In this week’s edition of “Meet the Coach”, we speak to Joe Lowther, CEO of Kick London.
1. Who are you, where are you from, how long have you been involved with Kick London, and what is your role?
My names Joe Lowther. I am a Christian, husband to one, father of three, brother to three. I am from Richmond, London. I have been at Kick London for 2 years and I am the Chief Executive.
2. What are your favourite sports, teams, affiliations, and such like?
Love Manchester United and the energy generated from following football. I think rugby is the best sport in the world – involving all shapes and sizes with more scores plus England are pretty competitive at this unlike the footballs sadly. To play I am a tennis player and I was built to play cricket growing up. Never had the skill for football nor the brawn for rugby but I had the reflexes and height for tennis and cricket.
3. How do you come to be a part of the Kick London family?
My father was a founding trustee so I knew of it when it started in 2002/03. I was then approached by the Board of Trustees in 2013 and after praying about it I felt called to come to Kick London.
4. What has been your best highlight while working for Kick London?
Launching new Kick Academies, seeing our work impact new young people and hearing stories of how we are transforming lives across London.
5. What is the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?
“How can Jesus be in my heart but also in Heaven? And can dinosaurs fly space ships?”
6. Does faith affect sport? If so, how?
In my opinion and as a Christian I am convinced that faith can have a great impact in sport. I believe that God created us with bodies, to enjoy pushing those to extremes and that it’s exciting to play or follow sport. My faith challenges me to play sport in way which embraces playing in a way which is committed, fair and considers others.
7. What is your personal sporting highlight, either for you or the team/person you support?
Seeing Ryan Giggs single handedly beat the Double winning Arsenal team in 99 on his own in the FA Cup Semi Final Replay at Villa Park. United went on to win the Treble and following that night 3 consecutive Premier League titles. Amazing goal from inside his own half, running rings around their entire defence, when we were down to 10 men and then smashing into the top corner.
8. What could happen in your working day, that would make your year?
Hearing about a life transformed of one of our young people. It’s what we are all about.
9. Can you provide a picture of you involved in your sport, either an action shot, you in your teams kit, at a game supporting your team, you holding a cup or trophy, etc.
Here’s me with the Rugby World Cup last year. Something England failed to do 😉
10. Finally, how does Kick London fit in with your personal missional heart? Why Kick London?
I am committed to offering young people the chance to see personal development in our sessions in schools, demonstrating God’s love as we bring communities together and inviting young people to make an informed decision about faith.