Prominent footballers have been among around 500 athletes who have attended Christian Zoom devotional sessions hosted by Christians in Sport during lockdown.
Port Vale star Leon Legge was delighted to join so many believers for the faith-filled sessions.
He said: “What’s surprised me is the players – and the number of players – who follow Christ. Some of the players who have joined in the Whatsapp and Zoom sessions, I was quite surprised. It was good to see them getting involved.”
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward, has enjoyed being able to discuss faith in an open forum.
He added: “It’s great to be able to share your experiences about how you’re dealing with things. My faith doesn’t mean I’m not going to fear what’s out there or what’s going on in this situation, but my faith gives me the courage to walk through it. It helps me look to something which is bigger than this and bigger than myself so I can hold on to that.”
Meanwhile, Guyana manager and former Notts County defender Michael Johnson revelled at the number of backgrounds represented.
He said: “We are all at different spectrums in the sessions. Some may be new to it and just asking questions and some may have been involved with their faith for the past 30-40 years.
“What it does, it inspires and really motivates one another.”