Castleford Tigers have announced the appointment of Paul Howell as the club chaplain.
A pastor at Christchurch, at Xscape, Paul will offer support to help those associated with the club.
On taking up the appointment, he said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of being club chaplain to Castleford Tigers.
“I will be able to offer pastoral and spiritual support to players, staff and supporters of the club.”
Tigers’ player welfare manager Steve Ball said: “Paul can be a valuable independent listening ear to help members of our sporting organisation and fans through life’s challenges.
“The confidential support on offer can help athletes of all faiths and beliefs to share concerns or personal issues that they may not be willing to discuss elsewhere.”
Head coach Daryl Powell said: “As a coach I have had a number of experiences where a chaplain has had a huge influence on the well being of everyone at the club.
“Having met Paul he strikes me as a top quality person who is perfect for the chaplain role at Castleford Tigers and I would like to give him a big welcome to the club.”
Supporters who wish to contact the new chaplain can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org