ATHLETES have attended a celebration in their honour, held by the borough council at the civic hall, following the Cheshire and Warrington Partnership Youth Games.

Participants, family, friends, volunteers, coaches, sponsors and staff involved with the Ellesmere Port and Neston team saw all participants presented with participation certificates, medals and individual awards.

Michelle Aspden, youth sport development officer, said: “This year was a real challenge in terms of engaging young people.

“We want to involve the 14 to 16 year age group, who traditionally do not take part in sport, so we had to provide alternatives to traditional sports.”

Ellesmere Port and Neston took more than 60 young people and volunteers to the games at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

The teams for basketball, badminton and cheerleading spent the day taking part in exciting and fun competitions, with breaks allowing them to take part in the taster sessions.

The rest of the participants took part in 45-minute taster sessions in activities such as judo, handball, canoeing, futsal, skateboarding and skipping.

The celebration event also highlighted young people who showed additional enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

Nathalie Primrose and Scott Devoy received special recognition awards for their outstanding performances.

Michelle added: “Special thanks needs to be given to our sponsors Shell UK who provided the funding for this. Thanks also to all the volunteers who came from local clubs such as Millbrook Badminton Club, Friday Night Fever, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Junior Basketball Club and Nike.”