.
Once the work of the charity is established in these three London dioceses, the intention is to spread outwards as far as possible. This will include working with existing groups who are located outside these dioceses.
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.
The Foundation for Sport, launched in the UK by Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of his visit in September 2010 became a Registered Charity (1144087) in the UK in September 2011.
This charity was launched in Archbishop’s House, Westminster, on Wednesday 26 October 2011 and is now based in Vaughan House, 46 Frances Street, London, SW1P 1QN.
Sport can walk hand in hand with faith!