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Phil Brown OLY

Phil Brown OLY

Double Commonwealth Games and Olympic Medalist

In a sport that celebrates the endeavours and performance of the individual, Phil is a Commonwealth 400m Bronze medalist and UK 400m record holder. It was however in the relay and the “knack” of securing medals on the Anchor Leg that people remember Phil for and so it was, at the LA84 Games that the team secured an Olympic Silver Medal that earned him the street sign name, "Phil Brown Place" in Lambeth.

Phil retired from World Class Athletics in the early 90s and embarked upon a new career as a Development Worker for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He was soon promoted to Regional Director for the East Midlands serving 17,000 young people in 1996 and by 2010, he became Director for Central England enriching the lives of 48,000 participants with 1000 young people attending Gold Award Ceremonies at St James Palace each year.

After 25 years of loyal service, Phil has moved on and is the founder of the not-for-profit company Champions Realm Limited. It was created to help schools build resilience in their pupils; support and enrich the lives pupils and their families and engage in projects that support the communities in which they live.

He is an accomplished speaker and is as comfortable speaking to small audiences, as well as at larger events like Gold Award Celebrations at St James Palace.

Phil has facilitated interactive workshops in areas of:-

  • Launch events “The Daily Mile” in primary schools
  • Windrush Generation inputs for Black Family History Month
  • Resilience Workshops
  • GCSE Physical Education/Sports Performance inputs
  • Celebration Events & Speech Days
  • DofE Celebrations

Testimonials from Teachers

"Please could you pass on this message of thanks to Phil for attending our ‘Certificate Presentation Evening’ last night. He was absolutely superb and had staff, parents and students howling with laughter at his anecdotal scenarios. We were all thoroughly engaged and indeed inspired. The evening is always the highlight of the academic year for me: a little like the Oscars of the education world. We had a wonderful evening and would most certainly like to have Phil at Great Barr Academy once more."

– Ingrid Abrahams, Great Barr Academy

"When Phil attended our Black Heritage event, the children were excited and enthused by his presentation. It was lovely to hear about his journey to the Olympics and how this was influenced by his family and personal choices. Phil has a range of skills and ideas and prospects which will benefit any school. It was a pleasure working with him."

– Emma Pinnock, Assistant Headteacher, Autism Specialist, Rookery School​

"Phil attended our presentation evening and made a powerful and important contribution to the occasion. Many pupils parents and governors and friends of the school were in attendance and many commented on how much they enjoyed Phil’s comments. Throughout the evening he was humble and inspirational and spoke with passion and integrity… He is clearly an outstanding ambassador both for the DofE and the enduring spirit of the Olympic Games"

– Dennis Tattoo, Assistant Head Teacher, Thomas Mills High School​

"Phil came and spoke to a mixed audience of students and parents and was absolutely brilliant. One of the parents emailed me the next day to say 'Your chosen speaker was outstanding …. One of the most motivating and real speakers I’ve heard, so what an extra treat to be there'"

– Lucy Matthews, Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form), Trent College​

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West Midlands


  • Primary
  • Sports
  • Lifestyle
  • Assemblies and Celebrations Events
  • Well-being
  • Disability

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