Giles Hilton, chairman and commercial manager at Canterbury, has received an MBE for services to rugby union in Kent.

Hilton has been involved with the National Two South club for over 40 years and has witnessed Canterbury work their way through the division and into levels three and four.

Speaking to Canterbury’s club website, Giles said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have this award bestowed upon me, but I am also deeply thankful to my wife Phillipa, my sons, my family for their unwavering support, and that of Canterbury RFC players, members, supporters, sponsors, and volunteers that have allowed the club to grow in the astonishing way it has in the last 20 years. Without them none of this would have been possible.”

Everyone at National League Rugby would like to pass on our congratulations to Giles!