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Well, here we are half way through the year and it has flown by. Germany have once again won the World Cup and the Brazilian people should be congratulated for making the finals a wonderful spectacle. Like many I was hopeful that England would do well but unfortunately it was disappointment again! It was however good to see so many youngsters performing well and the future looks promising? January was a quiet month for me but that allowed me to step back & take stock. Since then I have been very busy. Attending many events and talks. I hope you will find the following stories from some of the events I have attended interesting and encouraging. My role with Christians in Sport is developing and you can link to their online magazine Back Pages, that just happens to have an interview with me, but more importantly, it will give you an insight in to what the organisation is about. The link is at the foot of this page. I hope you enjoy my latest newsletter and would welcome your comments and feedback. I am working to add more content in future editions, so if you have a story that you think may be of interest to our readers, then get in touch. Enjoy the lovely summer we are having and remember this isn't a dress rehearsal it's now or never! Enjoy and God bless

Linvoy


COACHING IN SERBIA M ick M ello w s, o ur ‘F ait h and F o o t b all’ ch ar it y d ir ect o r , and I w er e invit ed t o

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The experience was amazing and our hearts were touched by the welcome we received from the church there. We put on football sessions for three mornings with numbers increasing each day up to 200 youths and adults on the third day. Each evening Tim preached the gospel to crowds of 3,000-4,000 with large numbers becoming Christians with many miraculous healing's. We came away challenged by the faith we saw and with a determination to support them through provision of an ongoing Faith & Football Serbia programme. This is what Misha our young host and translator had to say. "I simply didn't know that football can have such an impact. The sense of community grew so much and now we are having people being interested in church and God (because they want some more football) but again it is an open door to the gospel. The Roma people feel much more important in life, much more valuable as human beings since you guys came in and made all of us feel this way. After a long, long time they started feeling as human beings because of your love and acceptance despite all of the discrimination that we've been through. There is a sense of love and hope again in them and I am very happy to see that happening.”


GANDHI TAKEAWAY CHARITY My many thanks to The Gandhi Indian Takeaway in Fareham who have kindly donated £300 to the Faith and Football Charity. Customers of the Gandhi Indian Takeaway in Anjoy Crescent, Fareham, helped to raise £900 in total which was split between the Mayor’s Appeal and Faith and Football. I attended the evening along with Fareham Mayor, Cllr Susan Bayford, who was there to support the event and raise money for the Rainbow Centre, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and disabled equestrian charity RDA Tradissar.

Gandhi owner Abu-Sayeb said: “It was a wonderful night. We had a busy evening and people donated some extra money for the night helping to raise another two or three hundred pounds. It’s becoming one of the events on the Fareham social calendar.” The event has taken place for several years and I was grateful to Abu-Sayeb for choosing Faith and Football as one of the charities to support. It was a great evening and I would like to thank the customers of The Gandhi Takeaway for their generosity and support for the event. I hope this can become a regular event in the future for our charity.


“ TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING ”


“ OVER TEN YEARS AGO, AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER. I BELIEVE HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU ”


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Rugby Churches Together I spent time with the huge gathering of men at Rugby Churches Together, that included a day of football coaching. With over 40 kids & adults I had to be a bit creative but it was great to see and hear lots of laughter from all. Hopefully they learnt a bit!

Student Life - Agape Student Life is a university based society for anyone to explore life’s big questions, Who Jesus is, and how we can connect with God. Early in March I joined their Oxford University Agape group as one of six speakers in a six-week course in which people from all walks of life shared their testimonies, including a politician a musician and ex-porn star, I'm shall be heading over to Cambridge later in the year to attend a similar event. Mayor of Wigan - Media City UK -FGBFI A few days later, after an evening spent in Manchester with Heaton Moor church, I had an early date the next morning as guest speaker at the Lord Mayor of Wigan’s Prayer Breakfast at Leigh Sporting Village. The event was attended by councillors, pastors and council staff. A couple of hours later I travelled over to the Media City UK at Salford Quays at the invitation of their chaplain to speak to BBC and ITV staff there at a lunchtime Christian Fellowship event. That visit also gave me the opportunity to visit the TV studios and the Coronation Street set. To complete my busy day I attended a Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International event in the evening during which I heard of their fund-raising in support of their great work in Kenya.

Cambridge United Football Club It was good to meet up with Rev Stuart Wood, the Cambridge United F C chaplain. I had been invited as his guest speaker at a dinner/quiz night at the club organised and hosted by him. One of its aims is to encourage people to find out more about Alpha or Christianity Explorer courses to be held in the future. With the club having recently won the FA Trophy at Wembley there was a great atmosphere on the night, although I had mixed emotions about knowing that they had beaten Gosport, Borough FC, one of our local sides, in the final! ‘More Than Gold’ In Glasgow Soon after that I found myself north of the border in Glasgow speaking during the interval at a Curry and Quiz Night held in support of their More Than Gold initiative which aims to help Glasgow churches make the most of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games later this year.


