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Partnerships make swimming in Welsh a great Success

It's not just understanding how to do a front crawl and breaststroke that's getting more children swimming in Caerphilly.

It's not just understanding how to do a front crawl and breaststroke that's getting more children swimming in Caerphilly.

Lessons in Welsh are making a big splash and even encouraging youngsters from other counties to cross the border to learn in their first language.

"We wanted to improve our links with our Welsh language schools and that was our initial motivation," said Jared Lougher, Caerphilly County Borough Council's Sport and Leisure Development Manager.

"I had some really good discussions with the Urdd about building on our partnership and the resources and strengths we could bring to the table.

"We agreed to integrate one of the Urdd sports development staff into our sports development team and it paid dividends for both of us. We had access to facilities and staff and the Urdd had the links with our Welsh language schools - it was a win-win for both of us.

"Immediately we found that there was latent demand for swimming sessions through the Welsh language. We identified some pool space and the officers were able to advertise the sessions and work with the schools.

"Over 50 people expressed an interest in participating in the sessions, which we were really pleased with, and so the programme was set up initially at Bedwas Leisure Centre with the aim of focusing on other areas later in the year."

The Urdd are responsible for recruitment of new participants and the sport and leisure department for the up-skilling of swimming teachers, the programme and arranging pool time.

"The partnership is key because this is genuine collaboration and bringing your strengths together to provide opportunities," adds Lougher.

"It's clear now that there was a gap in provision. We weren't exclusive either. We've had people come to lessons from other counties because they want to take part in lessons in their first language. We're all about getting more people doing sport so that is all good with us."

The Objectives

This story supports the following 2026 objectives:

Get 75% of young people and young adults hooked on sport

Get 75% of young people and young adults hooked on sport

Positively target the participation gap within inequality

Positively target the participation gap within inequality

Deliver a sporting pathway to become a nation of champions

Deliver a sporting pathway to become a nation of champions




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