Young Robert is first trophy winner

Michael Robinson is pictured awarding the Robert Monk Memorial Cup to Robert Bryce

Michael Robinson is pictured awarding the Robert Monk Memorial Cup to Robert Bryce

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BURNLEY Bobcats swim squad are being generously supported this year by The Society of St. George, Burnley.

In addition to fundraising, the Society have provided Bobcats with a trophy - the Robert Monk Memorial Cup.

And the coaches have agreed with the Society of St George that this years recipient is Robert Bryce.

The trophy was presented to Robert at the last Bobcats training session of the season by head coach Michael Robinson.

Robert, age 10, has just completed his first full season with Bobcats and has trained with determination and enthusiasm throughout the year, and as a result his personal bests are improving.

Robinson said at the presentation: “Robert puts full effort into his training and does exactly as he is asked, which is why we want to recognise him.”

Robert comes from a family with strong swimming connections - his dad Scott was a Bobcats swimmer, and his grandfather Alex has been a volunteer swimming instructor for many years and is still involved with swimming development.

Alex recently won the Vicky Taylor Special Recognition Award at the Burnley Community Sports Awards.

The Society of St George was founded in Burnley in 1939.

The society has worked to support charities and good causes in the Burnley area for over 70 years.

In its early years, the Society was instrumental in raising money that enabled Burnley to buy Spitfire No. R7267 for the RAF in 1941.

In recent years the Society has been proud to support, in addition to the Bobcats, SALUTE, a Burnley-based organisation that provides practical support for ex-service personnel and their families, North West Air Ambulance, The Fire Reduction team at Burnley’s Fire and Rescue Service, and 1st Briercliffe (St James) Scout Group.

The society has also supported individuals that have represented Burnley, or England in international events.

One of their aims is to encourage young people in the local area to become healthier, safer and more responsible members of the community.

The Society of St George celebrates England and English values without prejudice, and is not affiliated with any other similar organisation or political body.

Bobcats are now taking a well earned summer break and will be back training on August 28th at 6-45a.m. at St Peters, Burnley.

More information about Bobcats can be found at www.burnleybobcats.org.uk