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‘Plan for sport’ could see £1.2m. invested

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SOME £1.2m. of investment could be pumped into sport in Guernsey if deputies support Education, Sport & Culture’s ‘plan for sport’ proposals.

Members of the Guernsey Sports Commission invited deputies to one of their multi-sports holiday clubs yesterday and lobbied them to support Education, Sport & Culture’s ‘Plan For Sport’. Left to right: ESC president Deputy Matt Fallaize, performance director at the Guernsey Sports Commission Jeremy Frith, ESC member Richard Graham and Sports Commission operations director Graham Chester. (Picture by Zoe Fitch)

At one of the multi-sports events at the Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre yesterday, members of the Guernsey Sports Commission lobbied deputies to support the proposals, informing them of the work they do, their vision for the future and what additional funding could achieve.

The commission has eight main objectives, ranging from primary school PE lessons to very high-level elite sport on the island, and everything inbetween.

Performance director Jeremy Frith said the objectives all interact and support one another, and to fully achieve the commission’s five-year vision they need deputies to support ESC’s proposals to tap into more funding.

‘For some families, going to sports clubs or reaching that higher level is out of the question before the question is even asked because of the financial side. We want to make sure that everyone, no matter their background, has access to sport and an active lifestyle.’

The commission, which turns over about £700,000 a year, recognised Guernsey has several good sporting facilities, but their dream was that every sport has a home.

President of ESC Deputy Matt Fallaize was hopeful his committee’s policy letter would have the support of the Assembly.

‘Guernsey has never had a policy plan for sport and without that it’s almost impossible to secure additional investment in the industry. The plan for sport would see £1.2m. of investment over the next few years and the States needs to be confident that there’s a plan behind it and that we can measure the impact that it has,’ he said.

ESC’s objectives line up closely with the ambition of the Guernsey Sports Commission, and it will fall to the Sports Commission and the Health Improvement Commission to help deliver the plan.

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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