England netballer gives glory to God

England Netball star Ellie Rattu has publicly declared that she plays the sport in worship of God.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 23-year-old explained that competing enables her to “glorify God in the gifts and abilities that he’s given us”.

Rattu, who made her debut for the national team in 2022, also volunteers as a Team Lead for Christians in Sport.


The netballer has previously revealed on Instagram that she prays with her teammates before each match.

“Whatever the outcome, we know that Jesus has already won us the ultimate victory and so we can play from a place of freedom knowing that our identity is secure in Him.

“Forever thankful that we don’t have to do this life alone and that we can have peace knowing that in all things He works for the good of those who love Him”.


Last year, Rugby World Cup winner Siya Kolisi testified to God after South Africa won the competition for a record-breaking fourth time.

Posting on Instagram, the Springboks’ captain referenced the team’s consecutive victories in 2019 and 2023 with the words: “Same God”. In the images, the name Jesus is clearly written on his wristbands as he points to the sky and holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup.

Speaking to Premier, Bruce Nadin, National Director of Sports Chaplaincy South Africa, said: “His growth as a disciple of Jesus has been amazing. It’s so easy to go out on the field, you know, and say, I give all the glory and honour to God, et cetera, et cetera when you’re winning.

“But what I’d say about Siya is that he’s authentically trying to live out his faith.”

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