Wales’ biggest youth organization celebrates centenary with world record attempts

Wales’ biggest youth organization has announced it will celebrate its centenary in the New Year by throwing a huge birthday party at schools across the country and attempting to break two world records.

Urdd Gobaith Cymru was established as a youth movement in 1922 and has since grown to over four million members.

He plans to mark the milestone by throwing the biggest birthday party in his history while attempting two Guinness World Records by getting the most people to upload a video of themselves singing a song to Facebook and Twitter. within one hour.

Attempts to get as many people to post their version of Hei Mistar Urdd – the organisation’s anthem – will take place on January 25 and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales


Facebook’s current record is 418 videos and Twitter’s 250.

On the same day, Welsh landmarks such as the Senedd, St Fagans Folk Museum, Big Pit and the National Waterfront Museum, as well as businesses, schools and other organisations, will wave the Urdd flag.

Urdd chief executive Sian Lewis said: “There is no doubt that the period since March 2020 has been the most difficult in our history. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to close our camps and our regular community, sports and cultural activities had to cease.

“However, we are rebuilding, and our centenary year will be memorable, with the plans of each department reflecting our spirit and our ambition.

“I call on all schools, clubs, volunteers, businesses and organizations in Wales, as well as new and returning members, to join the biggest party in our history.

Archival photos such as this one of Glan-llyn in the 1980s are released to show the Urdd through the decades.

“This is a time for you to celebrate and for us to thank everyone who has played a small or significant role in making the Urdd a significant movement for Wales and the people of Wales.”

First started by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards almost 100 years ago in Flintshire, North East Wales, The Urdd employs over 200 people across the country and contributes 32 million sterling to the Welsh economy.

Tens of thousands of schoolchildren visit their summer camps every year, and in 2022 they will open the first such environmental camp in Wales at Pentre Ifan in Pembrokeshire, along with the opening of the Heart of the Centre. at Llangrannog, and a new aquatics center at Glan-llyn.

They are also the main provider of learning through Welsh in the third sector in Wales.

Dozens of other events are planned throughout the anniversary, including a concert hosted by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The National Library of Wales, the official home of the Urdd Archives, has planned a number of commemorative exhibitions and workshops.

Those wishing to join in the birthday party and world record attempts are invited to register on the charity's website.

National Library Chief Executive and Librarian Pedr ap Llwyd said: “The Urdd continues to be a much needed national movement which continues to enrich the lives of children and young people whilst promoting the Welsh language at the same time. .

“The extent of the organization’s contribution to our national life is immeasurable and we are proud to say that much of the organization’s work is recorded here in the library collections, in the archival collections , books, sound and moving pictures.”

– To register to attend Urdd’s birthday party live on Zoom on January 25 and to join the two Guinness World Records title shots, visit www.urdd.cymru/100