Meet the Coach: Alex Shoderu

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

 

I’m Alex Shoderu. I’ve lived in London since coming to England at the age of 10 from Nigeria. Been involved with Kick London since Sept 2017. I mentor one day a week in a  Secondary School in Watford.

What are your favourite sports, teams, affiliations, and such like?
Football is my first love of the sports but I love sports in general and will play anything. I find I pick racket sports up really quickly because I played table tennis a lot growing up, so I enjoy Tennis, Badminton, Squash. If I was in the US I would fancy myself at American football. I support Arsenal and enjoy watching International Rugby Union too. More recently I’ve got into NBA after a friend told me about  Steph Curry’s  faith stance. Hence I support the Warriors.

 

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

I’ve known about Kick for a while but I think I got reintroduced through Scripture Union.

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

 

When one of the boys I mentor gave me a box of Celebrations for Christmas.

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

 

” Sir, who are you, are you the new Headmaster?”

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

I heard someone say recently, “when I go fishing, I like to go where the fish are”. I have a heart to see young people walking in relationship with Christ and Kick London is going where young people are. Kick London is important for the church because the primary mission of the church is to make disciples. Kick London is being obedient to that call.
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Do you think Jesus have engaged with sport? What would his favourite sport been? Who would he have supported?

 Yes I think Jesus would have engaged with sport. Favourite sport? Go for long distance running. JESUS had good endurance.

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Alex has completed a marathon himself

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

Playing at Highbury in the Islington and Camden Cup final.

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

Helping a teenager commit their lives to Christ for the first time.