Urdd coaches introduce young people to wide range of sports

Cardiff’s Summer of Fun continues to keep thousands of children and their families amused, educated and active and a series of camps at Ysgol Glantaf in north Cardiff saw around 150 young people try their hand at a wide range of sports.

The programme – a series of organised events during the school holidays funded by the City Council – includes free-to-attend events throughout the city, all designed to appeal to youngsters of all ages and abilities.

The sports camps at Glantaf were run by Wales’ largest youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru whose coaches guided around 50 youngsters a day on each of the five days of the programme, introducing them to sports including tennis, athletics, rugby, basketball and many more.

“We have been running a variety of activities all over Cardiff throughout the holidays, all delivered through the medium of Welsh,” said the Urdd’s South Wales regional sports manager Jo Jones. “We have run family sessions in local parks as well as our intensive swimming sessions across the local leisure centres,” she added. “We ran several all-day multi-sports camps across different locations which were very well attended and enjoyed by hundreds of children across the city.”

The Summer of Fun is one of a number of initiatives run by the council as part of its bid to become an internationally recognised Child Friendly City, as recommended by the UK Committee for UNICEF.

Cllr Sarah Merry, the Cabinet Member for Education, said: “To become a truly Child Friendly City it’s important to make sure that every child can access our activities, so I’m extremely grateful to our staff and partners for putting on such a fantastic series of events and to the Urdd for running so many sessions through the medium of Welsh."

Summer of Fun is part of Cardiff's Child Friendly Recovery, which began after the pandemic. 

To find out more about the events across the city taking place until September 5, log on to For more on the council’s three-year plan to improve outcomes for young people, follow this link