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Lifeline given to Glenmore-based Gaelic sports programme

By Gavin Musgrove

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A pioneering ‘Spòrs Gàidhlig’ project which delivers Gaelic-language outdoor activities is set to continue following confirmation of further funding support.

It had been feared that the scheme based at Glenmore Lodge would have to close, with two staff being made redundant as sales uptake had not grown as quickly as first expected.

But a new £45,000 funding package from Bòrd na Gàidhlig means that Spòrs Gàidhlig can continue for at least the next 18 months.

Glenmore Lodged which is home to Spors Gaidhlig
Glenmore Lodged which is home to Spors Gaidhlig

During this time it is hoped that more schools and parents will take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

Spòrs Gàidhlig is a project created by youth and community development company Comunn na Gàidhlig.

Its chief executive, Donald MacNeill, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to reach agreement with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and to secure this additional support.

“We’ve been working on this project for four or five years but are as convinced now as we were at the beginning of the value of this project – supporting young people’s language, social and physical development.”

Shona MacLennan, Bòrd na Gàidhlig CEO, said: “Bòrd na Gàidhlig has supported Spòrs Gàidhlig since its inception and we are delighted to continue support for the next 18 months.”

Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes, one of the few fluent Gaelic-speaking politicians at the Scottish Parliament, said she was “absolutely delighted Spòrs Gàidhlig has been given a well-deserved new lease of life”. She added: “The organisation was doing a tremendous job of providing sport training and outdoor education through Gaelic Medium until it hit funding difficulties.

“Now that funding has been agreed, I am pleased that the organisation can continue to offer its sterling service.”

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