Dorset Youth Association hold first ever Dor'lympics in Dorchester

Dorset Youth Association hold first ever Dor'lympics in Dorchester

FLAMING GLORY: Olympic torch bearer Courtney Smith visits the Dor’lympics

ON THE BALL: Youngsters take part in their own Dor’Lympics

GAMES FOR ALL: Everyone had the opportunity to take part

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Features & entertainments writer

YOUNGSTERS took part in Olympic sports containing a dash of Dorset.

The Dorset Youth Association (DYA) held its first Dor’lympics in Dorchester for its affiliated clubs and groups.

Emma Brown, DYA project worker for clubs and groups, said: “We wanted to bring the clubs together for a fun day, so we used the Olympic theme but with a twist.”

Teams took part in ultimate frisbee, volleyball, welly wanging and Dorset knob throwing.

After adding up the results the overall winners were Loders Young Players ‘A’ team, who walked away with a Wii and sports game.

Youngsters also got on their bikes and learnt what it takes to generate enough electricity to power a radio by trying out the Bridport Renewable Energy Groups bike. Dave Thompson, director of the DYA, said: “This is the first in our programme of events to celebrate Dorset Youth Association’s 70th Anniversary.

“We’ve been helping voluntary clubs and groups across Dorset since 1943 through changing times with the aim of improving the quality of life for children and young people.”

The West Dorset District Council Action Van will also be on hand to provide a range of entertainment on the day.

Emma said she would like to thank everyone who helped with the event.

She said: “We couldn’t have put this on without help from many people.

“Particularly Tesco who provided snacks and water for everyone, Scats who provided the wellies for wanging, Dorchester Youth Club who gave us music for the whole day and the PA equipment, Henry Ling, Pennon Group, 49th Bournemouth Air Scouts and sustainability organisation da21.”

Any groups working with children and young people who are interested in affiliating with the DYA should contact Emma at emmabrown@dorsetyouth. com, call 01305 262440 or visit

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