Generali Worldwide is set to continue its sponsorship of the Guernsey Island Games Association, backing the team all the way to the 2021 Guernsey Island Games.
This latest sponsorship agreement means that the global insurance company will have supported the Guernsey team for 10 years, working with them for six Island Games - in the Isle of Wight, Bermuda, Jersey, Gotland, Gibraltar and eventually the Guernsey Games.
Brian Allen, Chairman of the Guernsey Island Games Association, comments: “We initially chose Generali Worldwide as our sponsor because of the strong synergy between the ideals of our association and Generali’s own internal values of excellence and team spirit.
“Over the last five years, those shared values have created a true partnership.
“Generali Worldwide’s sponsorship has been invaluable, allowing us to compete at a higher level but also, through the annual sports bursary scheme, supporting community sport as well.
“We are thrilled that this ongoing partnership means that, together, we can work towards 2021, when Guernsey will be in the spotlight as the team competes on home ground. Securing this long-term sponsorship means we can focus 100 per cent on our sport and our athletes.”
The Island Games team is currently busy training for the 2017 Games to be held in Gotland, Sweden, in June. Over the course of the seven-day event, 3,000 athletes from 24 countries will compete across 14 different sports.
Guernsey has never been out of the top four medal winners and, at the 2016 Island Games in Jersey, the team won 28 gold medals across nine sports, placing them third out of 24 competing countries.
The Games also have personal significance for Generali Worldwide employees, some of whom have participated in past events and/ or are awaiting team selection news for Gotland.
Giorgio Daboni, Chief Executive Officer, Generali Worldwide in Guernsey, states: “Having supported the Guernsey Island Games Team since 2011, we are fully aware of the passion and drive that power these athletes across their various sporting disciplines. The spirit of the Games and Guernsey’s team matches our own corporate drive to be the very best and we are thrilled to be supporting the team beyond Gotland as they bring the Games home to Guernsey in 2021.”
Generali Worldwide has also been supporting the Guernsey Sports Commission via a charitable donation since 2015, which is being used to implement a coaching development programme and the Get Active Stay Active series of free sports try-out sessions.