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Guernsey Island Games Association (GIGA)
GIGA News - Website
Written by Patrick Ogier   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:44
Five Island Games sports clubs have been awarded bursaries as part of Generali Worldwide’s ongoing sponsorship of the Guernsey Island Games Association.
Bowls, squash and racketball, tennis, volleyball and badminton will each receive bursaries of £1,000.
Whilst there are 13 months to go before the team travels to Gotland in 2017, the clubs are always working tirelessly to develop their sports in the island. The bursary scheme was conceived to help fund key developmental activities such as travel to off-island competitions, new equipment or simply to attract new people to the sports. The Island Games is so much more than seven days of competition. The Games are a source of inspiration for anyone, whatever their level of sporting prowess. They play an important role in helping to sustain and grow sport participation, as well as being a source of great island pride.
“It’s very pleasing to see the bursaries being used to help sport to thrive in Guernsey – from engaging young people to helping the high-performance sportsmen reach new levels,” says Giorgio Daboni, Chief Executive Officer of Generali Worldwide in Guernsey.
Each of the sports clubs are asked to determine the best use for their bursary funds, spending it in a variety of ways according to their individual needs.
The Guernsey Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) will be focusing on youth development in primary and secondary schools. The funds will help launch a new school’s programme of taster sessions and lunchtime match play, as well as building vital links between the  GLTA and schools. “We must keep an eye on the future of our sport and it’s so important that we get funding, like this bursary, to ensure that tennis continues to grow and we can engage more young people in our sport,” says Rick Denton, Chairman of the Guernsey Lawn Tennis Association.
The Guernsey Squash and Racketball Association will be spreading their funds between investing in an experienced coach to visit from the UK and travel expenses for competitions off island, as well as new goggles and rackets for juniors. “We want to ensure that our experienced players benefit, as well as encouraging more young people into the sport,” says Darron Turvey, Chairman of the Guernsey Squash and Racketball Association.
Volleyball also requires funds to help senior players travel off island for competitions, whilst Badminton will invest in a Commonwealth Games medal winner who will visit Guernsey and coach the Island Games squad and junior players.
Guernsey’s bowls players have an impressive pedigree in international competitions and they have an ambitious four-year programme in place that includes hosting international events in Guernsey and employing a full-time development officer. The Generali Worldwide bursary will contribute to their coffers to carry out their ambitious plans.
Going forward, there are plans to rotate the bursaries across all Island Games Association member clubs to ensure that all sports have access to funding over the next four years.
“The bursaries continue to be very well received by the Island Games Association member sports,’ says Brian Allen, Chairman of GIGA. “Guernsey’s sporting community is quite incredible given our size, but we can’t rest on our laurels. We want to compete at the highest level and also continue to attract new people into all the sports. Generali Worldwide has given £25,000 in bursaries to local sport since 2012 - their support is invaluable.”


GIGA News - Website
Written by Patrick Ogier   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 19:52

The Guernsey Island Games Association is delighted to announce that Dame Mary Perkins will Chair the committee to host the Island Games in Guernsey in 2021

Dame Mary brings a wealth of business experience to the role as one of the co-founders of Specsavers Optical Group and is a keen and passionate supporter of sport in the community.

Dame Mary says “I thought the games we hosted in 2003 were the most brilliant thing I’ve ever been to and included the whole island.  When I heard the plans to host again in 2021 I really wanted to be involved and the chance to have the Games here again is so exciting for everybody.”

GIGA have been working hard over recent months to find the right candidate for the role and GIGA Chairman Brian Allen says “Dame Mary is probably one of the most important supporters of sport on the island and we couldn’t have found a better candidate to be in charge of putting on a fabulous games in 2021.”

Dame Mary will now put together the rest of her 2021 Committee. The next stage in the process is to confirm the dates and sports for 2021 which will be done soon.

Meanwhile, former IIGA treasurer Eric Legg will be working on the financial side of the bid in the next few weeks. He will then act as one the advisers to the Organising Committee.  

Guernsey’s plans to host in 2021 will be put before the member islands of the International Island Games Association at the AGM in July where they’ll make the final decision.


Generali Worldwide continues support of Guernsey Island Games Team Print E-mail
GIGA News - Website
Written by Patrick Ogier   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:39

Generali Worldwide is set to continue its sponsorship of the Guernsey Island Games Association and looks forward to the next global gathering in Gotland in 2017.

The global insurance organisation has supported the team since 2011 and the partnership has helped to give Guernsey’s top sportsmen and women the best possible ‘Island Games’ experience in Bermuda, the Isle of Wright and Jersey.

“The spirit of the Island Games, and that of the Guernsey team, matches our own drive for success, bringing people together and recognising talent”, comments Giorgio Daboni, Chief Executive Officer of Generali in Guernsey. “Our purpose is to actively protect and enhance people's lives and we believe that sport goes some way towards meeting that goal. Going to Jersey and watching the Guernsey team at the opening ceremony was a great experience and we look forward to standing alongside them again in Gotland.”

Guernsey came third in the medals table in Jersey this year and won 28 gold medals across nine sports. The team will travel to Gotland in Sweden for the World Island Games XVII, where 3,000 athletes from 24 countries will compete.

“With Generali Worldwide we feel that we have a true partner”, says Brian Allen, Chairman of the Guernsey Island Games Association. “In many ways the Company has become synonymous with the Guernsey Island Games team and we have benefitted greatly from their support, which goes beyond just financial sponsorship.”

Mr. Allen continues: “There are exciting times ahead for the Guernsey team, as we nurture young talent and see athletes progress into senior competition. We are delighted to have secured sponsorship to help take us forward.”

Generali Worldwide has also supported the Guernsey Sports Commission through a donation which is being used to implement a coach development programme and the Get Active Stay Active series of free sports try-out sessions.