THE Torridge team at the Devon Youth Games, hosted by Plymouth City Council, came away with the prestigious overall Fair Play Award, a gold medal in the Mini-Soccer, where they returned home unbeaten, and the Aquathlon (swimming and running) Year 5 and 6

THE Torridge team at the Devon Youth Games, hosted by Plymouth City Council, came away with the prestigious overall Fair Play Award, a gold medal in the Mini-Soccer, where they returned home unbeaten, and the Aquathlon (swimming and running) Year 5 and 6 Team won a silver.The Fair Play trophy highlights this very aspect of the competition, emphasising the importance of sportsmanship, compliance with rules, team spirit, honesty, promptness and behaviour. Torridge was voted top in this category across all the 12 sports in which the team competed.The district was well represented in a wide array of sports this year - the aquathlon athletics, badminton, girls' cricket, girls' and boys' hockey, gymnastics, netball, mini-soccer, mixed and girls' tag rugby, and tennis. In all, Torridge youngsters competed against more than1,000 others from throughout Devon in the county's biggest youth sports event of the year.James Jarroudi, Health and Leisure Development Officer at Torridge District Council, said: "The Devon Youth Games Team this year, like every year, was an absolute credit to the District of Torridge. I was extremely proud to represent the District with the children who attended. " With the rural nature of our area, the scale of participants and number of clubs that we have, we are always going to find it hard to compete with the likes of Plymouth and Exeter. However, winning the Fair Play Trophy this year has highlighted the good nature, attitude and sportsmanship of the participants. I would like to extend special thanks to all of the staff who assisted on the day, especially Jenny Preece who has worked voluntarily alongside the Culture and Leisure team for seven months in preparation for the Games. Well Done Everyone!"Councillor Roger Johnson said, "As Lead Member for Youth and Play in the Torridge District, I would like to congratulate everyone - children, staff and officers on the success at the Devon Youth Games. It was a wonderful event and such a boost for Torridge that local children can take sport so seriously".If anyone is interested in taking part in next year's event or would like to help staff the event, please contact The Culture and Leisure Team at Torridge District Council on 01237 428737.