Jody Barnes has worked for Sporting Marvels since 2009. A former Ferndale Community School pupil, she became a Christian at Pastor John Cox’s church, Bethel Ferndale and she believed even as a teenager that she was meant to be a Marvel! A volunteer at first before becoming a Trainee in September 2009, Jody was the first person to go from being taught by Sporting Marvels, to teaching for Sporting Marvels! Four years on Jody is one of the most experienced Marvels of all time and she is even the lead worker for Ferndale Community School, her former school!
Jody is passionate about the development of young people in all the different areas of their lives. She loves building relationships with the children she works with in order to have a positive impact on their lives and having worked with Sporting Marvels for so long she is a capable primary and comp worker. She is also a talented basketball and netball player and currently plays Goal Attack for the Sporting Marvels Netball Team.
Jody also plays a number of musical instruments including the drums, guitar and piano. Having rebuilt the All-Star Programme at FCS in the last few years, Jody is excited to see her All-Stars develop this year. With Sporting Marvels now working in Darran Park, Tylorstown & Maerdy for the coming academic year, she is also excited about the new Year 7 intake, and with Couchy working more at FCS this year and with the Mighty Marvels team in the cluster schools supporting All-Star Afterschool club, Jody is certain to take Sporting Marvels work in Ferndale Community School to greater heights.