IIGA chief Pettersson signs new Games deal

WHEN it comes to the Island Games, you have long been able to bank on NatWest.

You can bank on it: Signing up for 2021 at Royal Bank House, from left – Rob Girard, Jorgen Pettersson and Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of RBS International. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 21229744)
You can bank on it: Signing up for 2021 at Royal Bank House, from left – Rob Girard, Jorgen Pettersson and Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of RBS International. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 21229744)

Visiting International Island Games Association chairman Jorgen Pettersson has been on the island this week as the IIGA signed a renewal of NatWest International’s long commitment to the biennial ‘mini Olympics’ and hear Dame Mary Perkins’ 2021 organising committee give an update on progress for the third staging of the Games locally.

Pettersson said the partnership between the IIGA and NatWest International has made ‘a major contribution to the development of our Games and it has enabled our association to grow, both in size and in knowledge’.

He added: ‘We are extremely grateful for the ongoing and enthusiastic support shown by NatWest International, which has inspired us to develop the Games into a movement that changes lives and is a catalyst for the development of island communities.’

NatWest initially became the official sponsor of the International Island Games in 1998 and has been the title sponsor ever since. It will continue to embrace the staging of the 2021 Games.

Four of NatWest International’s jurisdictions – Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey – consistently have high levels of participants in the Games and the sponsor is also able to provide financial support to sporting talent through the Sports Development programme.

NatWest International Sports Development grants help sport to grow and standards to develop across the member islands. It means the bank can invest directly in and support the communities it serves.

Guernseyman Rob Girard, senior country head for NatWest International, said he was ‘looking forward to enjoying a memorable week in Guernsey and continuing to support aspiring athletes’.

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