Publications & Presentations

Published Articles

Holistic education through sport

This presentation focuses on ‘Holistic education through sport’  to which JP2F4S is committed. It was given by Mgr Vladimir Felzmann at the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity in York [25-28, August 2016].

It is in three parts:

  1. Setting the scene
  2. A brief historical overview of the Church-Sport relationship
  3. Holistic Education in practice: the work of the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport

While there are those who are suspicious of sport as being pagan and with idolatrous tendencies, the author’s, RC view is that, at its best – as taught by JP2F4S – sport can be sacramental: glorifying God and enabling people to fulfil their God-given human potential.

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Sport can be transformative of the individual and the community

These articles are the result of talks given at St Mary’s University, by JP2F4S CEO Mgr Vladimir Felzmann, prior to the 2012 London Games. In them Mgr Felzmann emphasises how much can be learned about life through sport; how at its best and perceived through the eyes of faith, sport can be sacramental; and how sport can be transformative of the individual and the community.

First published in The Tablet prior to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympics Games

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Catholic Soccer Schoolmasters

Bribes and Bans: Handsome Tom Maley and Manchester City

Sport has probably never been as important to many people as it is today. Indeed the next few years see a veritable sporting feast in Britain. The 2012 Olympics are an obvious starting point but in addition there will be the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2013, the World Athletics Championships in London in 2014 and the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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Bertie Fulton, Belfast Celtic and the 1936 Olympic Games

Bertie Fulton (1906-1979) deserves his place in Ireland’s pantheon of sporting heroes. He played 42 times for Ireland at football, 21 of these appearances were for the full national side and the remainder for the Irish amateur team. He represented Great Britain in the infamous ‘Nazi’ Olympics in Berlin in 1936 and was a coach of the Ireland youth team as well as a summariser on BBC TV for Ireland football matches. During his long football career (he played from 1918 to 1943) he was closely associated with Belfast Celtic, the most famous Catholic football club in Ireland.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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Jackie Burns, Football and Amateurism

In the third of his articles on soccer schoolmasters Colm Hickey, of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport examines the career of J. C. Burns, an amateur international footballer and teacher at the London Oratory School.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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John Gilroy, President of the Referees’ Association 1938-48

In this his fourth article on soccer schoolmasters who trained as teachers at St Mary’s College in London, Dr. Colm Hickey of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport looks at the career of John Gilroy who rose up the football ladder to become President of the Referees Association for ten years in the years before and after the Second World War.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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Chris Francis Duffy (Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Bury & Leicester City)

In this the fifth article on Soccer Schoolmasters, Dr. Colm Hickey (John Paul II Foundation for Sport) considers the career of Jarrow-born Chris Duffy who had a long career in professional football playing for a number of clubs while maintaining his teaching career and ending up with two headships in Newcastle.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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Hugh Bernard Slavin (Sheffield Wednesday)

In this the sixth article on Soccer Schoolmasters, Dr. Colm Hickey (John Paul II Foundation for Sport) explores the sporting and educational of Hugh Bernard Slavin who rose from amateur player to first division professional and from classroom teacher to headmaster of a Catholic school in Sheffield.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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Lawrence Gemson (Ayr United)

In this the seventh article on Soccer Schoolmasters, Dr. Colm Hickey, Director of Education at the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, returns to Scotland to consider the life and times of Lawrence Gemson, a prominent educationalist, talented sportsman and devout Catholic who, as well as spending 40 years in education, still found time to manage Ayr Unitedas well as being a Director of the Board.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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John Callistus Kilkenny OBE, Yorkshire Amateurs, Corinthians and England

In this the eighth article on Soccer Schoolmasters, Dr. Colm Hickey, Director of Education at the John Paul II Foundation for Sport examines the life and career of J. C. Kilkenny OBE who represented England Amateurs at football and rose to become the Director of Physical Education for the Royal Air Force.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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Gerald Louis McCrossan: Albion Rovers and Ayr United

In this the ninth article on Soccer Schoolmasters, Dr. Colm Hickey, Director of Education at the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, returns to Scotland to evaluate the career of Gerald Louis McCrossan who taught in a number of schools there and was a prominent educationalist who campaigned for the rights of Catholic teachers as well as playing football for two Scottish league clubs in the years leading up to the First World War.

First published in Catholic Life by the publishers of The Tablet Catholic Weekly

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