Meet the Coach: Oladele Ayodele

Who are you, where are you from, how long have you been involved with Kick London, and what is your role.
My name is Oladele Ayodele, raised in London and of Nigerian descent, I’ve been involved in Kick London for 2 months.

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

 

I love sports, but spent the majority of my life playing rugby.  American football, Football, Table tennis, Tennis are also part of the repertoire. Don’t have a favourite team funny enough.

 

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

 

I was introduced through a colleague, who knew I had a heart for youth.

 

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

So far, meeting a kid who had a dream to be a professional skateboarder, at the age of 12 his whole family discouraged him from pursuing this dream, telling him, “he couldn’t do it”. By the end of our conversation he told me only two people believed in his dream his uncle and myself and that was enough to give him confidence.
What is the funniest thing a child has ever said to you while working for Kick London?

An 11 year old child was on report,”She gave me a one and I don’t know why?”  (One being the most positive score) ” I misbehaved like three times, but I’m not going to say anything…”

 

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

 

I think everyone needs to hear the gospel and be told reaffirming truths about themselves, especially kids. Kick London provides an opportunity for people to meet Jesus first hand and a chance to see a rise in the amount of kids that know Christ.

 

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

 

I’ve always imagined Jesus as a beast on the sports field. Disciplined agile and strong. I see Jesus getting stuck in with every aspect of life not just sitting down and talking to 1000’s. Think he would have disliked football as an enterprise and supported Toulon rugby.

 

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

 

Man I have too many, for real. One was an American football match. During a Game on the line of scrimmage an opponents arm was broken the snap resounded. We stopped the game and retreated into our respective huddles. I felt this was an opportunity to see many come to faith if I prayed for this injured guy in front of players and supporters. I ran over to the injured guy and asked for his permission to pray he said yes. He didn’t get instantly healed. Few days later we did get a message from the team saying “thank you to the big guy” for praying. That was lit.

 

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

 

I guess a child that didn’t know God experiencing him and honestly wanting to know more or commit their life to Him.

 

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. Nope not yet