Chloe Jordan and Philip Schellekens honoured on International Volunteer Day

Wales’ Chloe Jordan and the Netherlands’ Philip Schellekens have been recognised as examples of those who selflessly give their service to the promotion of hockey on International Volunteer Day.

The duo are the two EuroHockey nominations for 2023 for an FIH International Volunteer Day award, recognising the invaluable contribution of each nominee. 

Chloe, a dynamic 23-year-old, is a leading figure in EuroHockey’s Youth Leadership activities. Serving as co-chair of the Youth Panel since last December, she has been dedicated to hockey since her youth, starting as a Hockey Wales Young Ambassador at age 12. 

She has been a prominent advocate for youth in various sporting organizations, playing key roles in organising EuroHockey Youth Festivals and ID Championships. 

Chloe Jordan presenting at this year’s Youth Festival

This summer, she led the EuroHockey Youth Festival in Germany, bringing together 50 individuals to showcase youth impact in the sport. Chloe, a Sport Wales Young Ambassador, Hockey Ireland Youth Panel member, and Youth Sports Trust board member, is undertaking sport studies at the University of Ulster. 

Passionate about disability sport, she actively promotes hockey for those with intellectual disabilities in Wales. Chloe’s ultimate goal is to inspire more young people to engage in volunteering, utilizing her voice and platform for the next generation of youth leaders.

Philip Schellekens has contributed significantly to the development of umpires. His tireless work spans the Netherlands, the EuroHockey and international events. A former top-level umpire, he officiated the first indoor World Cup Final in 2003. 

Upon retiring, Philip became a key Umpire Manager (UM), shaping tournaments and providing essential support, preparation, and assessments for umpires. His mentorship extends to his role as NOC*NSF Referee Coach. 

Philip Schellekens. Picture: Koen Suyk

As a leader in EuroHockey’s Umpiring Development Programme (UDP), he has inspired and trained referees, showcasing his vast experience with enthusiasm. Philip’s dedication to hockey umpiring and development is a valuable asset, marked by his leadership and enjoyment in the role of UM.

Among the thousands of volunteers involved in delivering hockey events around the world every year, these are just the stories of a few. 

On this International Volunteers Day, we give our thanks to every single volunteer whose efforts help grow and develop the world of hockey. They truly are the unsung heroes that make hockey possible around the globe. 

** To read more about the other continental federations’ nominations, click here

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