Who we are

Our Ethos and Values

At Kick 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
  • Integral in our decision making, in our relationships with each other and in our partnerships

Staff and Trustees

Joe Lowther

Joe Lowther

CEO

John Wright

John Wright

Relationship and Quality Manager

Sam Walford

Sam Walford

Relationship and Innovation Manager

Joya Pal-George

Joya Pal-George

Development and Relationship Manager

Becci Lee

Becci Lee

Office, Communications and HR Manager

Simon Gee

Simon Gee

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Jonathan Sanders

Jonathan Sanders

Fundraising and Finance Manager

Simon James

Simon James

Mentoring and Chaplaincy Manager

Isabelle De Reis

Isabelle De Reis

Finance Officer

Tom Rutter

Tom Rutter

Founding Coach and Chaplain

Andy Dutton

Andy Dutton

Senior Sports Coach

Rachel Hollings

Rachel Hollings

Senior Dance Coach

Alastair Park

Alastair Park

Sports Coach

Alex McClean

Alex McClean

Kick Mentor

Alex Shoderu

Alex Shoderu

Kick Chaplain

Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Sports Coach and Mentor

Akram Waren

Akram Waren

Dance Coach and Mentor

Andy Gray

Andy Gray

Kick Mentor

Beth Hawksworth

Beth Hawksworth

Sports Coach and Mentor

Bethlehem Morris

Bethlehem Morris

Dance Coach and Mentor

Dan Bilbrough

Dan Bilbrough

Kick Mentor

Danny Cotton

Danny Cotton

Sports Coach and Mentor

Davey Murphy

Davey Murphy

Kick Mentor

Declan Appau

Declan Appau

Sports Coach

Gabrielle Quintin-Sey

Gabrielle Quintin-Sey

Dance Coach and Mentor

Harry Manning

Harry Manning

Sports Coach and Mentor

James Peet

James Peet

Swimming and Sports Coach

Joe Mallett

Joe Mallett

Sports Coach

Jordon Adelekan

Jordon Adelekan

Sports Coach

Josiah Otchere

Josiah Otchere

Sports Coach

Kyle Majid

Kyle Majid

Sports Coach and Mentor

Luke Hines

Luke Hines

Kick Mentor

Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers

Sports Coach and Mentor

Melody Ayandokun

Melody Ayandokun

Dance Coach

Michael Bowley

Michael Bowley

Sports Coach and Mentor

Michael Jess

Michael Jess

Sports Coach & Mentor

Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks

Sports Coach and Mentor

Rebekah Louis

Rebekah Louis

Dance Coach and Mentor

Richard Davies

Richard Davies

Sports Coach and Mentor

Robbie Smart

Robbie Smart

Sports Coach and Mentor

Sam Woodhams

Sam Woodhams

Sports Coach and Mentor

Sara Osaya

Sara Osaya

Dance Coach

Shaun Bushby

Shaun Bushby

Sports Intern

Tom Tame

Tom Tame

Sports Coach and Mentor

Wes Hines

Wes Hines

Kick Mentor

Will McDonald

Will McDonald

Sports Coach and Mentor

Louise Corless

Louise Corless

Dance Coach

Kabuki Johnson

Kabuki Johnson

Dance Coach

Trustees

Matt currently works as a Senior Partner at PWC and has been involved with KICK for over a decade. Matt is our Chair and absolutely committed to KICK reaching a generation of young people within a generation. 

Matt King

Cliff has worked for British Gas and is now heavily involved in his local church. He has been involved with KICK for 12 years. Cliff is dedicated to seeing children and young people engaged in local church and he has been committed to this all his life through Boys Brigade.

Cliff Underhay

Paul, until recently, was Head of Legal at Bupa and now retired Paul is involved in a few charitable Boards. Paul has been with KICK for 3 years. Paul became involved in KICK to make a difference in young people’s lives through sport.

Paul Newton

Simon currently works in HR for the Church of England and has been involved with KICK for 4 years. Simon became involved in KICK to use his experience in Human Resource Management to support the staff and trustees.

Simon Cook

Steve worked for British Petroleum across the world before joining KICK 4 years ago. Steve became involved in KICK because he saw the impact it was making in his community and wanted to see KICK make a wider impact.

Steve Thomas

Lizzie currently works in IT with Bupa and has been involved with KICK for 1 year. Lizzie became involved in KICK because she wanted to enable the organisation to grow and bring her background in systems to enable that to happen.

Elizabeth Mackenroth

Alwyn currently works as a Curate at HTB and has been involved with KICK for 1 year. Alwyn became involved in KICK because he saw the impact it has made in Richmond his local town. Alwyn is a protege of one of our founders – the late Trevor Patterson.

Alwyn Webb

John recently retired from a role in Health and Safety Management at Wandsworth Council. John has been involved with KICK for over a decade. John was inspired to make a difference in young people’s lives following stabbing in his hometown.

John Dutton

Mike is retired and previously worked for the Ministry of Defence. He has been involved with KICK for for over a decade. Mike too was inspired to make a difference in young people’s lives following stabbing in his hometown.

Mike Wakeham

Pete currently works as an Actuary and has recently joined KICK bringing his financial management experience. Pete became involved in KICK because he believes that God wants to change the lives of young people for the better and use KICK to do it.

Peter Burt

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 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 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 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

2018

2018

This year we have been engaging with over 10,000 young people each week, 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?!

2019

Re-brand

Re-brand

In 2019 we have launched our new Chaplaincy service enabling us to reach and support for supports and staff within schools. We have also undertaken a re-brand to now be known as KICK moving forward.

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