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New chaplain for Havant football club

A vicar from Portsmouth's Anglican diocese has been asked to become a chaplain for a football team ...

A vicar from Portsmouth's Anglican diocese has been asked to become a chaplain for a football team.

The Rev Andy Wilson, vicar of Christ Church in Widley, is now also chaplain for Havant and Waterlooville Football Club.

The position involves offering pastoral and spiritual support to people of all faiths and those of no faith. Andy will offer advice in a sensitive, non-judgmental way to players, staff and fellow supporters.

Andy has been a football fan since he was a child. He has supported Havant and Waterlooville since moving to the area and becoming vicar in 2007. In 2013 he was licensed as curate at the two neighbouring parishes of Crookhorn and Purbrook, as well as remaining vicar of Christ Church, Widley.

“I hope I can support those with a Christian faith,” said Andy, “but I will be there to listen and offer support to anyone at the club who wants it. It is an exciting role for me to take on and I'm looking forward to getting to know the players and staff.”
 
Havant and Waterlooville FC play in the Conference South – the sixth tier of the football league pyramid.

Photo: Andy with Lee Bradbury, manager of Havant and Waterlooville Football Club

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