THE eighth annual Cheshire Youth Games gets under way in Ellesmere Port this weekend with children from across the county bidding for sporting success.
Ellesmere Port and Neston will be represented by a group of talented youngsters aged from nine-19 who will compete in a variety of sports including mini tennis, athletics, basketball, boccia, girls' Kwik cricket, football for both sexes, hockey, netball and tag rugby.
Michelle Aspden, the borough council's youth sports development officer, said: 'We're delighted to be hosting the Games and are looking forward to a fantastic event. It's very exciting to see how well volunteers, local clubs and the borough council have worked together to organise the event and coordinate their teams.'
After a mass warm-up for all the participants at 9.30am on Saturday, the real action gets underway at Stanney athletics track, Cheshire Oaks High School, and David Lloyd Leisure from 10am.
Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council is hopeful that the event will encourage more youngsters to get involved with sport.
Michelle Aspden added: 'We hope that through the trials, training and competition organised to form the squad for 2006 each individual who took part will have the opportunity to continue playing in a local club after the games have taken place.
'As well as enabling young people to take part in fun, safe competition, the youth games also allows clubs to recruit and develop more coaches and volunteers, helping them to climb the sporting ladder too.'
For further information about the Cheshire and Warrington Partnership Youth Games, contact Michelle Aspden on 0151 356 6456 or e-mail email@example.com