Mini Olympics keeps kids occupied during lockdown


Earlier this year we teamed up with Brentford FC’s Community Sports Trust to host a Mini Olympics challenge for all ages in our communities. Our goal was to bring families and communities together to do something fun and active over the summer. So what did you think?

Casey mini Olympics

‘It gave me a moment’s peace!’

Mum, Claire Mortimer, from Bicester said: ‘The kids had great fun with the Olympic bags. Lillie-May particularly enjoyed using the colouring pencils and Charlie was a pro with the football. It really helped keep them occupied over a difficult summer.’

Hailey, mum of Jaxon and Louis from Bicester said: ‘The children thoroughly enjoyed competing in their own Mini Olympics during the lockdown and for me, it was a lifesaver as it gave me a moment's peace! Thank you A2Dominion for organising this… when’s the next one?’

Mrs Osmani, mum of Ibraheem from West Ealing said: ‘He really enjoyed the challenge and making the cake, especially as there was no school due to lockdown. A fantastic initiative from A2Dominion - thank you. It has been a wonderful, educational experience which was arranged really well. The gift bag was a very good idea too which my son has been using.’

What were the Mini Olympics all about?

In partnership with Brentford Football Cub Community Sport Trust, we put together mini Olympic bags containing balls, bean bags, cones, colouring pencils, a skipping rope, and a whole range of challenges and competitions including:

  • NHS skipping challenge: to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS we challenged you to skip for at least 72 seconds
  • Olympic bake-off:  we asked you to create the most imaginatively Olympic-themed cake
  • Wordsearch: our tricky wordsearch included only Olympic-themed words – a chance to test your attention skills and learn some new words
  • A2Dominion Olympic logo design: designing a logo takes a lot of thought and creativity. Our logo competition asked you to design a unique logo for A2Dominion, thinking about the colours and shapes used in previous Olympics games and how the Olympic rings are included.

When did the Olympics take place?

During the week commencing 3 August residents were invited to pick up a bag at select locations, challenge their family and friends to a range of activities over the summer, and record their achievements. At the end of their Olympics, they could claim their certificate and medal to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

Who were the big winners?

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s mini Olympics. We were so impressed by the entries and found it very difficult to choose winners. No, really – it took a lot of talking and time to decide!

And the winners are…

  • NHS skipping challenge: Huda from London
  • Bake-off: Ibraheem, aged 12, from Ealing
  • Wordsearch: Rhyz, aged 12, from Feltham
  • Logo design: Casey, aged 10, from Staines

Now the only big question is - can you beat your scores next year?

Interested in activities like this?

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