SSMCF has two recognition and reward systems, one for children and young adults, the other for the projects themselves.

 

Individuals

 

SSMCF assesses how well individuals are living their lives against the seven values. Each value has a series of behaviours which, if observed, lead to points accruing under that value. These are then fed into a table, which results in an overall outcome. The table below gives an example of the collated scores for one individual.

 

 

 

 

Those who have reached the minimum threshold (over half marks) become members of one of four clubs, dependant on their scores:

 

  • '32 Club

Sir Stanley made his professional debut on the19th March 1932, having played 22 games for the reserves at Stoke. Our '32 Club recognises this important milestone – individuals who enter this Club are already exhibiting many aspects of our seven values.

 

  • '48 Club

The '48 Club is named after Sir Stanley's first FA Cup final appearance in 1948. Sir Stanley realised that if he were to succeed, he would need to improve. He did this consistently. For example, in the 1935-36 season, he added the double body swerve to his game becoming even more effective. Similarly, for individuals to enter the '48 Club, they need to show consistently high standards across the seven Foundation values.

 

  • '51 Club

While closer to winning the FA Cup in 1951, Sir Stanley was unable to drive his team forward to the ultimate prize. Similarly, individuals in the '51 Club are those that are operating at a very high level indeed. Nevertheless, there are still changes and improvements that can be made.

 

  • '53 Club

Named after the 'Matthews Final' of 1953 when Sir Stanley finally reached his goal, this Club recognises children and young people that are implementing the seven values at the highest level.

 

Projects

 

As for individuals, affiliate clubs are assigned to one of four levels, depending on how well they impart Sir Stanley's values to their members.

 

  • '32 Club

Projects accepted into SSMCF are automatically enrolled in the '32 Club. This badge of honour means that each project has been assessed and is meeting a minimum standard in terms of fulfilling the Foundation's seven values.

 

  • '48 Club

The '48 Club is for SSMCF projects that have shown marked improvement during their time in the '32 Club. Each of the seven values of Sir Stanley needs to be being taught and conveyed at a high level.

 

  • '51 Club

Projects in the '51 Club are excellent across all seven values. They are operating at a level just below the highest.

 

  • '53 Club

Coaches and leaders of these projects are instilling our seven values to everyone involved to the highest standards. Currently, only two clubs linked to professional outfits have reached this level: Yorkshire Cricket Club and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

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