Rob French

Director of Sports Ministry

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I work as the Director of Sports Ministry for Psalms and started in January 2017. I have been in the wonderful county of Gloucestershire since 2009 when I first came to study Sports Education at the University of Gloucestershire. I then worked as a Community and Sport Worker in Upper Rissington (near Bourton- on- the- Water) for three years with a Christian charity called CUR:ve. These were three fantastic years for me as I discovered some of the ways God can use sport in bringing communities together, building relationships and encouraging people to move closer towards Jesus. During this time I also completed a Masters in Sport and Christian Outreach. More recently I have worked for the Langley House Trust in a home that supports adults who are seeking to live crime free lives and make a positive contribution towards society. I love Jesus, humans and sport and am excited to see God at work through sport across Gloucestershire and beyond!

Andy Poole

Strategic Sports Minister – Nailsworth

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Andy worked as a youth outreach worker and sports coach in an international school in Waterloo Belgium for 1 year before he arrived at PSALMS to take his career to the next level. He studied at Nexus-Institute of Creative Arts in worship and secular music studies in guitar and theology for 3 years. He also has a National diploma in sport specifically in coaching development and fitness. Andy is passionate about working with young people in sport and giving young people an opportunity to grow in their faith through working in sport. “Showing the love of God to young people is the greatest privilege in life”.

Nathan Youlton

Strategic Sports Minister – Beacon Benefice

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I work as one of the Strategic Sports Ministers for Psalms and only recently started in September 2017. Prior to this I had the pleasure of working as an Assistant Chaplain for 2 years in Dean Close School in Cheltenham, where I thoroughly enjoyed supporting and getting alongside young people through the combination of sport and faith. However, my interest in this type of ministry stretches back to my degree in Sport & Exercise Science, and provided me with a exciting direction with which to place my passions. Due to this, I stepped out of university and straight into an internship with Ambassadors Football, working in South & East London. That year, helped blossom my attitude and confidence in the way sport could break down barriers, build community and bring people to Jesus, and has stayed with me ever since.

Emily Twigg

Strategic Sports Minister – Stonehouse

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I’m PSALMS’ new Strategic Sports Minister as of September 2018, and will be working specifically in the Stonehouse area. I am so excited to be joining the team, getting to know you all, having Stonehouse as my base, and can’t wait to get to see what God has in store for us! I have previously been working as a youth minister for a Baptist Church in Suffolk, and am an ordained Baptist Youth Minister, having trained at Bristol Baptist College where I did a theology and youth and community study degree.

I have a real heart for young people, and showing and sharing the love of Christ and Gospel with them in word and deed, whatever their background or view of God. I have seen in previous roles how sport can communicate the Gospel in a fresh, relatable way, whilst also reaching young people (and adults), the church would traditionally not come into contact with, and am thrilled to be joining an organisation where this is their focus. Tennis is my sport of choice, and once settled I am hoping to join a club and further down the line explore whether we might be able to use tennis in PSALMS’ sports ministry. Outside of this I love baking, going to the cinema, going for walks by the sea and being crafty!

Ben Fudge

Sports Minister – Thameshead Benefice

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Hi – I started with PSALMS in September 2017 as an Intern and now work as a Sports Minister. I had previously spent three years living in Cambridge, where I completed an undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin University. I have been involved and interested in sport my whole life, that mainly being football, but I enjoy virtually any sport on offer! One of my biggest passions in life is seeing how sport can be used as a starting block for children and youth to explore and discuss what they believe. I have a heart for people and love combining sport and God as a job! I have loved my time here so far and I am excited to be staying around as a Sports Minister starting in September 2018 along with getting married in October!

Louise Rees-Cansdale


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I’m Louise and I am an intern for PSALMS. I grew up in Birmingham and moved to Gloucestershire for university where I studied for a youth work degree. Having spent three years working alongside PSALMS as part of my studies I was able to see how sports ministry can work to reach young people. Seeing the impact it can have on young people really encouraged me to get involved with the internship to develop my practice further. I love working with young people and have a heart to see them come to know Jesus. I’m excited to see what the year has in store and how sport and faith can work together to engage with young people.

Oli Porter


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Hello! As part of my studies at the university of Bath (studying Sport and Social Sciences), I have been gifted with the opportunity to complete a placement year as a Sports Ministry Intern with PSALMS.

Anyone who knows me would say if there are 3 things I’m passionate about, it is: Jesus, People and Sport. My life revolves around these passions as I try to seek the Kingdom, often in places where I’m around all sorts of people, especially in sporting settings. My course at university caters to these passions, offering extensive opportunities to consider how sport can be used/altered for the better- including the realms of the Church and the Christian faith. This is what led me to PSALMS, as I’ll not only be undertaking local Sports Ministry but considering how Sports Ministry can best be used on larger scale.