Leading the team of SCNZ Sports Chaplains in Central North Island is Willie Bryant.

Based in Manawatu, Willie is known for talking to anyone and everyone, and brings a huge heart and fantastic sense of humour to our team.

A trained teacher, Willie is great at getting alongside people and helping them feel understood and heard. He is always representing us proudly and yarning to everyone about what we do - we’ve never seen him without his SCNZ cap on!

If he’s not making new friends, Willie is collecting old LPs from the 60's-80's, NZ stamps, or Barry Crump 1st edition books. You may also find him playing guitar, running men’s groups, or training basketball referees (he’s HUGE on basketball!)

Contact: [email protected]

Central Sports Chaplain Count: 7

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2024 Trainings

Don't miss out on the opportunity to become a Sports Chaplain. Completing your training through our Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand training programme is mandatory and covers all foundational material needed to become an SCNZ accredited Sports Chaplain. This a blended learning experience with an online course covering 22 topics and 1 day in-person workshop. The online component takes approximately 20 hours to complete.

The next training cohort for 2024 begins on July 1st - don't leave it too late to get in touch!

Workshops - absolute highlights!

Each new Sports Chaplain we train brings their own flare, personality, and faith background. We really value coming together in fellowship for Stronger Together meetings, and workshops, as we learn so much about our new team mates, and hear more about their cultures and backgrounds.

Our workshops are a great way to connect personally and learn through discussion and scenarios.

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We have a national Facebook page where there are posts about what we are up to as an organisation, updates on all regions around New Zealand, inspirational material, and details around training and workshops.

This page is for everyone - please don't hesitiate to click that follow button! Our national SCNZ page here.

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National Newsletter

We write and release newsletters throughout the year that tell our success stories, update our supporters on what we've been up to, and hopefully encourage readers in life and their own journey! If you're keen to stay up to date with Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand by joining our mailing list, click here.

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