Osian’s Euro 2020 chant wins Wales fans’ vote

Saturday 5th June 2021 10:02 am
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A Ciliau Aeron schoolboy has been announced as the winner of a competition to create a new football chant to support Wales at Euro 2020.

Osian Jones’s ‘Sea Chanty’ secured enough votes to be named the winner of Gwlad y Chants.

Mentrau Iaith and Football Association Wales called on Welsh football fans to vote for their favourite chant to support the team at the upcoming Euro 2020.

As the composer of the winning chant, Osian (pictured) will also get the opportunity to visit a Wales squad training session in the future.

The competition was open to primary and secondary school children as well as adults, with the winners of each category receiving a shirt signed by Wales’ Euro 2020 squad, which included Aberystwyth native Rhys Norrington-Davies.

Osian topped the primary school category and received the largest number of votes of all categories.

Osian, a member of Felinfach Football Club’s under-12s and a pupil at Ysgo Ciliau Parc, Ciliau Aeron, took inspiration from the ‘Wellerman’ sea shanty which has taken the world by storm thanks to a series of TikTok videos earlier this year.

Discussing Osian’s chant, presenter of Y Wal Goch, Yws Gwynedd, who was among the judges, said: “I think this is my favourite ever! On point, on trend, bang on.”

Fellow judge Sioned Dafydd, a Sgorio reporter, agrees: “I must say, fair play Osian, because, out of all categories, he’s at the top of the table. Well done Osian, I’m a big fan.”

Gwlad y Chants competition is a collaborative campaign for Mentrau Iaith and FAW to encourage supporters to use a little bit more Welsh while cheering on the national football team.

Steffan Rees, Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion community development officer said: “We at the Menter Iaith are so happy that Osian has won this opportunity. It’s time now that everyone learns his chant to support Cymru at Euro 2020! His ‘Sea Chanty’ is great, and we hope his success will encourage others to create more Welsh language football chants in the future.”

You can hear Osian's chant below and watch the rest of the winning entries at www.mentrauiaith.cymru/gwlad-y-chants

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