Crowds flock to summer events
Over 120 sports people from all over Nottinghamshire have been enjoying a full programme of sports events this summer, all courtesy of the Ministry of Sport.
On Saturday 10th June our 9th annual Golf Day was a huge success at picturesque Oakmere Park. Special guest this year was former Ryder Cup player Malcolm Gregson, who offered practical advice to the 30-strong field as they played, and after we had enjoyed a delicious 2-course meal, spoke engagingly on his life in golf, his Christian faith and his battle with throat cancer.
A fortnight later it was time for our 6-a-side Football Tournament, at the new venue of Bar Lane Community Sports Centre in Basford. After a hard-fought group stage and knockout tournament, Beeston Free were victorious over St Albans in the final, with last year's winners St Nics FC winning the plate competition.
St Nics manager and outgoing Sports Ministry Intern Ben Wildman shared a half-time thought on the Christian faith through a sporty lens. You can watch a short excerpt from his talk here:
It was time to launch a new event on the weekend of 1st and 2nd July. On the eve of Wimbledon, West Bridgford Tennis Centre hosted the Ministry of Sport Tennis Open, with singles competition or the Saturday and doubles on the Sunday. In the singles, Matt Robson beat off all the competition to claim the trophy, while in the doubles title went to Dom Conidi and Andrew Scanlon. After the action, Ben and Rob shared a thought on the Christian faith, challenging those there to reconsider the impact God can have in our lives. You can watch a clip from the singles competition here:
Please pray that the fun, hospitality and words spoken at these events would continue to strike a chord with those who came. Keep an eye out for these events in returning 2018!