A COMMUNITY volunteer is celebrating after receiving an award for her contribution to cycling.

Alison Grant received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister, which recognises outstanding individuals who are making a change and inspiring others within their community.

She helped create the largest under-16 cycling club in the country, known as Hillingdon Slipstreamers Go-Ride Club.

Alison said: “I am amazed I was considered for this award and quite overwhelmed as the role I have at Hillingdon Slipstreamers is just one cog in a massive wheel of volunteers.

She added: “I never tire of seeing smiling faces when children achieve their potential.”

Alison was presented with the award by Sports Minister Helen Grant on the Tour de France Stage 3 finish line in London.

Since she joined the club 14 years ago, participation has boomed, increasing from 20 members in 1998 to more than 300 members today.

The national Go-Ride programme aims to safely introduce young cyclists to the sport, while providing them with the opportunity to improve their handling skills.

British Cycling's director of coaching, education and development, John Mills, said: “It’s fantastic to see Alison's hard work and passion recognised at this level.”

To find out more about the Hillingdon Slipstreamers Go-Ride programme, visit www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile?&club_id=2772