WSA support for the use of the Welsh language

The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) offers Welsh language support and a bank of resources in order to help and encourage our members and the wider sport and leisure sector to utilise and develop the use of Welsh, and experience the vast benefits of doing so.

The number of Welsh-speakers is continuously steadily increasing and is in fact the highest it’s been since the turn of the millennium.

According to the Annual Population Survey last year, over 29% of the population (aged three and above) in Wales can speak Welsh, equating to just under 900,000 people, while nearly 500,000 people report that they use the language daily! These figures are only increasing!

Offering services in Welsh can:

  • Attract new members and volunteers to your sport
  • Meet the needs of your current members
  • Create a sense of team and national pride

The WSA has a firm mission in helping to facilitate the growth and use of Welsh within the sporting sector and wider society, because we believe that language should never be a barrier that prevents people doing what they love and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This is why we offer a wealth of Welsh language resources – from simple sport-related phrases to resources supporting you in integrating Welsh into your organisation’s online presence – on our Welsh Language Support page and even provide Wales’ only bilingual DBS checking service (including a bilingual helpline)!

If you want to get started with offering Welsh services to your members or customers, things don’t have to change completely overnight! For example, you can simply take a look at some translated sports terms prepared by the Welsh Language Board to introduce the use of Welsh in your activity rather than revolutionising the way you do things immediately.

Having said that, you can also find details of sport resources provided by the Welsh Language Commissioner, proofreading and translation services, how to attract a bi-lingual audience on social media, and even how to make your organisation’s aesthetic Welsh-friendly – with some services available with a discount through WSA membership!

So, don’t forget to visit our Welsh Language Support page or contact the team to get started!

You can also view the full range of resources and support the WSA provides by visiting our Services page.

And to find out how you can sign up for membership, visit our Become a Member page.

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