Bishop Richard visits St Helens RLFC Chaplaincy

Bishop Richard visited Langtree Park yesterday to take a tour of the facilities and discuss the important role of Chaplaincy in Rugby League.

THE Bishop of Warrington visited Langtree Park this week to take a tour of the facilities and discuss the important role of Chaplaincy in Rugby League.

He met with Saints’ chaplains Gaz Tracey and Paul Day, alongside Stadium Operations Manager Mike Rush and Tony Puletua.

Saints have appointed Chaplains within the club to help address the welfare needs of all players and staff.

Bishop Richard said “I had a tremendous time visiting St Helens RLFC and am delighted with how they have embraced the idea of having a chaplaincy presence. I believe that in a pressured, competitive sports environment this level of spiritual, pastoral care for players and staff is extremely positive. I would be interested to see this grow and develop as a vital part of the club’s support for its staff.”

Chaplains have been resident at Saints since 2005 and currently two – Paul Day who looks after the welfare needs of the club’s back office staff, and Gaz Tracey who is involved with the players – are involved on a day to day basis.

“We look after the spiritual and pastoral needs of the club,” Gaz said. “That can range from people who have crises or questions of faith. We are there to help people out as in life there are many opportunities and options and it is often helpful to speak to someone who has their best interests in heart and is independent from the club.

“The RFL are really keen to support the Chaplaincy across the whole of Rugby League and Super League in particular and at Saints we’ve been embraced by the club , value and accepted.

“It’s an important role with the discussions going on within all sport about player welfare and I feel elite sports Chaplaincy will be heavily involved as we move forward with that debate.”