15 March 2024

The Korfball Team



England Korfball is delighted to confirm the appointment of the new Chair, Marvin Robinson. The appointment of Marvin is the result of an extensive recruitment process following the retirement of Ellen Pearce in 2023.Marvin spent over 15 years as a professional footballer (in both the Premier League & EFL).

Following his retirement from football Marvin founded, grew, and then successfully exited two high growth start-up businesses, was Chief Executive of a charitable Foundation and has spent approximately 10 years performing a range of private sector consulting assignments across a range of sectors.

Marvin also fulfils a number of non-executive roles within elite sport including as an FA Councillor, UEFA Delegate, Premier League Delegate, Arbitrator for Sport Resolutions and also Chair of the English Schools’ Football Association.

He was named, both in 2017 and 2020, as one of the most influential black people in football.

Clive Dobbin, Operations Director, said:-
“I am delighted that we have been able to secure as chair someone of Marvin’s calibre and experience. I am sure that with his skills and experiences he will add real value to England Korfball, and will really drive the organisation forward to maximise the opportunities which exist both domestically and internationally.
Marvin’s initial focus will be on developing a new strategy, and we will announce shortly the plan for engaging with the Korfball community so everyone can have a real and meaningful input into this new strategy.”

Marvin Robinson said:-
“I am profoundly honoured to join England Korfball as its new Chair during this transformative period.
This opportunity to lead England Korfball into its next chapter represents a significant moment for me, bridging my history in professional sport with my entrepreneurial and strategic leadership experiences.

My focus is on working closely with the community to develop a visionary strategy that capitalises on Korfball’s unique appeal, untapped potential and amplifies our sport’s national and international standing.

I am fully committed to harnessing the sport’s inherent potential to create a lasting, positive impact on and off the court.
Together, we will chart a vibrant and inclusive future for Korfball.”