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There are all sorts of ways you can make the most of your Welsh language. From making music to building websites and unique chances to socialise and meet new people, why not try it?
In rural areas, lots of Young Farmers Clubs use both Welsh and English and you don't need to be a farmer to join. There are more than 160 YFCs in Wales organising sports and social events as well as training and international travelling opportunities. The highlight for many members is the Royal Welsh Show held every year at Builth Wells with daily competitions as well as the Young People's Village festival site.
Music and Gigs
The Welsh contemporary music scene is very lively with gigs being a great place to socialise and enjoy through the medium of Welsh.
For a chance to perform your music in front of hundreds of young people then you can compete in this year’s Brwydr y Bandiau (Battle of the Bands) organised by C2 BBC Radio Cymru, Maes B and Mentrau Iaith Cymru. If you like to perform and create original Welsh language music then you could win a recording session for the radio and much more.
Making a Song and Dance
Forget 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'X Factor', here in Wales we've been competing against each other for centuries. More than 15,000 people under 25 take part every year in the Urdd National Eisteddfod. It's the largest festival of its kind in Europe and you can compete either through your school or one of the local youth clubs run by the Urdd across Wales. Here’s your chance to shine.
As well as acting, singing, dancing and reciting on stage, the Urdd Eisteddfod has other competitions such as playing a musical instrument, photography and art. So even if you don't go to a Welsh medium school or if you’re learning Welsh, you can still compete in lots of categories and there are specific competitions for Welsh learners too.
Budding actors can tread the boards with youth theatre groups such as Cwmni'r Frân Wen, Theatr Ieuenctid yr Urdd, Theatr Ieuenctid Cymru, Theatr Ieuenctid Môn on Anglesey and Theatr Ieuenctid Sherman Cymru in Cardiff. If you don't enjoy the limelight, there are also opportunities to work backstage on Welsh language productions.
You can also act and sing with your local Young Farmers Club with rallies, pantomines and eisteddfodau held regionally and nationally with the main Eisteddfod broadcast on S4C.
If sport is your thing, then both the Urdd and Mentrau Iaith organise a range of sports clubs through the medium of Welsh. One of the highlights of the sporting calendar is Gemau Cymru - a mini Olympics organised by the Urdd every summer. The tournament is a showcase for all sorts of sport, from athletics, netball and rugby to wheelchair basketball and canoeing. And just like the Olympics, the tournament has its very own athletes’ village.
If you prefer extreme and outdoor sports then there are more and more chances to take part in activities like surfing, boldering and snowboarding in Welsh. Or why not try for the Duke of Edinburgh Award? There are a number of establishments across the country that offer activities to complete the award through the medium of Welsh.
Technology, Games and Apps
If you enjoy creating digital content then many services, like Wordpress and Raspberry Pi, are available in Welsh. For more information go to our Technology pages.
Did you know that you can socialise on your phone and online in Welsh? You can change your Facebook language to Welsh as well as use a Welsh predictive text system.
Have a look at our How to… page to see videos explaining how to use technology in Welsh.