Lochaber Leisure Dives into Gaelic!
Issued by High Life Highland
Leugh sa Ghàidhlig
Over 30 young people have signed up for swimming lessons through the medium of Gaelic at Lochaber Leisure Centre this summer.
This is the first time in Scotland that swimming lessons are being offered in Gaelic to Gaelic speaking young people.
Eilidh Mcarthur, a young student teacher who works at the Lochaber Leisure Centre suggested that swimming lessons could be offered when she realised that there are 11 Gaelic speaking staff, of which a number are swimming instructors working at the Leisure Centre.
There are many Gaelic speaking children and adults who regularly use the facilities at the Lochaber Leisure Centre. As there are Gaelic speaking instructors with the relevant skill sets, she realised that the Leisure Centre could offer this service and it is a good opportunity to encourage the use of Gaelic by offering the lessons in Gaelic.
With the support of High Life Highland and the Highland Council Gaelic Team, Gary Davidson, Manager of Lochaber Leisure Centre said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Gaelic speaking Leisure Centre users, especially as Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar is now established in the area, and Gaelic is being used in the community within other sporting activities, including shinty, football, and outdoor educational activities”.
He added, “We are pleased to be able to offer the lessons through Gaelic as this will enhance the linguistic skills of Gaelic learners and the young Gaelic speakers.”