Phil founded Sporting Marvels in 2002 after being called out of a lucrative off-field career in professional Rugby Union where he was the architect of the Treorchy “Dream” before going on to hold some of the biggest jobs in Welsh and British rugby. The vision to put a positive Christian role model in front of every school pupil in Rhondda was timely, with less than 0.9% of Rhondda’s population regularly attending church according to the 2001 census, and it still burns brightly in his heart to this very day. At the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year, day-to-day management passed to Phil’s son, Lawrie, who had previously served his 5-year apprenticeship as a Marvel and then as Team Leader. A law graduate and a prolific writer, Phil is more committed to the cause than ever and he works every day helping Lawrie and the team on an unpaid and voluntary basis, the importance of which cannot be overstated.
Carl is a former UCB board level director who has extensive experience in communications and engagement strategies having worked with national and international ministries in the UK, USA, Uganda & South Africa.
Bob is an accountant and long-term financial partner of Sporting Marvels. His heart, knowledge and experience with regards to financial reporting and administration has helped the charity immensely.
John is an established church pastor of over 30 years standing in the Ferndale/Maerdy area, Rhondda’s most deprived community, and has been a hugely respected pillar of the Rhondda community for over forty years.