TWO Wirral colleges are celebrating after receiving recognition at the national Youth Sport Trust Awards.

Clare Mount and Bebington High sports colleges picked up prizes in the Outstanding School Award for inclusion and health and well-being respectively.

Health leader Kev Byrne from Bebington High said: ““It was a brilliant night for Wirral.

“To have two of the six national awards going to Wirral schools shows the strength of our PE and Sport provision in the area”

Dan Keefe, deputy head and director of sport at Clare Mount, said: “Clare Mount and Bebington have always worked closely together to develop PE and Sport provision for young people on the Wirral and have both been named Merseyside Sport Secondary School of the Year in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“Both schools share a common vision that sport changes lives and we regularly see the impact of our programmes on the attendance, behaviour and self-esteem of the young people involved.”

Clare Mount has been the Youth Sport Trust inclusion school for Merseyside for the last six years, and in that time have trained thousands of teachers and leaders in inclusive PE practice.

Bebington is the health and well-being lead for the area and has introduced a range of initiatives such as “personal best Thursdays.”

Mr Keefe added: “For both schools to now gain national recognition at the same awards is very special and testimony to the hard work, dedication and innovative practice which happens in both schools.”