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 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
Excellence and Innovation Manager
Excellence and Development Manager
Fundraising and Finance Manager
Office and HR Manager
Founding Coach and Chaplain
Yasha Tobias Browne
Senior Sports Coach
Senior Sports Coach
Senior Dance Coach
Kick London Mentor
Kick London Volunteer
Sports Coach & Mentor
Swimming and Sports Coach
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.