Richard Fidler talks sport with Revd Peter Allen

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REVEREND Peter Allen, aged 50, is chaplain for sport in the diocese of Sheffield. He works across a number sports clubs and communities in the city providing chaplaincy support. Peter also lead Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy which provides chaplains for clubs across the city.

What have you been doing today?

Paperwork, emails, phone calls, visited a friend, and attended Wise Old Owls Lunch Club.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Anyone who serves without looking who is looking on.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I thought Bobby Charlton was not only a good player but a person who conducted himself with integrity.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I think that’s boxing.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Not sure but I do chat with the Almighty from time to time.

When was the last time you cried?

A few days ago.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My three children, Joe, Lydia, and Charles.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Be quick to listen and slow to speak.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I don’t think of what I do like that, more that it’s what I’m meant to do so I’ll keep doing it until that changes.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

Pen and paper, sorry that’s two but something to be able to write with.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

No particular occasion I can remember, although just before presiding at a funeral I can get a little nervous as I want to get it right.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Every now and then I wonder what difference I am making in what I do.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I think they are great innovations and used in the right proportion and spirit a good thing.

How do you relax away from sport?

Reading, walking, coffee drinking, watching TV.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

A Red Sea cruise. I’d go on a cruise again but try and see another part of the world.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I do cook but it’s nothing fancy, vegetarian is my favourite type of food.

What was the last book you read?

One of the Kurt Wallander stories by Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers I think.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I used to run a little snack bar and I think I could enjoy running something like that again.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I’m guessing it’s because I’m a clergyman who works in the world of sport.

Favourite TV programme?

Really enjoying Swedish/Danish cop show The Bridge on BBC4 at the moment.