Meet the Coach: Simon James

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

I’m Simon and I live in the beautiful town of Croydon (Absolutely love living there). I only started working for Kick in September 2016 and am heading up our mentoring and doing some PE lessons as well.

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

I love to watch any sport really (including last summer when I had a lot of time on my hands and getting really into the Kabaddi premier league) and will give the majority a go as well! Football is my main sport purely because that was the main sport at my school. I tend to follow a team in most sports as well including most American sports but Arsenal is the one in football.

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

I’ve known about Kick London for a long time as others from my church have worked there for years! I never thought I would end up working here but our CEO, Joe Lowther was my head of department at my old job and him as well as our Quality manager Hans who i also worked with in my old job just gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse at a time in my life where I really needed to move on. God really opened a door for me to come to Kick London perfectly!!

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

It has to be the mentoring as I get to work with some amazing young people. Overall just meeting and talking to any of the students in my schools has been great. I have also been slightly surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed doing assemblies!!

5. What is the funniest thing a child has ever said to you while working for Kick London?

I was running an after school club for some year 1 and 2 students and one came up to me and said “are you in year 6 cos you’re really big”. It was the most serious look I have ever seen on his face and the first time in a long time I have been mistaken for being 11 years old. He also got really upset when he found out school didn’t finish at year 6…………

6. As a Christian, how does Kick London fit in with your personal missional heart? Why is Kick London important for the church?

I have a heart to serve young people and to support them in as many ways as I can (I have a particular passion for education and the education system) and Kick London allows me to working in schools doing mentoring and with an emphasis on faith as well, the perfect combo for me.

7. Do you think Jesus have engaged with sport?

YES! But not for a winner and a loser to be honest but as its amazing fellowship for Christians and a great way to witness to people (we all change whilst playing sport!).

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

I’ve been blessed to have so many great experiences ranging from going to the Olympics in London, going to Yankee Stadium, seeing Becks score from the half way line at Selhurst against Wimbledon but my biggest highlight was going to the Camp Nou to see Barca play. From a personal perspective just being able to play sport after so many injuries is a highlight enough for me!!!

9. What is the most exciting thing that could happen in a regular working day that would be a highlight of your year?

That I get to talk about Jesus to any young person I meet and them following him as their Lord and Saviour.

10. Finally, can you provide a picture of you involved in your sport, either an action shot, you in your team’s kit, at a game supporting your team, you holding a cup or trophy, etc.

Simon Golf