Who we are

Our Ethos and Values

At Kick London we look to follow the example of Jesus, who was committed to demonstrating God’s love in a real, relevant way, in order to bring transformation to our young people and their communities.

Our Values

Our values are key to the way each staff member and volunteer works and are at the core of who we are as a team. We aim to transform the workings in people’s lives by staying true to these values:

  • Aspirational on behalf of our young people, being ambitious for their progress and in our desire to reach more young people
  • Compassionate towards our young people, showing humbleness, being inclusive and making our approach flexible to suit their needs
  • Excellent in our performance, innovating with continuous improvement in order to see best outcomes for our young people
  • Intentional in our interactions with young people, schools, churches, partners, funders and one another to look to build a family together at Kick London
  • Integral in our decision making, in our relationships with each other and in our partnerships
  • Staff and Trustees

    Joe Lowther

    Joe Lowther

    CEO

    Hans Sims

    Hans Sims

    Quality Manager

    John Wright

    John Wright

    Excellence and Innovation Manager

    Stephen Brown

    Stephen Brown

    Excellence and Development Manager

    Jonathan Sanders

    Jonathan Sanders

    Fundraising and Finance Manager

    Becci Lee

    Becci Lee

    Office and HR Manager

    Tom Rutter

    Tom Rutter

    Founding Coach and Chaplain

    Yasha Tobias Browne

    Yasha Tobias Browne

    Senior Sports Coach

    Andy Dutton

    Andy Dutton

    Senior Sports Coach

    Rachel Hollings

    Rachel Hollings

    Senior Dance Coach

    Tom Bailey

    Tom Bailey

    Sports Coach

    Peter Brooks

    Peter Brooks

    Sports Coach

    Fiona Bryars

    Fiona Bryars

    Sports Coach

    Josh Caulcrick

    Josh Caulcrick

    Sports Coach

    Krasen Dimitrov

    Krasen Dimitrov

    Sports Coach

    Joy Gilbert

    Joy Gilbert

    Dance Coach

    Simone Hall

    Simone Hall

    Dance Coach

    Beth Hawksworth

    Beth Hawksworth

    Sports Intern

    Simon James

    Simon James

    Mentoring Lead

    Kabuki Johnson

    Kabuki Johnson

    Dance Coach

    Stephen Keogh

    Stephen Keogh

    Sports Coach

    Matthias Louis

    Matthias Louis

    Sports Coach

    Rebekah Louis

    Rebekah Louis

    Dance Intern

    Kyle Majid

    Kyle Majid

    Sports Coach

    Joe Mallett

    Joe Mallett

    Sports Coach

    Davey Murphy

    Davey Murphy

    Mentor

    Alastair Park

    Alastair Park

    Sports Coach

    James Peet

    James Peet

    Swimming and Sports Coach

    Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers

    Sports Coach

    Robbie Smart

    Robbie Smart

    Sports Coach

    Akram Waren

    Akram Waren

    Dance Coach

    Phebe Wells

    Phebe Wells

    Sports Coach

    Sam Woodhams

    Sam Woodhams

    Sports Coach

    Lives Transformed

    Our mission is to transform young peoples lives with Gods love through sport and support. Here are just a few of the stories where we have made a difference and seen change:
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    I began mentoring a young boy in year 8 and was told that he came with a bad reputation right from primary school and unfortunately carried it right through year 7. When the boy was referred to me, staff were hoping for a change in his behaviour so he wouldn’t be removed from the school. Amazingly, by the end of the school year my award for ‘Most Improved student’ went to him. He’s come forwards in leaps and bounds and I’m told by the Deputy head that “he hasn’t been on his radar” for a while!

    I think the turning point was probably half way through the year when we spoke about Empathy- one of our five core mentoring values. He really seemed to understand and show interest in the discussion we had about putting yourself in other people’s shoes: “for example, think about your teacher who has to stand in front of 30 students for every period each day, when we know it’s already quite stressful looking after just 2 or 3 people”. He’s spoken to me about how having this thought in his mind has totally changed the way he behaves in class time.

    KICK LONDON MENTOR

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    Our Kick Academy began a 3 years ago and is attended mainly by boys. We had a young girl attend a few months ago who was very clearly attending reluctantly. She very much lacked confidence when playing with others and found it very hard to make friends. I took some time during the session to speak to her about how she was feeling and she shared she often feels left out.

    I was able share that I often was the only girl on my football team but to see this as a positive and an opportunity to stand out, embrace it and showcase her talent. I then ensured I was with her age group every week to encourage her to get stuck in. In the last few weeks I have noticed the boys have begun to notice her and speaking with her. It has been amazing to see her begin to make friends with the boys and I am excited to see her confidence grow.

    KICK LONDON LEADER

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    After doing my assembly on forgiveness and sharing some of my own stories along with the gospel message of Jesus, a year 3 girl came up to me overwhelmed with joy and laughter saying, I didn’t know Jesus rose from the dead, I feel amazed and wonderful!” I began to laugh because in the moment I could see was one step closer to understanding God’s wide love for her.

    KICK LONDON SPORTS COACH

    Our History

    TIMELINE

    2003

    Founded

    Founded

    Kick London was originally founded in collaboration between an inspirational coach, a local church and a National charity (British Youth for Christ). Kick London were granted Charitable Status in 2003 as an extension of Youth for Christ’s vision of a “Kick” football ministry in London.

    2004

    Academy Established

    Academy Established

    In 2004, our first coach was appointed to work full-time for Kick London by the Board of Trustees. He worked closely with the support of the local Church, Holy Trinity Richmond. A weekend Football Kick Academy was established within the area in connection with the church and contracts to deliver sports coaching in local schools were secured.

    2005

    Management Team Established

    Management Team Established

    At the end of 2005, based on the success of the work in Richmond, a management team was developed to establish a Kick London presence in Croydon.

    2006

    Steady growth

    Steady growth

    From this point, Kick London has steadily grown and moved into boroughs across London with an increase in both schools provision and church-based Kick Academies.

    2014

    CEO Appointed

    CEO Appointed

    In 2014 the Board of Trustees decided they wanted to accelerate the growth of Kick London and built a new infrastructure to do so which saw our first CEO appointed.

    2015

    Street Dance Launched

    Street Dance Launched

    In 2015 we launched our Street Dance provision to schools around London. This saw our first Senior Dance Coach recruited, with three more brought in before the end of the year.

    2016

    Solutions Focused Mentoring for Schools

    Solutions Focused Mentoring for Schools

    In 2016 we updated and developed our mentoring provision to offer Solutions Focused Mentoring for Schools. This saw our mentoring provision grow by 400% in a single year.

    2017

    Continued Growth

    Continued Growth

    In 2017 we continued to grow as an organisation by which point we had trebled in size in just two years. We now have the privilege to work in over 55 Schools, 25 Kick Academies and engaging with over 7,500 young people each week. In 2017 Kick London also launched another new service of Schools’ based Chaplaincy.

    2018

    This Year

    This Year

    This year has seen us gain (Insert numbers here), we praise God for everything he is doing with Kick London, and we can’t wait to see more lives transformed through him. At Kick London, our mission is to have a Christian presence in every single borough in London, then who knows what?!
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