The exciting new sport, play and leisure facilities at Oxhey Activity Park, which were opened last month by Watford Borough Council, has won an award at the Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards (22 October).

Published: 26 October 2020

The awards – which received over 3,000 votes across the county – are organised by Herts Sports Partnership and are now in their 17th year. Regular face Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft compered the prestigious event virtually this year, which focused on the amazing work and achievements of Hertfordshire’s sporting community throughout a difficult and uncertain time.


Oxhey Activity Park was awarded the Vice Chairs Award for being ‘one of the beacons of light that emerged during lockdown within Hertfordshire’. The facility has a state of the art skate park, a new café, a bike trail, an adventure playground and new habitats aimed at improving biodiversity. These are just some of the features of the new space designed for children and adults to enjoy.


Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft went on to say “That a local authority was able to make such a significant investment in a modern state-of-the-art facility at its heart the needs and views of young people, and at a time of such budgetary constraints, it’s a great credit to the vision and intent of Watford Borough Council’


Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “I’m so glad that Oxhey Activity Park has received the Vice Chairs Award only one month after being opened. The fact it’s already won an award and is being recognised by people across Hertfordshire and even the country, is testament to the great facilities on offer. One of the key parts of my manifesto was to improve Watford’s parks and green spaces and get more people out and about enjoying these facilities.


“There have been some fantastic and creative ways of staying active and keeping the love of sport shining through this uncertain time, so I would also like to thank the dedication and selfless efforts of sports volunteers across Watford, who have kept people healthy and happy during the pandemic. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, parks and sport clubs have never been more important, people need places where they can connect, take exercise and also fun.”


To find out more about Herts Sports Partnership and the Herts Service to Sport Award, please visit

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