CARL Buckley was well known for his love of sport.
Now Neville Lovett Community School in Fareham has presented an award to a student in his memory.
The 20-year-old, from Eastfield Avenue, sadly died in November after battling with a brain tumour.
He had dreamed of becoming a PE teacher and would often take part in a variety of different sports when he studied at the school until he was 16.
To honour the popular young man, the Carl Buckley trophy has been presented to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to sport at the school.
Megan Seward, 16, from Crossfell Walk in Fareham has just completed her GCSEs at the school.
She played netball, basketball, football and completed cross-country, among various other sports.
She was presented with the award by Carl’s parents Tracey and Rob at a ceremony which took place in the school hall.
Friends of Carl’s, Matthew Paterson, 21, and Floyd Moore, 20, were also at the ceremony.
‘It was a shock,’ said Megan.
‘I didn’t know, I was so happy when I got it.
‘It meant a lot to get an award that was in memory of someone who meant so much to other people.’
The award will be presented to a different student every year in Carl’s memory.
His parents have been invited back to the school for the ceremony again next year.
Carl’s mum, Tracey, 48, said: ‘It was very emotional. It’s just a fantastic honour.
‘I am just amazed at how Carl must have touched so many people really.
‘He hadn’t even been at the school for four years. For the school to do that for Carl shows he must have left a really good feel and a good aura.
‘He was a star to us but everybody else must have been touched by him too.
‘He would be proud. I am sure he has got a big smile on his face right now. This is just amazing.’
Carl was a huge fan of Liverpool Football Club and also enjoyed other sports such as tennis.
Nadine Powrie, headteacher at the school, said: ‘Carl is a former pupil at the school and we wanted to do something in his memory.
‘We thought having an award for an outstanding contribution to sport in his memory would be a way to do it.
‘We know that he played in many of the school teams.
‘It was quite an emotional evening.
‘It should be an annual award so that our students can be inspired in memory of Carl.
‘It’s very sad. We just wanted to do something which is going to show that he is still with us.’