THOUSANDS of young athletes have battled for glory at the West Yorkshire Youth Games.

And Kirklees’ schools have come home with a host of gold medals across a range of sports.

The games, launched by Hannah Cockroft, four-times World Record holder and 2012 Paralympian were held at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley campus and saw 127 teams from 90 schools enjoy a day competing across ten sports.

Wins for Kirklees included Dewsbury’s Bywell C of E who won the under 11 mixed tag rugby while the gymnastics title was scooped by Huddersfield Grammar School.

Scissett youngsters won the under 11 mixed Kwik Cricket and Scholes year fivetriumphed in the mini-tennis tournament.

Runners-up medals were also snapped up by Wooldale year 3/4 in the mini-tennis and Scissett year 7 in the athletics.

Tess Wilkinson, head of PE at Huddersfield Grammar, said: “From start to finish it was a fantastic experience.

“They’ve got a little opening ceremony that they do, it’s like the Olympics.

“The teams walked on with banners with the name of their local authority on it and then everyone goes away to compete.

“It was a really positive experience for all the children.”

Overall Kirklees schools tied for third place with Calderdale.

The winners were Leeds with Bradford second and Wakefield fifth.

Nigel Harrison, director of West Yorkshire Sport, added:

“These games are the sporting highlight for hundreds of young athletes across the five districts and are often the first time many of them will taste the excitement of a major event.”

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