Meet the Coach: Tom Greenhill

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

My name in Tom Greenhill. I live in South East London. I’ve been involved in Kick for roughly a year and a half

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

Grown up I have followed and taken part in many sports including athletics, football, rugby, swimming and tennis. However my main to sports are football and athletics. The team I support are the mighty ARSENAL! I have affiliations with the club Blackheath and Bromley Harriers as it’s the athletics club I used to compete for.

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

During my final year at university I was looking for jobs to do with me degree (BSc Coach Education) when one of my oldest friends (Ali Park) and a coach recommended I applied for a job. So, after a manic emailing and interviews here I am year and a half down the line part of an amazing family and amazing job.

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

My highlight was when I got told I was going to be given a full-time contract in a local school. It felt amazing as it was a school I knew a lot about and I knew some of the staff there. It also gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and grow in many ways.

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

Being a coach in a primary school there are many funny and silly things said to myself. There was one time a child had a biscuit in her hand and said Mr Greenhill you have hit. Despite me refusing I was sitting next to she decided to try and force it into my mouth. Needless to say I didn’t sit in the dining hall again after.

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

Yes. I also said that when I started my degree my aim was to help at least one child make it in a sport that they loved. Working for kick didn’t just give me that opportunity it also gave me the chance to share my faith and how it’s helped me through the years. it allowed me to install this sense of faith and self-worth into them so they could go on and achieve anything they wanted to in life. Kick (academy) so far has also played a massive part in our youth at church, those that are able to go out on their own have started coming to church and finding out what God is about.

7. Do you think Jesus have engaged with sport? What would his favourite sport been? Who would he have supported?

I could imagine Jesus dabbled in sports, playing where he saw people needed help but also guided others. I would have to say athletics as its individual sport so he could have got to know you on a personal level, but more importantly you could have got to known him on a personal level. He would have supported those who need the most help so Arsenal?

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

My personal sporting highlight came when I had the chance to compete for my county in athletics. That same year my athletics team (Blackheath and Bromley Harriers) went on to win another (and a record number of) UK club title. More recently though after a hard-fought football season my football club Christ Central winning the league after just one league loss all season.

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

For a child to come up to me and say they’ve got a trial at a professional football team or any other sport they want to go into.

10. 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.

A massive throw back from me completing a cross country relay for Blackheath and Bromley Harriers.

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