What is the Urdd?
The Urdd is an exciting, dynamic movement for children and young people. It organises a range of different activities across Wales. We have 16 development officers who work all over Wales to ensure that the Urdd offers a full programme of activties for children and young people.
- The Urdd was established in 1922 to give children and young people the chance to learn and socialise through the medium of Welsh.
- It gives the young people of Wales the chance to live vibrant lives through the medium of Welsh, learning at the same time to respect each other and people around the world.
- The Urdd welcomes Welsh speakers and Welsh learners.
Who are the Urdd members?
- 50,000 children and young people are members of the Urdd.
- One in every three of every Welsh speaker between the ages of 8 and 18 are members of the Urdd.
- 30% of all members say that they have learnt Welsh.
- Over 3,000 members are between 16 and 25 years of age.
- Famous faces that are previous Urdd members are Huw Edwards, the news reader, Bryn Terfel the world famous singer, and Glyn Wise from the Big Brother series!
- The Urdd has 10,000 volunteers who are active in 900 branches over the country.
What the Urdd has to offer you...
In your area...
In the residential centres....
- A dedicated team of staff look after 300 local branches.
- Holidays, weekly clubs, competitions, trips abroad and trips to stay at the Urdd residential centres are organised.
On the playing field...
- All sorts of activities from sailing, canoeing and climbing at Glan-llyn, to tabogganing, skiing, and horse-riding at Llangrannog, or what about visiting the Wales Millennium Centre or the Millennium Stadium whilst staying at the Urdd’s new residential centre at Cardiff Bay?
- Something to suit everybody’s taste!
On the Eisteddfod stage...
- Rugby, swimming, football, gymnastics, athletics ... the list is never ending!
- A chance to compete against children and young people from all across Wales.
- Weekly clubs and sports courses.
In the magazines...
- The Eisteddfod is Europe’s largest arts youth festival.
- Singing, dancing, acting, performing, art and design, and poetry competitions.
- 15,000 compete at the National Urdd Eisteddfod each year.
Through humanitarian work...
- What about reading the interesting stories or winning some prizes in the competitions in Cip, iaw! or Bore Da?
- There are magazines for Welsh learners and fluent Welsh speakers.
- 10,000 magazines are read in schools and in homes all over Wales every month.
- The Urdd has been anouncing the Message of Peace and Goodwill to the world since 1925.
- What about travelling abroad with the Urdd to volunteer?
- Discover other cultures and meet children and young people from across the world.