Gwynedd home to be converted as part of £6.5m Urdd project

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Urdd Glan-llynImage source, Eirian Evans/Geograph
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The Glan-llyn centre sits on the side of Llyn Tegid in Gwynedd

Urdd Gobaith Cymru is to begin a £6.5m project to develop its outdoor centres.

The youth organisation will mark the start of the work at a house formerly used by the head of the Glan-llyn centre near Bala in Gwynedd.

The extended house will become a new stand-alone centre, combining accommodation and teaching spaces.

The 18-month project also includes a new water sport centre at Glan-llyn, and modernisation of parts of the Llangrannog centre in Ceredigion.

Urdd chief executive Siân Lewis said it was "the start of a significant and important project for the Urdd".

"More than 50% of all Welsh schools attend Urdd centres on residential courses, and of those who visited over the past three years, 26% came from the 20% most deprived communities in Wales," she said.

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How the Llangrannog centre in Ceredigion could look in the future

The Urdd said there were 47,000 annual visitors to Llangrannog and Glan-llyn, generating a turnover of £5m.

It is anticipated the increase in visitors at the centres will result in an additional £1.3m in turnover for the Urdd and an increase in staff numbers.

The investment combines a grant from the Welsh Government and match funding by the Urdd.