‘Defnyddiwch y Gymraeg’: Community sport as a vehicle for encouraging the use of the Welsh language
Taylor and Francis
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Despite cultural and statutory changes, including significant investment in Welsh medium education, latest census data show a drop in the percentage of Welsh speakers. Moreover there is a concern that many of those who are able to speak Welsh are not using it – the language is not ‘alive’. The Welsh Language Commissioner has identified sport as a space where Welsh can be used, encouraged and promoted. The aim of this study was to investigate whether community sport clubs can provide a space to encourage the use of Welsh. Using qualitative methods we found that strategies to promote Welsh in sports clubs are potentially divisive. The dominant and ‘operational’ language of many community sport clubs is English. Increasing the use of Welsh in these clubs risks excluding non-Welsh speakers, but ignoring the language denies Welsh speakers the opportunity to participate in Welsh.
Sport in Society;
Evans, L., Bolton, N., Jones, C. and Iorwerth, H. (2019) ‘‘Defnyddiwch y Gymraeg’: Community sport as a vehicle for encouraging the use of the Welsh language’, Sport in Society. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1565399
Article published in Sport in Society available at https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1565399
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
- Sport Research Groups 
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