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Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh are this year’s winners of Cuach na Cloinne 2022, a national five-a-side football competition aimed at young people in primaries four to seven who speak Gaelic.
After six regional competitions across Scotland in April and May, Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh beat Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu in the national final in Inverness on Wednesday June 1.
Regional competitions were held in Portree, Lionacleit, Stornoway, Inverness, Glasgow, and Oban, with the winning team from each event qualifying for the final.
The six teams in the final were: Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh; Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath; Lochs Primary School; Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis; Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu and Acharacle Primary School.
The Sàr Neach Cleachdaidh na Gàidhlig award for the player with the best use of Gaelic during the competition, chosen by the referee, went to Ryan MacDonald from Lochs Primary School.
Ms Murray, development director at Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG), which runs the competition, said: ‘It’s been excellent to have so many young people from all over Scotland taking part in the competition. Across the six regional competitions and the final, we saw incredible ability and skill with Gaelic and football.
‘Cuach na Cloinne is about providing young people with a chance to meet each other and have fun playing football and developing their Gaelic ability and use outwith school. CnaG thanks The Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Bòrd na Gàidhlig for their continued support with Cuach na Cloinne.’
Shona MacLennan, chief executive officer of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, added: ‘Congratulations to Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh and to every pupil who took part in the competition.
‘It gives us great joy to be involved in such an important project which offers youngsters the chance to use their Gaelic outwith the classroom. It is also in line with the aims of the national plan to normalise Gaelic.’
Comunn na Gàidhlig is now preparing for the first Cuach na Cloinne for high schools, to be held at the end of the month.
Cuach na Cloinne 2022 is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The Highland Council and organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig.
The winning team from Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh being presented with their trophy and medals by Marina Murray, development director at Comunn na Gàidhlig. NO-F24-Bun-sgoil-Phort-Righ-2
All the teams which took part in this year’s Cuach na Cloinne final in Inverness.