The Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer time will see among the planet’s high athletes in motion, writes Stewart McConnell.
Now a sports activities mentor and dedicated Christian is trying to assist folks from throughout Irvine develop some abilities.
But according to the Olympic perfect it’s the collaborating that counts for Robert Thomson, pictured above.
The Bridge of Weir man, who turns 35 at the moment, was lately appointed to work with the Irvine Sports Mission initiative by Irvine and Kilmarnock Presbytery.
This will contain enabling sport and sharing religion, health and friendships experiences throughout the Irvine space.
The problem is vastly thrilling for the sports activities buff, who mentioned: “I’m actually wanting ahead to working right here. I imagine I used to be known as by God to do that.
“The venture is geared toward making an attempt one thing new. It’s the best time, proper place and proper alternative.
“I had been operating my very own enterprise as a sports activities therapist however with Covid restrictions, it was very a lot diminished.”
He feels the church ought to attain out to folks, not await them to come back.
“It’s about going out and assembly folks the place they’re and doing issues with them shoulder to shoulder, aspect by aspect. The Church has a repute of preaching to folks.
“We need to go in alongside folks and in the event that they need to have a dialogue about religion at that time they’re greater than welcome to,” he added.
Robert, an everyday 5k runner, hopes the brand new mission may also fight isolation.
“There’s a loneliness epidemic and it’s a much bigger and extra pervasive drawback than the one we’ve been dealing with lately and we don’t have a vaccine for that.
“Hopefully it will assist,” mentioned Robert.
The new recruit admits he’s no sporting celebrity and mentioned: “I’m common in each manner however take pleasure in sport.”
But what sort of actions had been deliberate on the sports activities periods?
“We take heed to what folks need and wish and likewise make the most effective use we are able to of individuals’s passions.
“People thus far who’re actually keen about operating, biking and open water swimming – I’ve a sense I may be dragged into the open water,” he quipped.
“This venture is all about constructing relationships by way of shared pursuits.
There’s not the expectation that everybody who comes get extra concerned in church nevertheless it’s vital folks know they might be most welcome,” mentioned the mission pioneer.
Fullarton Church minister Neil Urquhart is wanting ahead to working with the sports activities fanatic.
He mentioned: “For seven years we had Stuart Forsyth as our sports activities improvement employee. Through new initiatives like strolling soccer by way of KA Leisure Friday night time soccer and numerous different actions.
“This is an opportunity to construct on optimistic relationships with folks within the city and promote health, physique, thoughts and spirit.”