Ian “Smithy” Smith has been apart of the Sporting Marvels team for over three years now. Formerly an outstanding All-Star as part of the All-Star academy in Tonypandy Community College, he is now the most experienced male worker in the organisation and quite simply the most popular person in Rhondda!
Having become an All-Star way back in 2008 under the guidance of past Marvels and current Director of Operations, Becky Davies, Smithy developed into a top class leader which led to Sporting Marvels pioneering a gap-year intern programme that pupils leaving sixth form could apply for. Thankfully for Sporting Marvels and for Smithy, it didn’t end after one year!
Smithy enjoys teaching the Mighty Marvels Programme in Sporting Marvels partner schools and since January 2013 he has also taken a leading role in Tonypandy Community College’s All-Star Programme. Ian, alongside fellow Marvel, Chelsea Davies, was also part of the very first All-Star Africa Trip in 2009. A key player too for Sporting Marvels FC alongside CEO, Lawrie, he has been part of both the league wins and all three of the cup wins SMFC has enjoyed since the team started in 2010. He is also seeking to become a highly qualified football coach and has already completed his UEFA C License with a view to enrolling on the B License for the 2013/2014 academic year.