Philip Kimberley receives The Emeritus Award

Philip Kimberley receives The Emeritus Award

The Community Sport and Recreation Awards have been running for over 20 years, showcasing sport and recreation organisations performing excellent work in their local communities.

The Emeritus Award has been in existence for ten years and is awarded for life-long or sustained service to sport and recreation or for long service to the Alliance. Last year the award was presented to Professor Peter Thomas MBE and other recipients have included Rosemary Napp, Dame Diana Ellis and Brian Hyde. This year the Emeritus Awards are presented to three recipients: Allan Dean-Lewis MBE, Hilary Weedon and Philip Kimberley.

Philip is currently Chairman of England Hockey and will stand down later this year after 12 years in the post.
As Chairman of England Hockey, Philip led a complete rebuild of the governing body from a position of bankruptcy when he arrived in 2003, to become one of the fastest growing team sports in England and celebrating its first Olympic medal in 20 years at the London 2012 Olympics.

Philip came late to sports administration after a successful business career, yet his achievements have seen him appointed to the UK Sport, Sports Coach UK and (more recently) TDF Boards, as well as UK Sport's anti-doping project board. His ambition has never been personal reward and has always been about doing the right thing by sport. His role in leading the resurgence of England Hockey, a governing body that was close to being disaffiliated from its world federation in 2002, should not be underestimated and has culminated in England Hockey being recognized as an effective governing body by both Sport England and UK Sport. In addition, during Philip’s tenure, England Hockey has also been awarded the Pablo Negre award for contribution to hockey in 2008 by the International Hockey Federation.

A naturally quiet and shy man he has earned respect both within the sport worldwide as well as across the wider sporting landscape in the UK. He has never been afraid of conflict in his endeavours to do the right thing by the sport and his integrity has led the sport into a new era of professionalism.

All at England Hockey would like to extend their congratulations to Philip for his outstanding achievement.