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STEVE LEGG OF WESTGATE SCHOOL-ALPHA. A PORTSMOUTH FAMILY CHURCH AFTER AN ALPHA LAUNCH AT KING’S CHURCH IN EASTBOURNE, MY NEXT DATE BROUGHT A REUNION WITH STEVE LEGG, THE COMEDY MAGICIAN, FOR AN EVENING AT THE HITCHIN CHRISTIAN CENTRE. KNOWING STEVE FOR MANY YEARS IT WAS GREAT WORKING WITH HIM AGAIN. HIS MAGAZINE SORTED, IS READ ALL OVER THE WORLD AND I AM SO GRATEFUL HOW HE HAS SUPPORTED ME OVER THE YEARS. A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER I VISITED WESTGATE SCHOOL TO GIVE A MOTIVATIONAL TALK AND THE MONTH CAME TO AN END WITH AN ALPHA LAUNCH AT PORTSMOUTH FAMILY CHURCH.

St Mark’s Church, Kensal. Rise Ambassadors Football GB My first date of the month took me to north-west London to a men’s outreach event at St Mark’s Church in Kensal Rise. Two days later I was back in the capital as a guest of Ambassadors Football GB. This Christian football outreach is dedicated to the transforming of individuals and communities through football and held their 11th annual London Churches Youth Football Tournament at the London Soccer Dome. I was there to speak the gospel message during a break in the games that was well received. It was great to see so many youngsters playing football and having fun, it reminded me of my younger days playing in similar tournaments. NEWQUAY AFC IN MID-MAY I HAD A VERY BUSY WEEKEND, FIRST VISITING MOUNT WISE THE HOME OF NEWQUAY AFC TAKING IN THEIR MINI-TOURNAMENT FOR UNDER 10’S AND UNDER 9’S, AND THEN SPEAKING AT THEIR CLUBHOUSE IN THE EVENING TO THE PARENTS. THE NEXT MORNING I WAS THE GUEST SPEAKER AT NEWQUAY CHRISTIAN CENTRE TO ROUND OFF WHAT WAS A GREAT WEEKEND.

King’s Church Centre, Bolton-Football 1st Academy-‘Be Strong’ It was back to the north-west for a weekend with the King’s Church Centre in Bolton at their ‘Guest Sunday’ Service, but before that on the Saturday night I presented the awards at Bolton’s Football 1st Academy. It was also good to meet Darren Armstrong from the church. Darren was a former drug addict and now is involved with his ‘Be Strong’ charity project, that provides structured rehabilitation programmes and supervised physical training as well as mentoring support for drug addicts and habitual offenders. Keep up the good work Darren!


“Two Amazing things happen in our lives. When we are born and when we find our purpose� From a 17 year old boy I met in Stratford upon Avon.


Linvoy backs the work of the volunteers at The Bognor Regis Foodbank - June 2014 I officially opened the service’s new base in Argyle Road, from which the helpers give out more than 200 food parcels a month. This is about people helping their neighbours. It’s very simple. If there’s a need, let’s meet that need. Going hungry was often the cause of many problems for individuals. The food bank mirrored a service I helped to start when I played for Portsmouth in the Premier League. We knew as Christians we really wanted to support the community. One of the biggest problems was a lack of food. Kids were leaving home in the morning without having breakfast. I decided we would run a breakfast club. It was difficult to start with, no donations and no people to support us. But the community rallied together and that’s what I see here today - the community is rallying together. The charity was launched in April 2012 and is one of 400 in the UK overseen by the Trussell Trust. The Bognor Foodbank is run by the town’s Vineyard and open gate churches. It was based in the Vineyard offices in Waterloo Square until it outgrew the space. John Madell, the foodbank’s director and a trustee, said more than 3,000 food parcels had given out since the service’s launch. The monthly number kept growing. Each parcel contained supplies for three days for individuals or families who were passed on by various agencies for up to three parcels. “It’s not our intention to support people for ever more,” said Mr Madell. “We try to find out what their underlying problem is and point them in the right direction.” Support from the public was crucial. Three tons of food was collected recently in three days at Tesco.

www.bognorregis.foodbank.org.uk


And Finally‌‌ With things not going that great at Portsmouth Football Club last season, it looked as if we were going to be relegated from the football league for the first time in our history. This would have been terrible for not only the football club, but also the city of Portsmouth itself as the club is a beacon for the whole city and it would have without a doubt effected the city in a negative way. I know a lot of Pompey fans, and I can tell you now that there would have been a lot of questions asked if we had gone down.

Thankfully though, Andy Awford was given the nod to become the clubs caretaker manager after Richie Barker was sacked earlier this year. If I'm honest, Andy did a superb job to keep us in the football league after the club wasn't left in that good of shape. Perhaps if results had gone our way earlier in the season we could have made a late push for the playoffs. But I'm just happy that i can still watch the boys play in the football league. I was delighted to then further find out that Andy had been given the manager role at Pompey on a permanent basis, as I know he is the right man to lead the club back to where we belong.

Hopefully this summer we will be able to make some sufficient signings to give the squad some depth so we can be up the top challenging for the League Two title. On the back of that, I already believe that we already have one of the strongest teams in the division, so hopefully it won't be that hard! The addition of Craig Westcarr has really impressed me as it shows that the club are looking to make a statement this coming season. Furthermore, a number of the youngsters at the club are looking like they might be ready to take the leap into first team football and play with the big boys.

I hope you are all looking forward to the new season as much as I am!


“If you only do one thing today…. make it worthwhile”

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