Following the success of Cuach na Cloinne over the past few years, and particularly the very positive feedback on Cuach na Cloinne 2017, Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG) has now started preparations for Cuach na Cloinne 2018.
The football competition (5 a-sides) is for Gaelic-speaking primary school children, classes 4-7. At this stage, CnaG want to hear back which schools wish to participate in the competition. CnaG would be delighted for schools, which would be unable to enter a team because of small school rolls, to come together with other small schools, to enter the competition. Pupils from the lower classes are welcomed if this is necessary.
It is intended to continue with the same format where with six regional competitions with the winners of the six regional competitions progressing to the Finals.
The proposed regional competitions are to take place in Stornoway/Back, Daliburgh/Liniclate, Portree, Inverness, Fort William and Glasgow. The Finals will be held on Tuesday 29 May at Bught Park, Inverness.
The proposed dates for the regional competitions are as follows:
Thursday 3 May 2018 - All-weather pitches, Smith Avenue, Stornoway / Back Recreation Centre
Thursday 3 May 2018 - Bun-sgoil Dhalabroig/Sgoil Lionacleit
Friday 4 May 2018 - Portree High School, Skye
Tuesday 8 May 2018 - Bught Park, Inverness
Wednesday 9 May 2018 - Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abair, Fort William
Thursday 10 May 2018 - Glasgow Green Football Centre, Glasgow
The competitions will all start at 10.30am and should be completed by around 12.30 depending on the number of teams participating.
With regard to competition rules, the teams will comprise of five players, boys or/and girls, and up to 2 substitutes. The competition will be held entirely in Gaelic and it is vital that all participants have Gaelic. CnaG representatives will speak to all participants prior to the start of the competitions to ensure all the children in the teams have Gaelic. All teams must be accompanied by at least one Gaelic-speaking adult.
Cuach na Cloinne is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and is managed by Comunn na Gàidhlig.