Congratulations to Katie Dodd; Awarded MBE for Services to Hockey

Katie has been involved in hockey for the best part of 40 years, and her roles within the sport are hugely significant. She reached the highest level as a player, winning 26 caps for England in the 1970s and 1980s, captaining the nation to bronze at the European Indoor Championships. Off the pitch, she served more than 25 years at Ealing Ladies Hockey Club and became a hugely respected administrator at club, county, southern region and national level; also part of the committee of the All England Women’s Hockey Association. Notably she was also a member of the England Hockey board from 2008 to 2015.

Another of her remarkable contributions to the sport came as the first ever Chair of The Hockey Museum, starting in 2011. Under Katie’s stewardship the Woking-based museum has gone from strength to strength, housing @75,000 items from more than 1,000 collections. The museum formally became a charity in 2014, and then in 2018 it was awarded full Arts Council England Museum Accreditation status, as well as the International Hockey Federation’s President’s award for services to the sport.

In 2018 Katie became one of only eight people to have been awarded the England Hockey Member of Honour; the highest accolade awarded by the governing body.

England Hockey Chief Executive Nick Pink said, “This is a worthy award for Katie after a lifetime of service to the sport. Her contribution to the running of hockey is one of the most significant that anybody has made in recent years, so it is only right that she is recognised in this manner.

“In the past decade she has helped create a Hockey Museum that the entire game can benefit from for many years to come. On both a personal and professional level I would like to offer congratulations to her, and this is a spark of good news as we all enter 2021 with renewed hope for what is ahead.”

I have got to know Katie well and she is a remarkable person and truly deserves this honour.  Katies is always available to be a guide and inspiration.

Katie Dodd with former Ealing Ladies HC’s Captain, Netta Forward at Ealing HC Launch day – Sept 2013

Image: Katie Dodd (second from left) receives the England Hockey Member of Honour award in 2018, with Sue Bodycomb, Richard Leman and Royston Hoggarth

Image: Katie Dodd (far right) in action for England in 1979, along with teammate Rosie Sykes