‘Let’s Unite’ in Dewsbury


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BUILDING RELATIONS: Faith groups and community groups came together in Dewsbury last week for the fourth annual Let’s Unite event

BUILDING RELATIONS: Faith groups and community groups came together in Dewsbury last week for the fourth annual Let’s Unite event

Archery, football and a whole lot of fun

Local youth group, Kumon Y’all, had another hugely successful ‘Let’s Unite’ event on 16th July when the British Army and West Yorkshire police joined local faith leaders for a day of uniting communities.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, saw over 1,000 people turn out to join in with a range of activities, including the flagship football tournament.

Those who attended were also able to enjoy an army assault course, archery combat and activity stalls whilst building up multi-faith relations as they played.

TARGET ACQUIRED: The army test their skills on the archery

TARGET ACQUIRED: The army test their skills on the archery

Volunteers from the youth group even cooked up a storm on the BBQ, serving burgers to footballers who had worked up a sweat on Savile Town Sports Field.

Three six-a-side tournaments took place - one for Years 7 and 8, another for Years 9 and 10 and a game for the over-40s which was a real crowd pleaser.

Farook Yunus, group leader at Kumon Y’All, said the event was growing every year and was delighted to see so many community groups represented.

ON POINT: The archery combat activity was introduced for the first time this year, pictured are members of West Yorkshire Fire Service

ON POINT: The archery combat activity was introduced for the first time this year, pictured are members of West Yorkshire Fire Service

“I believe the event was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I've seen it grow into something which truly marks a day in history and a day which we are going to be remembered for.

“From the first year, having no hope of it being a tremendous success, to the fourth year, with over 1,000 people attending, it’s been a great achievement.”

Eventual winners in the over-40’s football tournament were the Withesthorpe sports club whilst the Hamara Foundation claimed success in archery combat.

OPENING DIALOGUE: Kumon Y’all group organiser, Farook Yunus, said involving the army in such a community event in Savile Town had never been done before

OPENING DIALOGUE: Kumon Y’all group organiser, Farook Yunus, said involving the army in such a community event in Savile Town had never been done before

Amongst those taking part in the archery was the ever active Dewsbury South MP, Paula Sherriff, who provided a particular highlight of the day for many of her on-looking constituents.

“A stand out moment for many was when Ms Sherriff got hit on her behind during archery combat as well as all the soldiers playing against the firemen in a game of archery combat,” Farook added.

“Ms Sherriff absolutely loved the event, so much so that when she went to the Houses of Commons, she mentioned it to the other MPs that were there.”

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