Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig a’ sireadh fuasgladh air an suidheachadh doirbh aig Spòrs Gàidhlig
Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig (The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust) has called for all the agencies involved in Gaelic education and community activity to come together to try to resolve the issues that have led to the imminent closure of Spòrs Gàidhlig.
Spòrs Gàidhlig is a social enterprise working throughout Scotland that has been creating opportunities for young people to use and learn about Gaelic in a fun, active and supportive setting. The group, which has three employees, offered outdoor activities, residential camps, educational programmes and sporting events.
Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig recently approved a grant application from Spòrs Gàidhlig and awarded the organisation a modest level of funding to help purchase equipment to facilitate better access to Spòrs Gàidhlig’s outdoor education activity programme and sporting events. Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig expressed disappointment that their financial assistance will not now be taken up. While the grant will be returned to the Trust’s own resources, the investment in Spòrs Gàidhlig’s activities was seen as a small, but important contribution to activities which are closely aligned to Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig’s own aspirations and activities, and which would have ultimately have contributed to increased levels of Gaelic usage amongst young people.
Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig Chairperson Alasdair Gilles said:
“Trustees were very impressed with the proposal we received and were very willing to look at ways we could assist within our means. Spòrs Gàidhlig was working in key areas which are of interest to us as a charitable organisation – Gaelic education and young people. It is vitally important that Gaelic is seen to be used both in school and out with the confines of the playground and classroom. Sport and related outdoor activities provide a perfect platform for children to develop their linguistic skills, enabling them to become more confident in their use of Gaelic and eager to learn more about the language. While not privy to the detail of what has led to this unfortunate situation, we would appeal to everyone concerned, including the Scottish Government and Gaelic organisations, to come together to try to help to achieve a positive outcome.”