Award for work in his community

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A popular swimming coach described as a ‘rock’ to his local club has been awarded for his dedication and work to his local community.

Charles Rogers has been given a Halifax ‘Giving Extra’ award for making a positive difference in his local area.

The 68-year-old is one of 66 local winners from across the UK – recognised by the Halifax awards for his dedication to Skegness Amateur Swimming Club.

Although retired, he continues to dedicate his life to swimming and coaching on a voluntary basis – and works hard to support the club’s youngsters improve their swimming.

For the past five years he has committed to do more than eight hours of coaching each week, as well as attending meetings and competitions at weekends.

“I was surprised but also delighted to win the award,” said Charles. “It was such an honour to just be nominated, so I am hugely proud to have actually won this on behalf of the whole team at Skegness Amateur Swimming Club.”

Charles has helped the club progress from a start-up to a highly competitive squad with swimmers competing in county, regional and national competitions and is developing a long-term plan for those he sees as having the talent and ambition to succeed in their sport. The club says it views him as both its ‘rock’ and a ‘grandfather’ figure who helps swimmers of all abilities achieve their best and he is an inspiration for them all.

A Halifax spokesman said: “The work Charles has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves this recognition. He has truly gone the extra mile for people in our community – and we are delighted to recognise this.”