The West Ham United Kickz project scooped two prizes at the prestigious 2013 Kickz Awards ceremony at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home on Tuesday.

The glittering event celebrates the work of the Premier League's flagship community project over the last 12 months and honours all of the participants, staff and volunteers who are helping to turn people's lives around in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the community.

The club's Kickz co-ordinator George Chukwuma was delighted to see two youngsters from his project rewarded for their input and progress in the scheme.

"I'm really proud to see our two participants receive awards today. They've both worked hard over the last year and I hope they continue to make progress with us in the future," said George.

"I joined West Ham United as a youngster and moved up the ladder from a volunteer to a full time member of the team and I hope they are inspired by my journey too."

Volunteer Award

This award is to recognise one volunteer (aged 16-25) from each community scheme, highlighting their contribution and commitment.

Philip Brown, 17, has developed both his football ability and commitment considerably since his involvement in the programme and he undertakes tasks to assist coaches or lend a hand at events.

The teenager first began attending West Ham's Kickz programme at the age of 12 and has since represented the Kickz football team at various tournaments.

Philip, who also completed a work experience placement within the club's community department during last year's Easter break, has earned several qualifications through the Kickz scheme including an FA Level 1 coaching badge and Community Leaders Awards.

Inspiring Young Person Award

This award allowed each club's community scheme to give recognition to a nominated young person (aged 12-18) from their Kickz project based on achievement, attitude, commitment and actions to help make the project a success.

West Ham's winner Jeremiah Kamanzi is a shining example of how the Kickz project can be a positive influence in the life of a young person.

Having attended the project since the age of 13, the keen footballer has progressed to a young volunteer role, helping coaches with the planning of sessions and also taking warm-ups and cool downs after training.

Although young Jeremiah was unable to attend the event, the award was collected by Kai Parkinson on his behalf.

Look out for an exclusive highlights video including interviews with our winners coming soon to West Ham TV.

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