Go to the bottom of the page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Urdd and Coronavirus.

Due to the current situation in Wales with the Coronavirus, we've made the following decisions for the health and wellbeing of our members, staff and volunteers 

We will:  

  • Close all three of its residential centres (Llangrannog, Cardiff and Glan-llyn) to all residential activities from Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice 
  • Cancel all local & regional Eisteddfodau 
  • Postpone the National Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbighshire until 2021 
  • Cancel all national sports competitions  
  • Cancel all community activities until further notice 
The national Urdd Eisteddfod will now be held in Denbighshire in May 2021 and we are in continuous discussion with its broadcasting partners, S4C and BBC Radio Cymru, regarding the options around celebrating Urdd members’ talents on a different platform in 2020.  
 
With the Denbighshire Eisteddfod moving to 2021, the 2022 Urdd Eisteddfod will be held in Carmarthenshire.
 
Cancelling major events and closing residential centres clearly present significant financial challenges to the Urdd and initial estimates suggest a financial hit of nearly £4 million from the measures announced today. 
 
We are in discussion with all its partners including the Welsh Government regarding the huge impact the current situation will have on the Urdd, its workforce of 320 and the young people and children of Wales.   
 
Urdd Chief Executive Siân Lewis said: “It’s hugely disappointing for all involved to have to close our centres and cancel our events, but the safety and wellbeing of our staff, members and supporters is paramount. Our aim now is to safeguard the organisation through planning a sustainable future and utilising our energy, commitment and values to help Wales cope with this crisis. 
 
“The movement, formed nearly a century ago with a firm commitment to Wales and wider humanity, will discuss the current situation with Government Ministers and also explore how the Urdd and its staff could best be deployed to meet the mounting challenges facing the elderly and most vulnerable in Wales.”  
The Urdd is in direct contact with all its stakeholders regarding the situation and will be updating them on any developments as swiftly and frequently as possible. 
 

Residential centres

We've booked to come to Llangrannog, Glan-llyn or the Cardiff centre. Will we as a school be refunded?

The centre will arrange a refund for you. This can take several weeks to process due to the situation. Please contact the centre in question if you'd like to speak to someone.

I'm a parent who's paid for a trip to Llangrannog, Glan-llyn or Cardiff for my child. Will I be refunded via the school or the Urdd centre?

The centre in question will arrange this with your school. Please contact your school for the latest.

Can our trip be rearranged for another date?

Yes, we will do our best to reschedule your trip for another date.

Can we change our booking to a different Urdd centre if there's availability after September 2020?

Yes, one of the other centres may be considered. Please contact the centre in question to talk to someone about your query.

Are holiday activities going ahead?

Residential activities will not continue for the foreseeable future. If this changes we will let you know.

What happens if the Coronavirus is a long term issue?

We are monitoring the situation carefully and taking advice from Public Health Wales. We will let you know any updates as soon as possible.

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Llangrannog centre Glan-llyn centre Cardiff centre

 

Membership

I've paid Urdd membership, can I get my money back?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund membership fees. Urdd membership contributes to staff employment and activities throughout the year, and in this unique case which will have a huge impact on the Urdd, membership refunds will not be possible.

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Urdd Eisteddfod

I've paid for tickets for the evening concerts. Can I get my money back?

We will arrange full refunds through the card you used to pay for your tickets, or you can keep your tickets and they will be valid for the Denbighshire Urdd Eisteddfod in 2021. This may take some weeks because of the situation. If you have not received the refund before 3 April 2020 please contact us on eisteddfod@urdd.org.

I've won at my local or county Eisteddfod. Will I still be able to compete as a winner in the 2021 Urdd Eisteddfod?

We are continuing discussions and will be communicating this in due course. For further questions please contact us at eisteddfod@urdd.org

Why didn't the Urdd make this decision before the weekend Eisteddfodau?

This unique situation was impossible to foresee. We are very disappointed as an organization to have to make the decision, but the welfare and health of our members is our priority.

I've paid for a caravan, can I get a refund?

The Eisteddfod will arrange refunds, or you can keep your booking for the 2021 Urdd Eisteddfod, which will be held in the same location in Denbighshire. Refunds may take up to a month due to the busy period. If you haven't received it by 3 April please contact us at eisteddfod@urdd.org

What about literary competitions? The deadline was 1st March 2020, will you still announce this year's winners?

We are continuing discussions and will be communicating this in due course. For further questions please contact us at eisteddfod@urdd.org

I remember the Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001, will this year's Eisteddfod be like it was then?

We are in regular discussions with S4C and BBC Radio Cymru, our broadcasting partners for the Urdd Eisteddfod, to discuss possibilities of celebrating the talent of our members in a different way for this year.

I've already paid for accommodation in the Denbighshire area. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund you for your accommodation for the Eisteddfod. We recommend contacting the accommodation itself to discuss options.

I have joined the Urdd to compete in the Eisteddfod, I only use my membership for the Eisteddfod. Will the Urdd refund my membership fee?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund your membership fee. Urdd membership contributes to staff employment and activities throughout the year, and in this unique case which will have a huge impact on the Urdd, membership refunds will not be possible.

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Contact about the Eisteddfod

 

Sports competitions and tournaments

Will the Urdd and Welsh Rugby Union 7-a-side tournament be rescheduled this year?

We are currently canceling all national sports competitions until further notice. Contact us at the Sports Department for more information sports@urdd.org

Will I receive a refund for the competitions I have registered for?

Yes, we will contact schools to arrange a refund within the month.

How do I get a refund for national competitions?

We will contact you within a month to arrange a refund.

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Contact about sports competitions

 

Community sports

Will Urdd community sports clubs continue?

All community activities will come to an end by Friday 20th March 2020. Please contact your local Development Officer for information on the week's activities leading up to the 20th.

I've paid for the rest of the season, will I get a refund?

Your local Development Officer will contact you about this.

When will activities resume? How will we find out?

When we are in a position to resume our activities we will make sure to contact parents and guardians immediately.

Where can I find more details?

Contact your local sports officer - details are at www.urdd.cymru/myarea

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contact about community sports

 

Community activities and trips

Will the Patagonia trip in October 2020 continue?

At present we intend to go ahead with the trip but we are monitoring the situation and will contact all families if there is any change.

Will the Urdd trip to Hungary in April 2020 go ahead?

Unfortunately the trip to Hungary will not continue. The relevant officer will contact those booked on the trip to arrange refunds.

Will other trips continue?

No upcoming trips will continue beyond 20 March 2020 (other than Patagonia in October 2020), and the officer who arranged the trip will contact you for a refund or rescheduling details.

I run an Adran/Aelwyd and am happy to continue to run weekday activities for children and young people. Can I do this?

Unfortunately we are ending all community activities on the 20th of March for the benefit and health of our members and volunteers.

I've paid membership and now I won't get the activities I've paid for. Can I get my money back?

Unfortunately it will not be possible to get a refund for membership. The membership of the Urdd contributes towards the employment of staff and activities throughout the year, and in this unique case which will have a huge impact on the Urdd this will not be possible.

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