100th anniversary celebrations

The Urdd is 100 years old

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The Urdd is 100 years old

All schools in Wales have a link with the Urdd. The Urdd is an organisation that provides opportunities for children and young people to enjoy experiences through the medium of Welsh. Urdd Gobaith Cymru was established by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards in 1922 and this year the organisation will celebrate its centenary.  


Sir Ifan's original intention was to protect the Welsh language. Although over a million people spoke Welsh at the beginning of the last century, Sir Ifan was concerned that children did not have enough opportunities to enjoy speaking the language outside the home. 


Since then, the Urdd has gone from strength to strength and celebrated several milestones. The first Urdd branch was opened at Treuddyn in Flintshire in 1922 and the first South Wales branch at Abercynon in 1924. 


Sir Ifan decided to hold camps for members to get together to socialize and after experimenting with a mobile camp the Urdd's first static camp was opened in Llangrannog in 1932, followed by Glan-llyn in 1950. Today the Urdd’s centres offer all sorts of experiences for Welsh young people from ski slopes to horse-riding to sailing and canoeing on Llyn Tegid and, according to the Urdd website, the centres receive 49,000 visitors every year! The much-loved character Mr Urdd appeared for the first time in 1976 and his presence will no doubt be evident as the centenary is celebrated. 


Have you ever attended the Urdd Eisteddfod or sports? 


The first Urdd Eisteddfod was held in Corwen in 1929 and the first sports in 1932. 


If you visit the current Urdd website you will see that the organisation offers much more to its members here in Wales and abroad. The Urdd has established partnerships across the world, one of which is Disneyland in Paris where members have the opportunity to take part in activities during the park's Welsh celebrations on March 1st. Mistar Urdd and Mickey Mouse are great friends! 


The centenary will be celebrated throughout 2022 when the Urdd will "recognise the past and innovate for the future.” 

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