Sports Loan Scheme
Building the right facilities in the right places makes participation in sport and physical activity a realistic option for many more people and leads to a better experience for those who are already engaged. This means starting with local insight to truly understand what the community needs and wants. It also means thinking about how potential existing and future facilities can potentially work together - not necessarily just looking at an individual building or the needs of an individual sport.
The Sports Loans Scheme has been developed to help support this development, helping sporting organisations and playing field associations to invest strategically in the improvement and/or development of sporting facilities and/or infrastructure for the benefit of the local community. Applications will be considered for a standalone project or as a contribution to a strategic plan that includes more than one project. Loans are available for the development of the capital infrastructure, which can contribute to the costs of new build, modernisation or refurbishment and purchasing of major fixed equipment as part of the facility development.
Further information regarding the scheme, see the downloads section of this page.
The 'Inter-Island' Games were born in the Isle of Man in 1985, with the intention of bringing together a number of small islands from different parts of the world in friendly competition as part of the Isle of Man's Year of Sport. Athletes from as far afield as Iceland and Scandinavia in the northern hemisphere, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, down to St. Helena in the South Atlantic, took part. This inaugural Games saw around 600 competitors participate in seven sports representing 15 Islands. The Games have grown substantially since this time, with the XVI NatWest Island Games hosted by Jersey in July 2015 welcoming approximately 2,430 competitors in 14 sports, representing a total of 24 member Islands.
- The Island Games is now a firmly established event taking place once every two years, providing an opportunity for hundreds of young sportsmen and women from small island communities, to compete and enjoy international competition against other islanders with similar standards of performance.
- The event provides excellent opportunities for Islanders to raise their standards in sport through competition at an international level, but also brings further opportunities for cultural exchange and social interaction with visiting teams, and to establish new lifelong friendships with fellow Islanders from different and varying nations.
Guernsey Sports Commission
The Guernsey Sports Commission is a charitable organisation set up in 2004 that aims to promote physical activity and sport in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
It runs a number of programmes throughout the year that provide participants of all ages the chance to take part in sport & physical activity, and provides a range of support mechanisms open to sports clubs, coaches and anyone looking to continue their professional development. Funding local sports events & offering sports workshops are just some of the ways in which it supports the islands sporting community. A list of 50 of its member sports and further details about their charity can be found on the Sports Commission website www.guernseysports.com.