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Cuach na Cloinne 2024 is about to kick off – the biggest sporting competition for Gaelic Medium Primary Schools across Scotland.

And, once again the level of entries has set a new record, with 109 teams registered – the highest ever.

The competition will be held between tomorrow (Wednesday 17 April) and Wednesday 8 May with the final match happening on Wednesday 29 May at Canal Park, Inverness.

Cuach na Cloinne is a national 5-a-side football competition aimed at young people all across the country in Gaelic medium education, P4-7.

The competition started in 2006 andhas grown each year since. The regional competitions will take place in:

  • Wednesday 17 April 2024 – All Weather Pitch, Smith Avenue, Stornoway               
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024 – Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula
  • Tuesday 30 April 2024  – Portree High School, Skye
  • Wednesday 1 May 2024  – Goals, Glasgow West, Great Western Road, Glasgow
  • Tuesday 7 May 2024 – Lochaber High School, Fort William
  • Wednesday 8 May 2023 – Canal Park, Inverness

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu lifted the Cup in 2023 from 84 teams taking part in across the country. This year 25 more teams have registered.

Marina Murray, Development Director at Comunn na Gàidhlig said: “We’re excited and looking forward to be running the successful competition this year, with nearly 670 young people taking part. It’s incredibly motivating that such a large number of schools and young people continue to take part in this event.

"It’s so important that young people going through Gaelic Medium Education are given the opportunity to use their Gaelic outside of the classroom, and to be interacting with other young Gaels from across the country.

"I would like to thank the organisations which fund and allow us to continue to run Cuach na Cloinne, they are; Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Highland Council, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.  I also want to wish every single team good luck as they fight for the Cuach na Cloinne 2024 title!”

Chairman of Highland Council’s Gaelic Committee, Councillor Calum Munro, said: “I am delighted that the Highland Council has been able to support Cuach na Cloinne, it is excellent to see such commitment and participation in the event from Gaelic Medium Primary Schools through-out the country. I wish all the participating teams every success.

"It is very important that the Highland Council in partnership with Comunn na Gàidhlig and other Local Authorities provide opportunities for young Gaelic speakers to use the language within sports activities as this will enhance their language acquisition skills in-conjunction with their health and well-being. This is very relevant as the Highland Council aims to have the 4th edition of its Gaelic Language approved by Bòrd na Gàidhlig later this year. I wish all teams every success.”

Dr Donald Weir, Gaelic Support Officer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) said: “Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are pleased to support Cuach na Cloinne again this year. The competition has been crucial over the years in encouraging young people to use Gaelic in an informal setting, outside of the classroom, while also taking part in something they enjoy doing. We are sure that Cuach na Cloinne will be extremely successful again, as it is every year.”

Cuach na Cloinne 2024 is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The Highland Council, and organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig.