A 40-strong group of youngsters from across Scotland will be taking to the slopes this weekend as part of a Gaelic medium ski trip being held by Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG). CnaG’s ski trip will see young people from Glasgow, Inverness, Skye, Barra, Glasgow, Tain, Lochaber and Lewis gathering at Badaguish near Aviemore for three days of skiing and other activities.
The 2016 ski trip builds on previous events and enables participants to use Gaelic in a fun and supportive environment. Starting in 2012, CnaG has expanded its skiing operation and views opportunities such as these as being critical in maintaining and developing fluency in the language. CnaG has recently invested in its own ski equipment and a minibus which are available for use by other organisations and groups. This represents a significant investment by CnaG in the future of Gaelic and its focus on providing opportunities for young people. The new minibus will be used for the first time at the ski trip.
The ski trip also builds on a recent successful initiative delivered by CnaG in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig which supported bilingual signage at Scottish ski centres.
Spòrs Gàidhlig, CnaG’s new dedicated youth organisation, was launched at the 2015 Royal National Mod in Oban and will form the basis for an enhanced programme of opportunities for young people. The 2016 programme from Spòrs Gàidhlig has two new events which offer exciting opportunities for personal challenge through the medium of Gaelic.
A Lochaber Youth Camp will see young people gather for a traditional tented camp with plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities as well as time to relax with new friends.
Also this year, for the first time, CnaG is organising a cycle journey through the Western Isles which allows young people to travel from Barra to the Butt under their own steam but as part of a group with a leader. The trip will have a support vehicle.
There will also be two Sradagan camps for young people between 9 and 12, in Harris and Skye in July.
These events and more can be booked online through the Spòrs Gàidhlig website: www.spors.scot
The skiing trip and the other camps and activities are funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.