A HAMPSHIRE teenager has been recognised by Theresa May for his outstanding contribution to the community.

Warren Clark, 18, from North Baddesley has received a Points of Light award for his work which has ensured golf is accessible for disabled people.

Through his charity, Warren Clark Golfing Dreams, the 18-year-old, who has autism, has provided free golf sessions to more than 5,000 disabled people.

The Points Light Award, that has been awarded to Warren recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

In a personal letter to Warren, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The success of your foundation is testament to your passion for golf and your dedication to seeing more disabled people take up the sport.

“Through the free taster sessions you provide, you have enabled thousands of people to participate in golf and enjoy playing alongside others.

“I wish you the very best as you represent our country in this year’s Special Olympics.”

Warren, who has volunteered at golf clubs since the age of 11 is also a special Ambassador for the Special Olympic World Games.

This is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, which started in Abu Dhabi on March 14.

His charity, which he set up in 2016, receives funding from the National Lottery and is also the only organisation in the UK providing free taster sessions in golf for people with learning and development difficulties.

Warren said: “I am thrilled and proud to be receiving this award and so pleased to receive it.

“Thanks so much, it’s very exciting at this time especially being at the World Games with Special Olympics, I hope to do well and will be giving my golf my everything, that’s all I can possibly do! I hope one day to meet the Prime Minister and thanks so much for the award, I feel very honoured.”