President of BVF awarded OBE

Richard CallicotRichard Callicott, President of British Volleyball has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in recognition of his services to volleyball. Richard as President of the British Volleyball Federation has been leading the development of Great Britain’s volleyball teams as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Richard Callicott has a strong history in volleyball and sport administration. He started the Sandwell Volleyball Tournament over 30 years ago, which at its peak, became one of the biggest in Europe at this time and won the IOC ‘Sport for All’ award when it attracted 420 teams.

Richard is the current Chairman of the Commonwealth Volleyball Federation Steering Group which was successful in getting beach volleyball included on the list of optional events at the Commonwealth Games from 2018. Richard is also a Director of the British Paralympics Association.

He is the former Chief Executive of UK Sport where he received the prestigious Emlyn Jones Award for outstanding services in sports administration. Richard was also the Director of Sport for the National Indoor Arena of Sport from 1990-99 and the former British Delegate for the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

“This is wonderful news for British Volleyball especially as we are now days away from the London 2012 Olympics. It is wonderful that Richard has been recognised by the Queen for his magnificent contribution to volleyball. And everyone in Scottish Volleyball would like to congratulate Richard on this fantastic achievement and in recognition of his services to our great sport.”

Margaret Ann Fleming
Chief Executive