Dozens of delighted youngsters celebrated their sporting achievements in Epsom on Wednesday night.

The students from schools around the Epsom and Ewell borough were at the Epsom Playhouse following their successes at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games. The Olympic-style spectacular were held earlier in the summer at Guildford and Woking and the borough’s participants achieved second place overall behind the winners Woking.

Despite just being pipped, the team beat all its rivals for the number of medals won while Team Epsom and Ewell achieved the honour of entering participants in all the sports.

At the Playhouse, the youngsters received warm praise from the town mayor Cllr Neil Dallen who handed out certificates of achievement to all those who were able to make the ceremony.

Others who earned praise included Team Epsom and Ewell’s young ambassadors who helped promote the games at their respective schools.

Novices who took part in their individual sports for the first time were also warmly applauded with Isabella Newton, from St Clement’s School in Ewell, being announced the winner for her participation in the judo and coming away with the gold.

The Catholic school was also announced as the borough’s most supportive school to the delight of several of its students who were able to make the sporting spectacle.

Special thanks was also given to Mark Hill, the borough’s team manager, who helped co-ordinate the squad’s efforts while all the coaches and clubs from the various sports were praised for giving up their time and providing the facilities to train the youngsters.