I have been given charge of this group of players,
to help them develop their strength and skills
and succeed in expressing themselves
in exercise and engagement with others,
especially their opponents in sport.
I am thankful for not being alone in this task,
for the assistance and advice
of colleagues in the club, (county, country).
Sometimes I sense
that I am as much a mentor and minister,
even a model for these players
which makes me anxious,
if not afraid.
I pray for confidence
to be as good a coach
as the players need.
Edited from Playing & Praying by Fr Kevin O’Gorman SMA, published by St Pauls Publishing, Ireland, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Tel: +353 1 628 5933. Available from St. Paul’s Bookshop, Athlone, or from the following link: Playing and Praying