The Mighty Marvels Programme helps us win the kids, and our wide-ranging events programme serves to quicken the relationship building process. But as the kids grow and they graduate to the Comps, it would be remiss of us to not have an avenue to build upon the work done with the children in the Mighty Marvels Programme. Thankfully, with a full-time presence in Tonypandy Community College, Ferndale Community School and for the first time, Ysgol Gyfun Cymer, we have the opportunity to do just this. How do we it?! The All-Star Programme!
Without doubt, the All-Star Programme has become the ‘Jewel in the Sporting Marvels Crown’ over the years as it has produced some remarkable young leaders. The primary goal is to “influence the influencers”. In other words: our goal is to win the kids to Sporting Marvels, help them grow into quality young leaders and to fulfil their potential!
And if you’re wondering if it works, yes it does: Smithy, Chelsea, Jody, Lauren, Hiedi, Connah, Naomi, Taylar, Lucy and Deanna were once All-Stars who now, as outstanding Marvels, directly influence hundreds of kids every week!
Usually 10 boys and 10 girls are selected at the beginning of Year 7, the first year in the Comp. However, this group usually whittles down each year, with pupils perhaps not reaching the standard in terms of commitment levels, attitude or behaviour. What we are left with becomes the core!
When they reach Year 10, they graduate to the All-Star Leadership Academy which lasts until Year 13 when they leave school. The Academy focuses more on helping the All-Stars become confident and competent young leaders, it provides them with lots of opportunities to gain leadership experience, and role-modelling for the younger All-Stars. This greatly enriches their files and personal statements when applying for university, and helps them stand out from the crowd.
The All-Star Programme though, is no easy ride! The All-Stars are expected to comply to a schedule that includes character coaching, sports and leadership sessions, as well as attendance at a weekly registration slot where the Marvels develop a ‘core value’ or ‘leadership principle’ for the week. On top of all that there’s the awesome after-school clubs and special events itinerary!
The All-Stars are involved in all the out-of-school events like Adventure Days, Summer Camps, Sports Days and Water Days. In fact many of these events couldn’t take place without the All-Star Leadership Academy who help our numerically limited team of Marvels cope with the 150+ youngsters that attend the events. Some instruct, many lead and all support the cause by manning stations and generally helping steward the various days. (which the Marvels are very grateful for!!)
The All-Stars are so important, we’ve even given them their very own All-Star Presentation Evening which, this year brought the All-Stars from Tonypandy Community College, Ferndale Community School & Ysgol Gyfun Cymer together, and the All-Star Fancy Dress Christmas Party or Boot Camp and the biggest one of all: the All-Star trip to East Africa which takes place every two years for Leaders in the sixth form.
Six All-Stars made the inaugural trip to Tanzania in October 2009 and two now wear the Marvels uniform – Chelsea, and Smithy. In October 2012 of this year another, an even bigger trip departed, taking 10 All-Stars to East Africa! On that trip was now full time Marvel workers, Sam, Lauren and Naomi.
The regular All-Star diet is energised by the weekly after-school clubs which see the biggest gathering of kids by far for any regular out-of-school activity anywhere in Rhondda.
The aim of the after-school clubs is to bring the All-Stars together from right across the age range, in a kind of All-Star ‘family‘. It promotes team, and it helps with identity, builds confidence and encourages right development. The Leadership Academy pupils then become role models for the younger All-Stars and help them develop through the Programme.
The All-Star Programme presents us with the opportunity to mould individuals, and to build their character on a foundation of good values. While the Programme focuses on smaller numbers than say the Mighty Marvels Programme, the intensity is much greater and the depth of relationship all the more, building a strong platform to influence young lives for the better.
You can read more regarding our All-Star Programme in our In Focus Magazines, but if you’d like to know more a bit more detail about the Programme then please click the link below…
To view an informative video on the All Star Programme CLICK HERE