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The relationship between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Cardiff and the Vale College, going from strength to strength

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor recently hosted a group of students from Cardiff and Vale College, as part of an exchange trip to learn more about the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai college’s Welsh language provision on Sports courses, under the auspices of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's small grants scheme.

The objective of the small grants fund is to support innovative and creative initiatives, including individual projects, which will expand and/or enrich the provision of Welsh-medium education in Higher and Further Education institutions.

A full week of activities was organised for the students of the two colleges, including staying over at Plas Menai - the National Outdoor Centre for Wales - which inspires, develops and trains through the medium of Welsh or bilingually.

During the three-day visit, the students enjoyed a night of fun at the Hwylfan in Caernarfon, spent an afternoon playing 'footgolf', and were treated to a self-defence lesson by master Pol Wong from Kung Fu and Qi Gong Hafan Shaolin Cymru - home to one of only three ordained Shaolin monks in the UK. Shi Yong Jie (Pol Wong) is a 33rd generation Shaolin Monk, and holds sessions through the medium of Welsh.

Sara Davies, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Branch Officer at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai said: "The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's small grants scheme is an extremely good way for us to work together across the further education sector in Wales, and to learn more about the Welsh-medium provision available. The first part of the exchange trip was a huge success, and now the students from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor are looking forward to visiting the capital as part of the reciprocal arrangement."

The highlight of the week for many was a trip up the largest mountain in Wales, Yr Wyddfa. This gave the students a great chance to learn more about the outdoor sector in Wales, and the opportunities available to use their Welsh language skills within that sector.

Eifion Owen, Head of Programme Area for Business, IT, Hospitality, Sports, Hair and Beauty, and Higher Education at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said: "It was a pleasure to be able to guide the students of Cardiff and Vale College and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor up Snowdon, and to show that the Welsh language is an essential skill in many areas of sports and outdoor activities. As a college we are very grateful for the sponsorship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, it has enabled us to get to know, and work more closely with, our partners at Cardiff and Vale College"

Shellie Scott, Lecturer at Cardiff and the Vale College said.

"Our students have had unforgettable experiences here at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. Thank you to everyone for the warm, Welsh welcome. For students who do not fully understand that it is possible to live and work in communities entirely through the medium of Welsh, having this type of experience is very important. Thank you once again"