HOLY COACH: Jason Barker helps coach the South Grafton Rebels under-8’s team. PHOTO: Debrah Novak
HOLY COACH: Jason Barker helps coach the South Grafton Rebels under-8’s team. PHOTO: Debrah Novak

Jason’s ‘Ministry of Sport’ shows community spirit

LOCAL father, Jason Barker, has lent much of his time to help coach the junior South Grafton Rebels teams.

"I've been coaching junior rugby league for a while now," Barker said.

"I focus more on the mini-leagues, so under-10s and below.

"They're at that age where they don't take footy as seriously as the older guys do and they're all learning the rules.

"It's great to be able to help the kids on the footy field."

Like most community members, there is more to Jason Barker than meets the eye.

Barker is a Presbyterian minister at a South Grafton church, and takes time out of his days to teach scripture at South Grafton Public School.

The interesting combination catches some people off-guard, but it is those "bible-bashing stereotypes" Barker is helping to disprove.

"It's great to be able to show you can believe in God and still play footy," Barker said.

"My role at the Rebels helps me to be somewhat of a surrogate father to some of the kids.

"There are a few kids that come from broken homes and I can talk to the kids and make sure they're okay.

"By the end of the year I end up getting to know some of the kids quite well."



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