Spirit in Sport Internships

Spirit in Sport is an established and growing Christian ministry which depends on teamwork and the contribution of a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, generations, and walks of life, and with unique experiences, talents, and gifts. 

We are open to people considering taking part in an internship here at our centre, whether you have a specialised area of interest and ability, or are happy just to help wherever there is need. 

Our internship programmes last for a minimum of 3 months and up to 10 months, and are designed to make a meaningful contribution to our service while giving young Christians excellent practical experience, professional, personal and spiritual development, networks and insight. 

The internship involves living in Portsmouth (unless the intern already lives locally and prefers to stay at home), serving at our Spirit in Sport base in Somerstown and with our outreach activities, as well as supporting our partner organisations in the city, attending and serving at a local church that is familiar to our organisation, and taking part in our regular Bible study group. 

This would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone who would like to work in a committed team of people with a passion to serve the local community with local organisations and churches, get stuck in wherever the need is most, and grow us a Christian. 


A volunteer would work with the Spirit in Sport team as a sports coach and/or in an office-based role. While we expect a willingness and an open mind to work wherever there is a need, and whether it is great or small, the exact roles and responsibilities can be tailored through our flexible intern development programme. The role is likely to include all or some of the following:


as a trainee Sports Camp sports coach

spaces for community activities



for our charity

in mentoring and development reviews

our building space

Learning and

Development Programme

  • Welcome pack

  • New starter online announcement

  • Progress database

  • Review meeting

  • Careers Cafe support

  • Reference and CV support

  • Team Away Days


  • Year 1 Empower Bible Academy (10 month internship only)

  • Careers Cafe

  • Sports & Fitness

  • External networking & experience


  • At the heart of Portsmouth, Southsea and the south, easy access to London and even Europe


  • Essential

    – Aged between 18-30
    – Practising Christian
    – Openness to different backgrounds and faiths
    – Interest in sports and community support
    – English speaking
    – Desire to grow and be stretched Teachable
    – Open minded, patient, and empathetic communicator
    – Willingness to carry out tasks
    – Flexibility and adaptability.
    – Willingness to step out of the comfort zone
    – In good health and physically active
    – A respect for policy and procedures
    – Commitment to a healthy public image and reputation
    – Clean criminal record

  • Desirable

    – A testimony and evidential personal relationship with Jesus Christ
    – Interest or skill to apply and develop Regular sports participation
    – Online communication competency
    – GCSEs or equivalent qualifications


Between 3-10 months from September

In and around Portsmouth. Accommodation provided in Portsmouth if required.

Our commitment to you includes the following:

  • Delivering different ministry strategies, serving and hospitality, through training and practical involvement;
  • To be equipped for local organisations and churches and to encourage and inspire local church ministry to and through sport;
  • To develop a particular skill or interest or a full range of general skill-base
  • To be directly supported and supervised but also out of your comfort zone
  • Accommodation, food and general living expenses or travel expenses if living locally and travelling in.

60% direct work with Spirit in Sport and 40% with other local charities and organisations, attending and serving at church, cultural, physical and personal activities, and rest. 

For an application form or for more details please contact Chris Cox at Spirit in Sport at chris@spiritinsport.org.uk 

Interviews are scheduled for Autumn.