YOUTH GAMES: DESPITE the wind and rain, more than 1,200 young people from around the county turned out to compete in the sixth annual Youth Games in Macclesfield on Saturday.
The event was organised by the Sport Cheshire Part-nership and provided an opportunity for young people between the ages of nine and 19 to compete in 21 different competitions within 10 sports, representing the borough in which they live or go to school.
The aim of the Games is to encourage young people to develop their skills and promote physical activity as well as fair play in sport. Nearly 8,000 competitors have been involved in the trials, selection and coaching in the lead-up to the Games.
The event was made possible through the effort and commitment of more than 500 volunteers, who gave up their time to be team managers, coaches and officials.
Support in the way of funding for this year's event came from Sport England and the following sponsors: AstraZeneca, Drugs Intervention Service Cheshire (DISC), Cheshire & Warrington Summer Activities Scheme, Cheshire Healthy Schools Partnership, Connexions Cheshire & Warrington, East Cheshire Primary Care Trust (Health Promotions), Ellesmere Port & Neston NHS Primary Care Trust, Macclesfield College, Manchester Airport, Manchester Metropolitan University and Sir John Deane's College.
The winner of the Overall Fair Play Award sponsored by Connexions was Crewe & Nantwich.
Results Aquathlon: 1, Vale Royal (girls), Macclesfield (boys); 2, Vale Royal (girls), Chester (boys).
Disability athletics: 1, Crewe and Nantwich. Athletics (Years Five and Six): 1, Ellesmere Port and Neston; 2, Crewe and Nantwich. Years Seven and Eight: 1, Congleton; 2, Macclesfield. Fair Play: Warrington.
Boys' Basketball: 1, Warrington; 2, Macclesfield.