Martin receiving his Order of Merit from FIH President Leandro Negre at the FIH Congress Dinner held in Dubai. Martin Gotheridge was awarded the Order of Merit by the International Hockey Federation at a dinner held during the FIH Congress in Dubai in November 2016.
Order of Merit is the FIH’s highest individual honour. The award was given to Martin for all of his work for hockey. The dinner was held outside, at the Amani Hotel, in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Martin started his career in hockey administration as secretary of West Bridgford HC in 1965, through Notts County, Midland League, First President of the combined Midland Regional Hockey Association, President of England Hockey and finally President of European Hockey Federation (2008-2011). Also a member of the FIH Executive Board. At both the Olympics in London & Rio he was a member of the Jury of Appeal.