The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Sports Ministry is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5, as Higher Education Programme.

This course is a foundation for Sports Ministry. Sports ministry, broadly defined, is any approach that uses sports to bring people closer to God, learning how to live their beliefs in the world of sports. Through sports and games, the Sports Minister evangelises and helps others to live a good Christian life. 

Thus this course provides a basis for persons who are already involved in 1) Sports, or 2) Christian Ministry or 3) An Educational Institution (or a combination of the three; and is interested in taking up the role of Sports Minister. It broadens the perspective of their present role and guides them to use it as a means of evangelisation. 

  • Youth leaders interested in Sports/Physical Activity,  
  • Sports persons (coaches, athletes, club admin. members) interested in Sports Ministry,  
  • School chaplains, PE teachers, and Teachers interested in both areas (sports & spirituality). 

Target Audience Age: 19-30 & 31-65  years old

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
ASM5001– 2 Half-Day Seminars
– Practicum Sessions
– 2 Lectures

This module will serve as an introduction, presenting an overall description of what Sports Ministry is and its role in the Church and world today. For this reason, this module will present and explore the Global Movement, delve into the history of the interaction between religion and sport, especially in Christianity, and present Biblical and Church documents’ references to sports. This module will also present the basic values of Sports Ministry which will be further explored throughout the course.  

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
ASM5002– Practicum sessions
– Weekly Lectures

This module aims to reveal the natural values that are inherent in play/sports and how these values serve one’s personal development. The aim is to help Christians learn how to integrate their lives (especially in relation to sports) in a way that their core Christian values are lived out authentically and to the full. 

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
ASM5003Weekly Lectures2 ECTS

The aim of this module is for participants to learn about the true values of sports and the inter-relationship with Christian/Biblical values.  

Learn how to experientially transmit the true values of sports through the different myriad of sports/play activities. This will be applied in a way to address the specific age groups that form our parishes, communities and educational institutions, through the integration of Christian/Biblical teachings.  

To understand that the value-based programmes can also be extended to mainstream coaching and to influence secular spheres within our communities. 

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
ASM5004– Weekly Lectures
– Practicum

The local community is central to God’s work. This module will explore and identify ways in which different groups in the local community can make stronger and healthier communities across generations. It illustrates the various ways in which sports has been serving in building God’s Kingdom. Learners will be able to learn sport-related skills and language to teach the values and apply learnt knowledge to their particular setting. Learners will also be able to organise and create sport camps and festivals according to their specific context, looking also at the practical aspect of such organisation

Lecturers:  Rev Bernard Micallef

Mode of Attendance: Part-Time
Hal-Day Seminar21.10.202309:00 – 12:00Archbishop`s Seminary, Rabat
Tuesday24.10.202318:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute Floriana
Tuesday31.10.202318:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute Floriana
Hal-Day Seminar04.11.202309:00 – 12:00Archbishop`s Seminary, Rabat

Lecturers: Mr Karl Cortis & Mr David Azzopardi

Mode of Attendance: Part-Time
Thursdays18.01.2024 – 29.02.202418:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute, Floriana

Lecturers: Mr David Azzopardi & Mr Karl Cortis

Mode of Attendance: Part-Time
Thursdays07.03.2024 – 25.04.202418:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute, Floriana

Easter Recess between 25th March and 7th April 2024

Lecturers: Sr Rachel Camilleri ASGM

Mode of Attendance: Part-Time
Part 1: Theory
Thursdays16.05.2024 – 13.06.202418:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute, Floriana
Part 2: Practicum

Over the summer period, participants are asked to partake in 10 hours of practicum. Participants can choose to either take part in a Summer Camp or organise an activity in a youth group they are a member of. More information about this part of the course will be given to applicants during the course.

A mix of assessment methods will be employed to allow for different learning styles. They include:


  • Module 1: Written Assessment
  • Module 2:  Activity Observation 40% & Written Activity Report 60%

Assessment Explanation: To engage with a Christian-based organisation and devise either a plan of how a specific sports-based programme could be set up in their respective organisation or focus on one specific event/activity that can be held within the remit of the organisation. Eg. Lenten sessions using sports etc. 

  • Modules 3: Written Assessment
  • Module 4:  Activity Observation 40% & Written Activity Report 60%

Module 4 Assessment Explanation:  These will take into consideration these key criteria: activity content and design of the event, implementation and evaluation of an activity. 

Participants are expected to devise and put into practice the planned activity with a concluding evaluative report. The content and practice have to reflect in practice the principles learnt during the module. 

For this Assignment or Activity, participants are to take into consideration one of the following cohorts: young (4 to 10 years), adolescents (11-15 years), youth (16 – 30 years) and adults (31+). 

Final Award: Award in Sports Ministry

Duration: 1 years part-time including:

  • Contact hours – 48 hours
  • Supervised Placement and Practice Hours – 17 hours
  • Self-Study Hours – 95 hours
  • Assessment Hours – 40 hours

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Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 80% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment

EQF/MQF Level: Level 5

Accreditation Category: Higher Education Programme

Total ECTS: 8 ECTS

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute


The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Sports Ministry is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5, as Higher Education Programme.

Applicants must be in possession of:

  • Proficient in English  
  • Minimum Level: O level or equivalent 
  • Expressed interest in Evangelisation and Sport 
  • Participants must present POMA certification and clean police conduct. 

For courses offered in face-to-face learning and Blended Learning, it is required that applicants reside in the Maltese Islands and use their Maltese address in their application form.

For further information regarding visa requirements, head to Identity Malta’s VISA requirement for third-country nationals.


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