Island Games date to be announced within weeks

A DECISION is expected within weeks on a new date for Guernsey to host the next NatWest International Island Games.

Guernsey last hosted the NatWest Island Games in 2003. (28934416)
Guernsey last hosted the NatWest Island Games in 2003. (28934416)

The International Island Games Association has now completed the consultation process with all of the member islands, along with the organising committees from Guernsey and Orkney, and they are expected to reveal the outcome soon.

It comes as the States funding for the major sporting event looks to be secured.

The newly-released 2021 Budget contains details of carrying forward the funding that was originally agreed in 2016 for the 2021 Games for any of 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025.

It means a maximum of £600,000 from the Lottery Appreciation Fund and a maximum of £150,000 from the capital account of the Sports Loans Fund will be made available.

Julia Bowditch, Guernsey’s Island Games director, said although the main planning activity was currently on hold, they are looking forward to having a date to work towards.

‘Our main focus is for all the member islands to stay healthy and well and we will keep everyone informed as soon as we know about a decision on the revised dates.

‘Although we appreciate some of our plans may need to be adapted, we are very grateful for the support we have received so far from the States of Guernsey and our other 10 sponsors regarding the funding for the Games.

‘We will continue to work as hard as we can to put on the best event possible and give the people of Guernsey and the other member islands something to look forward to and celebrate.’

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