Some of those young people we work with make a commitment to Christ, like Daniel, who is now involved with the church and the other activities it runs.
For others, we take them on the start of their journey and they get to hear for the first time that there is a God who loves them, or even to have an understanding of a loving saviour who is different to the Gods of their own religion. Some leave our academies at 18 and join church football teams – where they continue to be encouraged and discipled by church members. Others have had their lives so touched by the academy, they want to come back and volunteer for us.
Charlie, one of our young Christian volunteer coaches said:
“Kick is a great place to come. It is a nice arena for the boys to enjoy the sport they love and get to learn life skills and about God from the talk we give. A lot of the teenagers here don’t believe in God but they can still relate to the talk and see how it can be applied in their lives. It is nice to see kids enjoy what they do, have fun and just be themselves….it is a privilege to be a part of.”
Suzanne, his wife told us that she will always be amazed at the way God sustained them both until David died 11 months later, and forever grateful that God used the academy for his purposes, above and beyond ministering to the young people.
It is stories and testimonies like these which encourage us to grow our work, and to seek support to enable a dedicated team of coaches and volunteers to continue to take the gospel to young people in London.
“The Academy has improved my awareness of how God helps me; when I play sport as well as how he helps me in my life.”
“I like Kick London as I get to play football, make friends, and at Church you don’t really understand what the priest is saying, but here they tell you [about God] in words you can understand.”
“The academy has allowed us as a church to provide a fun forum for young people to learn about God and football, and it has enabled me to develop my knowledge of the bible through doing the talks with them.” (Volunteer)