8th June 2009
Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG) is delighted to announce that MG ALBA is to support its efforts in the promotion and development of Gaelic at community level through its involvement in the CnaG National Schools Football competition 2009. The competition has also been welcomed by the Scottish Football League who organise the ALBA Challenge Cup and which is sponsored by MG ALBA.
Following on from the success of last year’s competition, CnaG has organised the 2009 competition with the Finals set to take place in Fort William on Saturday 13th June. This year, for the first time, MG ALBA will extend their sponsorship of the ALBA Challenge Cup to offer the winners of Cuach na Cloinne the chance to enjoy some VIP treatment at the ALBA Challenge Cup Final which will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA in November 2009.
The CnaG competition which is open to Primary 4 – 7 school pupils who are in Gaelic-medium education not only gives the children the chance to make their way through to the National Finals and indeed win the Cuach na Cloinne trophy but also provides them with excellent an opportunity to meet up with other Gaelic-speaking children from across the country.
Eairdsidh MacIlleathain, Chief Executive of CnaG, said, “We are delighted that MG ALBA is supporting this year’s competition. This gives a boost to the competition and adds to its prestige. It is vital that children who are going through Gaelic-medium education have opportunities to use their language out with the classroom and sporting competitions are an excellent vehicle for this. We are grateful to MG ALBA for their generous support and look forward to working with them on this project.”
Ten teams who have qualified from regional competitions held in Stornoway, Liniclate, Plockton, Inverness and Stirling will compete for the Trophy at the Finals which will be held in Fort William on 13 June. This year’s entries were the highest to date with 39 teams, from 27 schools, participating in the regional competitions.
Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of MG ALBA said, “Sport is a hugely important element of the BBC ALBA schedule and we are delighted to be able to work with organisations such as Comunn na Gàidhlig on projects such as the Schools Football competition which have the potential to support the schedule. Cuach na Cloinne is a great fit with our objective to bring BBC ALBA into communities throughout Scotland, and we look forward to working in partnership with both the Scottish Football League, as sponsors of the ALBA Challenge Cup, and with Comunn na Gàidhlig, as sponsors of Cuach na Cloinne.”
David Longmuir, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football league said “The SFL is delighted to support MG ALBA and its Gaelic partners in their efforts to develop and promote football and Gaelic at community level and we look forward to working with them on this initiative”