Meet the Coach: Davey Murphy

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

 

My name is Davey Murphy, I have worked for Kick for around 2 years. I am a 4 day a week mentor in secondary schools in addition to designing and managing the majority of Kick’s branding and publicity.
What are your favourite sports, teams, affiliations, and such like?

Sports: Football, UFC, NFL, Basketball
Athletes: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jon Jones, Michael Bisping, Conor McGregor, LeBron James

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Participating in Tough Mudder 2017.

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

I worked with Joe L, Hans S and Simon J at a organisation called City Gateway in East London. Joe was the best senior I have worked under so that’s what really attracted me to Kick initially.

 

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

 

Working with a girl struggling with depression, drug abuse and suicidal tendencies who everyone had given up on. She had given up on life and couldn’t see the point of anything, but sharing Jesus with her allowed her eyes to be opened to another realm and the purpose behind being charitable, caring and more. Through a year of working together I got the privileged of seeing her complete her GCSE’s and get one of the highest set of grades in the school.

 

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

A lot of kids say I look like Jesus, ironic…

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

 The main reason I work for Kick is because of the mission. The work isn’t always easy and I know friends who do far easier jobs for far higher pay but I get to do God’s work each day. I get to go into school and help support some of the most desperate people in society today, young people. I get to be a role model and help lead them down the path Jesus would have for them even though I don’t always get to mention Jesus. My favourite bit of it all is when I ask the school about certain young people and ask if I can talk to them about Jesus, and they usually respond with “If you can get that kid to behave I don’t care what you talk to them about.” The reality is without Jesus so many of the young people I work with would be hopeless cases but with Jesus I know their lives can be completely transformed.

When it comes to the church Kick is a fantastic missional organisation. It takes young professionals in their prime with high earning power and puts them into a secular environment and challenges them to show Jesus in that environment, and it works! Story after story of schools seeing something different in our coaches is testament to the Holy Spirit’s power. I think it teaches the church a lesson in work, and whether you work just to earn money or whether your work can truly be God’s work!

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

Tricky question. I feel if anything Jesus would have been like Maradona, taken a team that didn’t deserve success and bring them to glory single-handedly. He probably would have supported Arsenal as they hate crosses and everyone hates them (bub-dum-csh).

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

It would be watching the rise of Jon Jones and Conor McGregor. Personally no particular moment but finding out I’ve got a good throwing arm and am real good at ice skating way too late (why weren’t they available at school), was never good at the standard sports!

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

Just to see a life transformed through mentoring. This could be from a child trusting someone for the first time, opening up about something they’ve never talked about or coming to know Jesus personally. Mentoring has so many possibilities.