Meet the Coach: Alastair Park

1. Who are you, where are you from, how long have you been involved with Kick London, and what is your role?

My name is Alastair, I’m from the lovely area of Penge. I’ve been involved with Kick London for about 3 years now, currently working full time based in Shepherds Bush.

2. What are your favourite sports, teams, affiliations, and such like?

Surprise that my favourite sport is football, but love watching any sport whenever it’s on. Living in south east london there is only really one team to support, Crystal Palace.

3. How do you come to be a part of the Kick London family?

Just started volunteering in a school which my mum worked at, fell in love with the job from then on.

4. What has been your best highlight while working for Kick London?

Probably being able to set up a Kick Academy partnering my church and Kick London which gathers on average 40-60 young people each week and being able to share the gospel with them.

5. What is the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

Not directly said to me but two kids were having an argument about one having a higher IQ than the other. After a long debate one child said “I do not have a low QI!”

6. Does Jesus care about football? If so, who does he support?

I’m sure he does. Well in the Bible it talks about Jesus seeking out the lost and at the moment West Ham don’t seem to have a clue so I’d say them.

7. What is your personal sporting highlight, either for you or the team/person you support?

I’m torn between 2. Seeing Crystal Palace beat Watford at Wembley to get back in to the prem was an incredible day! Or my church team, Christ Central winning the double, the league and the shield. Was a great year.

8. What could happen in your working day, that would make your year?

Jack Taylor returning comes close but probably just seeing one of the children I mentor make a commitment. For someone who’s had such a horrible start to life seeing him come to Christ would be incredible.

9. Finally, 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.

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Here’s a little appearance I had in a Nike advert, I managed to meet some amazing footballers and just an all round amazing experience!

10. How does Kick London fit in with your personal missional heart? Why Kick London?

I love sports, I love God and have a strong passion for the future generation. To combine all 3 is just incredible. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life which they could have with them forever is really special especially young people, they are the future, it’s them we need to look out for. I’m just so blessed I’ve landed myself a job that does this.