A TEAM of youngsters made it to the final of a special event to show off their digital skills.

The team - called  Leigh Hackspace - took part in the annual Festival of Code put on by Young Rewired State. 

The festival gives those up to 18-years-old the opportunity to create and build digital solutions to real-world problems.

In Birmingham, the youngsters presented their projects on the big screen in front of an audience of more than 12,000 people including parents, mentors, press, industry and expert judges.

Marcus Baw, founder of Leigh Hackspace, said: "It was our first year of entering this year and one of our teams got to the national final.

"There were 1,200 plus kids there and over 160 teams had put in an entry. Our older team got into the final four in our category but they were just pipped to the post. Our younger team made it to the semi finals."

Youngsters, Ellen Higginbotom, aged 16, Niam Patel, aged 17, and Jack Wilsdon, aged 18, were in the older team while Joshua Lowe, aged 11, Kit Balmer, aged nine, and Luke Jones, aged 15, were the younger team. 

To register for next years event go to - http://festival.yrs.io/

The Hackspace also holds coding sessions every Thursday from 6pm until 8pm at the centre in Market Street in Leigh.