Spòrs Gàidhlig stands ready to support schools and young people with our activities and programmes. We appreciate that young people have missed out on many opportunties and many have not been able to use Gaelic as much as normal. We are keen to emphasise what we can do and provide information on where these activities might take place.

We maintain stringent measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 and will always follow local and national guidance from local authorities and the Scottish Government. Clearly the measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 will vary and may change at short notice. Despite this, we have attempted to identify what can be delivered in the coming months.

We are a mobile service and travel (subject to any guidance and restrictions) to any location in Scotland. This means we can bring our activities to you, to your school and to your community.

There are some activities which cannot be offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. These normally take place inside, such as Mapland Alba, and social distancing and avoidance of touching equipment is difficult to ensure.  We will offer these activities as soon as possible.

Our prices are significantly lower than previously and this will remain the case until at least the end of March 2021. Anyone can request Spòrs Gàidhlig to come and deliver a Gaelic activity programme:

  1. Schools – Primary & Secondary
  2. Community groups such as Comann nam Pàrant and local fèisean
  3. Informal groups of people such as families
  4. Individuals

We are fully certified by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), use professional instructors who speak Gaelic and have our equipment.

Our schools residentials represent the only opportuinty for young people to take part in a multi-activity programme through the medium of Gaelic. Our prices are similar to that of our English medium counterparts and our partnership with Sport Scotland ensures that we use superb accommodation and have access to the best facilities.

We hope to be able to publish an exciting list of residentuals on our website soon (www.spors.scot) and these are open to all young Gaelic speakers.

Please do get in touch (fios@spors.scot) if you would like to discuss anything and use the list below as a guide to what we are offering in the coming months.

The following table is a guide to what we can offer in the coming months and the list is not exhaustive. 

Cuin ¦ Time Dè ghabhas a dhèanamh ¦ What can be done Caite ¦ Where
Late 2020 until Christmas ·         Multi-activity programmes (bush craft, orienteering, camping skills, team challenges) for schools during school time

·         John Muir Award

·         Simple cycle journeys and skills during school time

·         Throughout Scotland (subject to restrictions between tiers)

·         Outdoors, playing fields, local greenspaces and natural environments

Winter 2021 (January to March) ·         Skiing –  we provide all equipment, instruction and lift passes (£50/participant (lower at the Snow Factor).

·         Possibly a ski camp depending on easing of restrictions

1.      Glenshee

2.      Glen Coe

3.      The Lecht

4.      Nevis Range

5.      Cairngorm

6.      The Snow Factor (Glasgow indoor slope)

Winter 2021 (January to March) ·         Multi-activity programmes (bush craft, orienteering, camping skills, team challenges) for schools during school time

·         John Muir Award

·         Simple cycle journeys and skills during school time

·         Throughout Scotland (subject to restrictions between tiers)

·         Outdoors, playing fields, local greenspaces and natural environments

Spring 2021 onwards In addition to the above:

·         Gorge challenges

·         Stand-up paddle boarding

·         Climbing and mountain walking

·         Duke of Edinburgh Scheme – Expdeition section

·         Team challenges

·         Archery

There are suitable venues thoughout Scotland and close to each school and community
May 2021 onwards 1.      Schools residentials – Multi-activity programmes in Gaelic for primary & secondary education 1.      Glenmore Lodge (Aviemore)

2.      Inverclyde (Largs)

3.      Other venues by request

June 2021 onwards ·         Schools residentials – Multi-activity programmes in Gaelic for primary & secondary education

·         Residential Camps –

o   Campa Sradagan

o   Campa Fhèis-Spòrs – combing the best of the Fèis movement with exciting activities

o   Activity camps (mountains & climbing)

o   Journeys by water and wheel

 


30th September 2020 – Spòrs Gàidhlig – Update on COVID-19 operating procedures and guidance

We are following the latest guidance from Sport Scotland, a Scottish Government body, which can be found here.

Our actions:

  • Appoint a “COVID-19” Officer (Donald Morris)
  • Appoint a “Return to sport” Officer (Donald Morris)
  • Sanitise all equipment before each activity session
  • No indoor activities until schools are welcoming third party organisations
  • Ensure that the organisation has appropriate processes in place to document risk assessments and that all appropriate mitigations are put in place before any activity is undertaken
  • Ensure that the organisation has appropriate processes in place to allow the organisation  to take an accurate record of all attendees at each session in line with Scottish Government Test & Protect guidance
  • Keep up to date with ongoing Scottish Government and SGB advice and guidance relating to COVID-19
  • Ensure there is awareness of your organisation’s COVID-19 protocols and encourage members and participants to take individual responsibility
  • No changing facilities will be provided.

Personal preparation

  • Do not attend if anyone in your family group has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Bring hand santiser
  • Turn up ready for activity as much as possible (there will be no changing facilities)
  • Avoid sharing transport with others from outside your family
  • No physical contact when greeting someone else

Sport Scotland guidance (18/09/2020)

Sections 18, 19 & 20:

18. Adults and children can take part in organised outdoor non-contact and contact
sports training, competition or events if guidance within this document is
followed.

Outdoor sporting bubbles for training, competition or small-scale events

19. An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ can consist of a maximum of 30 people
including coaches, officials and other support staff at any one time. In
exceptional circumstances, numbers may be increased, but only if approved
directly by Scottish Government or where specific Scottish Governing Bodies of
sport (SGBs) guidance and mitigating actions have been agreed by
sportscotland.

20. Multiple outdoor sporting bubbles, each with up to 30 people, can be used in
training, competition or small-scale sporting events. In such cases facility
operators, organisers and deliverers should undertake comprehensive risk
assessment to ensure that these bubbles do not mix at any time including
before, during or after the activity.

 

COVID-19 actions  
GENERAL 1.       All equipment sanitised before use

2.       Physical distancing maintained before all activities and during if permitted by guidance

3.       All contact details collected

Archery Dev NA
Bushcraft 1:10 participants maximum

2:16 where instructor has an assistant

Coasteering 1:8 NA
Gorge Scrambling 1:8 Consideration if physical assistance is required at obstacles

 

John Muir Field Activities 1:12 NA
Mapland Alba No maximum ratio but usually dictated by the venue or host’s own rules. Not permitted indoors until schools permit third parties
Mountain Biking 1:8 NA
Mountain Walking & DofE 1:12

DofE 1:7

 

·         No use of group shelter unless required due to safety considerations

·         Depending on guidance at time, overnight accommodation can be single tents, hammocks or bivis, after further training given.

·         Cooking equipment & utensils particular to individuals (stove sharing permitted but not pots)

National Navigation Award Scheme 1:20 participants maximum in controlled areas 1.       Cleaning of cards before use

2.       Clean all controls

3.       Course set to avoid numbers converging on one control at the same time

Nightline 1:12 Not permitted
Nordic Skiing Dev NA
Orienteering 1:20 participants maximum As per NNAS
Raft building 2:12 NA
Road Cycling 1:8 NA
Single pitch climbing & abseiling 1:6 Avoid continual use of same equipment if possible

Wipe figure of 8s and krabs if used more than once

Skiing on piste 1:10

 

NA
Stand-up Paddle Boarding Sheltered water – 1:8

Exposed water – 1:6

Consideration if physical assistance is required to get back on the boards

 

Team Challenges 1:12 Avoidance of games where close contact is required
Tyrolean Traverse 1:6 NA
White Water Tubing 1:6 or 2:10 NA