Pam Lycett MBE (right)
Pam Lycett MBE (right)
(Photo: FIH / England Hockey Board)

Congratulations to Pam Lycett in Staffordshire who has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for Services to Hockey in Staffordshire. Pam was named in the Queen's New Years' Honours List, which was published by the British Government earlier this week. 

Pam, known to many in the hockey family as Auntie Pam, of Etchinghill, near Rugeley, has been playing hockey since her school days and joined Aldridge Hockey Club in 1953 where she played for many years before hanging her stick up for a whistle.  She is now a life member of the club, now Aldridge and Walsall Hockey Club, and during her time she has held numerous roles helping it to develop into a thriving club which has both a men's, women's and junior section.

As well as playing, umpiring and volunteering for Aldridge and Walsall, Pam has also made a considerable contribution to her County and Regional Hockey Associations.  During her playing years she was a member of the Staffordshire Ladies County team and since retiring she has been an active member of both the Staffordshire Women's Hockey Association, the Midlands Hockey Association and also helps with the Junior County set-up as well. 

Since taking a slightly less active role with the everyday running of hockey in the local area the Staffordshire Women’s Hockey Association have made her an honouree committee member.

Speaking after the announcement was made, Pam said: “I am very proud, it was a lovely surprise."

The British honours system is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognising merit, gallantry and service.

Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of The Queen's official birthday. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. 

Source Material: England Hockey Board Media release