President/Manager Chris Pickett Takes Outstanding Service Award

Former England and GB Women's Manager Chris Pickett is the winner of The Times Sydney Friskin Memorial Silver Goblet for 2008.

The presentation will be made to him by Neil Friskin (son) accompanied by David Chappell,Managing Editor of the Newspaper at the annual presentations of the Hockey Writers’ Club held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge on Tuesday 27th January 2009 at 1.30p.m.

Chris Pickett, the Havant President and former England U21, Senior Women and GB Women's Manager looks on during Great Britain training prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic GamesHe cut his teeth as manager of the highly successful Havant side in domestic and European competitions in the eighties when he took over from David Whittle. It included two National League titles and two European campaigns in his first four-year period. He began his long and distinguished run in national team management as Manager of the England men’s Under 21 side preparing for the 1997 Junior World Cup at Milton Keynes. Pickett then moved to the Women’s National Squad followed by the GB women which he managed in the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games.

Much appreciated by the players for his dedication and thoughtfulness he was equally a friend of the media whom he was always ready to assist.

As President of his Club he has been instrumental in reviving their fortunes. Last March with the 1st XI restored to the Premier Division of the National League they finished fourth. The fruits of his five year plan to restore the Club to their glory days of the 70/80/90s had been successful.

Chris brought to both roles many qualities including detailed preparation and dedication. Above all he was always approachable and showed great loyalty in support of his coaches and players. Nothing has been too much trouble for him but he always put the well-being of players first.

David Chappell said: "Chris Pickett has been a great servant for club and country over the years and hockey undoubtedly has been the beneficiary. His calm assurance in demanding circumstances is a distinguishing trait and he is a worthy and deserving winner of The Times award this year."

SOURCE: The Hockey Writers' Club