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Sutton man Allen Urch awarded MBE for services to swimming

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A Sutton man who has inspired young people to swim and a fundraiser who has supported Nottinghamshire Police have both been recognised in the 2012 New Year honours.

Allen Urch, from Sutton, has been awarded an MBE for his services to swimming in Nottinghamshire after almost five decades teaching and coaching at Sutton Swimming Club
He said: “It is a big surprise and an honour to have been awarded an MBE in the New Year 2012 Honours List.”
Allen became interested in swimming 47 years ago when his two children joined Sutton Swimming Club and he went on to become head coach for 30 years.
At the age of 81 he continues to teach and coach at the club four evenings each week and he also officiates at Saturday or Sunday galas throughout the county as well as at national competitions.
Allen received a Diploma from the International Olympic Committee in 2001 for sustained and outstanding achievement. He has also received several voluntary service awards from Nottinghamshire County
council and Ashfield District Council including Ashfield Citizen of the Year in 2007.
In addition, he serves on various committees both at Sutton Swimming Club along with the Nottinghamshire Amateur Swimming Association and he was President of club in 2008. Allen is also a life member of the Derby and Nottinghamshire League.
Allen’s aim is to make swimming enjoyable as well as develop the skills of young people.

He says: I hope all children that I teach swimming to will carry on from a young age into their teenage years and beyond because I believe it gives them confidence, teaches dedication and how to work as a team