Family and friends give it some welly in memory of Ulverston youngster Josh West

18 June 2017 8:51PM

THE life of an avid footballing youngster from Ulverston was celebrated at a community sports day today.

The Joshua West Foundation welcomed youngsters from Ulverston and beyond to compete in a host of sporting games and activities.

Talented Swarthmoor FC goalkeeper Josh West died days before his 12th birthday after suffering an asthma attack in April 2016, leaving his family, friends and community in shock.

Josh's dad Lee, who last year was given the Heart of Ulverston Courage Award, said: "The main reason we're all here is because of my lad, but as long as everyone's having fun I'm happy.

"He used to love stuff like this and he was always getting involved.

"That's all that matters. As long as everybody else is having a laugh then he'll be happy, and that's the main thing."

Individual activities included wang the welly, an obstacle course, dizzy penalties, cross bar challenge and fastest serve.

At the same time as the individual activities take place, 16 pre-registered teams were put through a series of matches and games from rugby and football to cricket and dodgeball, before finishing in a grand old tug of war.

The events, at Ulverston Sports Club, were open to all ages, with Josh's mum Nicola Lancaster taking part on one of the teams.

Mr West said: "I tried organising a team but no one wanted to be on my side.

"I've been given my list of jobs and that's what I've got to do.

"Football's my thing so I'm pleased to be refereeing, but as long as we're part of it in some way we're both happy."

The community sports day saw hundreds of competitors flock to the fields to take part.

Mr West said: "It's great to see everybody putting teams in and having some good craic and a good laugh.

The day was the latest in sporting tributes to Josh, with a charity football match held in April in memory of Josh and Kendal FC manager Neil Humble, a friend of the family who died suddenly at home aged 44.

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