We first came across Jason in 2009, he was getting into a lot of trouble and fights at school, at risk of being excluded, and by his own admission was on a path to a young offender’s institution. The Kick coaches invited him to an academy near to where he lived. Since then, the coaches have worked with Jason and seen him go through many stages of development. He has not only become a talented footballer, but has learnt to channel his anger and develop aspirations for his life.
Jason asked to do his year 10 work experience with Kick London, where he really impressed the coaches with his attitude, innovation for games, and enthusiasm towards the job and the young people.
Now 18, Jason told us:
“The Kick coaches gave me a chance. They didn’t label me but they took me in and welcomed me like family….there was nothing else I could have wanted at that time. When I reached a certain age, I thought they would just say I was too old to play and that they had done all they could, but they let me come back and help coach the younger lads. It has given me a chance to give something back, they did so much for me, and I can now help and encourage those who are just like I was. I am playing semi-professional football now at Carshalton, I am doing a BTEC and my level 3 coaching course, and I want to become a sports coach….that’s all thanks to Kick London.”