A series of audio walks exploring the history and sporting venues of Grangetown has been launched in Cardiff.
The walks, which were created by six young people from the area, are being made available to the public for the first time following a project to get youngsters more engaged with their local community.
Cardiff University, the University of Glamorgan, and Beacon for Wales organised “Sounding the Way: Audio Walking in Cardiff’s Urban Neighbourhoods”, working with 14-17-year-olds from The Buzz youth centre on Penarth Road to explore their area through audio walks.
The youngsters decided on themes for two walks – one on the history of Grangetown, the other on its sporting venues – then chose the routes to follow, people to interview, and stories to tell as part of the audio tours.
They learned how to record and edit their narration and interviews, before putting them together with route maps for people to download online.
The history and change walk takes in Grangetown landmarks including St Paul’s Church, Clive Street, Grange Farm, and Grangetown Library, looking at the history of the area’s place names, politics, religion, World War II and the Bay.
For this route the boys spent time with Grangetown Local History Society, and spoke to many older members of the community about what life was like for them in Grangetown when they were teenagers.
Eighteen-year-old engineering student Mubarak Salah, who worked on both audio walks, said: “Life for them was very different. They’ve been through so much with the war. They had a lot less sports, and more work. This generation is more about work and play.”
The sports and games walk, which follows a route from the Cardiff Devils Arena to The Buzz centre, explored the history of sports in Grangetown, including ice hockey, baseball and rowing.
Khalid Jama, also 18, said: “I was surprised by what we found out. You think of sports like football, rugby and golf being popular, but we learned about ice hockey and baseball. We’re happy about the project we’ve done.”
Listen to Mubarak, Khalid and Hamza Askar talking about the project.
Youth worker Ali Abdi said the boys had initially taken on the project as part of the service section of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, but it had ended up being much more than that.
He said: “Not only have they completed their service section, they’ve worked with professionals, learned creative and interviewing skills, and they’ve taken ownership of it when they walk around Grangetown.”