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St Mary's Partners with John Paul II Foundation for Sport

St Mary’s University, Twickenham has entered into a significant partnership with John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S)

St Mary’s University, Twickenham has entered into a significant partnership with John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S) following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 17th February. The partnership will see St Mary’s work with JP2F4S to explore the development of new initiatives and approaches to sport education. St Mary’s will work with JP2F4S to develop resources which can be incorporated into the University’s curriculum and explore the development of new sports programmes. As part of the partnership, JP2F4S will also have a hot desk at St Mary’s and access to the University’s vast learning resourses and libraries. St Mary’s has had a long relationship with the foundation as it was launched on campus during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in 2010. The JP2F4S is inspired by St John Paul II’s vision for sport, which has as its primary focus the building of spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness. The Foundation aims to enable young people to achieve inner peace through sport, guided by the principles identified by St John Paul II and set out in his declarations and writing. The Foundation supports the creation of new sports clubs in parishes and schools across the country, identifying teachers, trainers and coaches, who adopt the ethics and ethos of JP2F4S, to lead new and existing groups and teams. St Mary’s Vice-Chancellor Francis Campbell said, “I am proud that St Mary’s has partnered with the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, continuing the legacy of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the University in 2010. The work of the Foundation is important and I look forward to the Foundation being at St Mary’s in the near future”. JP2F4S CEO Mgr Vladimir Felzmann said, “ The MOU is a win, win event. St Mary’s wins, JP2F4S wins, the Church wins, society wins as we discover and generate synergies in sport, spirituality and education.”

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