5th June 2014, 8:48am
Sport student Alice picks up Prime Minister’s award for volunteering
Alice Carter receives her award (Credit: Steve Smailes, The Lincolnite) A postgraduate student from the University of Lincoln has been given an award from Prime Minister David Cameron after contributing more than 2,500 hours as a volunteer on community sports projects.

Alice Carter, who is currently studying for an MRes in Sport Development in Lincoln’s School of Sport & Exercise Science, has been recognised with a Point of Light award, which honours the hard work of people who are making a positive change in their community and inspiring others.

For the past four years, Alice has given her time to numerous community- based sports and youth projects, engaging with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Her volunteering began while she was studying for  a BSc(Hons) in Sports Development and Coaching at the University of Lincoln. During the holiday periods and in the evenings, she would coordinate sports sessions in city parks, run a Saturday night football project and she developed a street hockey project with a group of Slovakian hockey players.

Now she plays a vital role in the development of the local community group, Action LN2. Through the project she helps to organise regular litter picks in the Monks Road area or the city, as well as community events such as summer fun days.

Alice, who was presented with her award by Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP, still remains engaged in sport through the weekly Saturday morning football project she developed from scratch, which is held at Lincoln’s Arboretum.

Alice said: “I feel extremely proud to have been given this award. Like other Point of Light award winners, I do not volunteer to gain recognition but simply because I love being able to use my time constructively to make a difference to somewhere or somebody, therefore getting this award is very humbling. I hope other people will be inspired by these awards to see how they can support their own community and take a pride and interest in where they live.”
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