By Tony Dewhurst

Watford Football Club enjoyed a special evening at the football Oscars.

The Kickz project - delivered by Watford's Community Sports and Education Trust - landed top prize at a special awards ceremony.

Home Group Limited, who funded the Beacon Community Centre in Rayners Lane - nominated the Trust for its work on the Kickz project at the centre.

"We are really honoured to pick up the award, which was in the Contribution to Children and Young people category," said Steve Williams, Watford's Social Inclusion senior manager.

Watford's Trust has coached for three years at the centre, also introducing boxing, table tennis, badminton and street dance as part of their programme for the Rayners Lane residents.

"We've worked hand in hand with The Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Harrow and the Beacon Community Centre has really helped bring people together as the area was regenerated with new housing and better facilities., " added Steve.

"We've had some fantastic feedback from the residents, and it really seems to have made a difference."

Greg Willerton, Social Inclusion Officer for Harrow, collected the award on behalf of Watford's Community Trust.

He said: "It's a great achievement to win such an award for the relationship we have built up and for the good work we deliver in Harrow for the Kickz project."

Kickz uses the power of football and appeal of professional football clubs to engage with young and sometimes disadvantaged children.

The scheme targets some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country to create stronger, safer and more respectful communities through the development of young people's potential.

Mike Evans, The Football League Trust National Project Manager, said: "It is a fantastic effort by Watford's community staff, they've made a terrific impact."

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