The Urdd beyond Wales 

Our ambition is to take Wales, the Welsh language and the Urdd worldwide.

The Urdd has nurtured 4 million young men and women to be proud of their country, open to the world and living embodiments of our language and culture, along with the universal values which we cherish in Wales.

The Urdd stands as a key organisation in Wales working with partners such as Welsh Government, British Council, BBC, WRU, Commonwealth Games, S4C, Wales Arts International to name a few. Our partnership collaborations with these organisations has ensured successful initiatives for Young people and we have in the last few years expanded our work internationally through projects in Kenya, Alabama, Ireland, Patagonia, Hungary, Brussels, Cameroon, Australia and Japan. We want to continue to work alongside our partners to amplify the story of Wales as a successful, confident, vibrant and open nation.

The Urdd has ambitious plans to ensure Wales makes a positive impact, to ensure that more people know about Wales, offer international experiences for young people and celebrate the cultural richness of Wales.

The Urdd is a unique organisation in the world, and we wish to create globally aware young people we believe that by recognising our strengths in Wales together we as an organisation can prioritise:

• what is unique to Wales

• a way of working that is at the heart of the Future Generations Act

• be responsible at a global level

We are every proud of what we have achieved to date, and our vision for the future remains.

Recent projects

Over the last few years, the Urdd has been busy making valuable contacts and connecting with young people around the world.

New Zealand

December 2022

Urdd 7s Rugby team travel to Auckland, New Zealand for the World School Sevens.

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World Cup Visits

Qatar, Dubai and Washington D.C.

November 2022


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Dafydd, Manon, Tomos and Siriol were chosen to represent the Urdd in Philadelphia and perform at the North American Festival of Wales in September 2022, following their performances at the 2021 Eisteddfod T and the 2022 Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbigh.

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June 2022

Urdd members travelled to Connemara, Ireland in June 2022 to create a third co-production with TG Lurgan members in the Gaelic and Welsh language.

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We have a special relationship with this country and since 2008, over 300 young people have visited Patagonia with us.

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April 2022

Following a partnership between the Urdd and Birmingham, the Urdd Choir visited during the Easter Holidays in 2022.

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18 May 2022

The launch of the centenary Peace and Goodwill Message from the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

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February 2020

The winner of the 2019 Cardiff and Vale Urdd Eisteddfod chair, poet Iestyn Tyne travelled to Cameroon to take part in the African Festival of Emerging Writers in February 2020.

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January 2020

An apprentice and Urdd member of staff travelled to Australia to conduct Welsh-medium activities at Sydney's Welsh Summer School.

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October 2019

In October 2019 the Urdd took part in the Welsh Government trade and culture mission to establish links between the youth of Wales and the youth of Japan.

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August 2019

Urdd apprentices travelled to Kenya to work with one of United Purpose's major sports project, Moving the Goal Posts.

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Eastern Europe

A house gifted to the Urdd in 2013 now welcomes young people from Wales.

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