Press Release


Publication Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014


The Member Islands of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) met for the 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Jersey Saturday 28 June 2014.  As a part of the meeting held in the Radisson Blu Hotel the delegates from the islands were updated on the plans for the XVIth NatWest Island Games in Jersey 2015.

IIGA Chairman Jörgen Pettersson comments: ”It is great to see how well organised the Jersey Organising Committee is and we are looking forward to the largest NatWest Island Games so far next summer.”

Also at the AGM the NatWest representative Jerry Whitsey, Chairman of the Corporate Sustainability Board, announced that NatWest will continue as Title Sponsor for the NatWest Island Games in both Gotland 2017 and Menorca in 2019.

Jerry commented:  “The NatWest Island Games represent a significant part of the bank’s Corporate Sustainability programme aimed at  helping our island communities and we are delighted to continue our support for this event.  We have been proud to see the Games grow over the past 15 years, and the NatWest Island Games in Jersey will be the largest multi sport event in Europe in 2015. Participation in higher level sporting competition is only one aspect of the success of this event; as important is the contribution to the islands’ cultural landscape.”

”We are grateful for the continued financial support NatWest has provided not only for the Association and the Host Islands but also for the ongoing Sports Development Programme which distributes funding to sporting projects within our Member Islands”, IIGA Chairman Jörgen Pettersson said.

At the meeting it was also agreed that the NatWest Island Games 2019 will be hosted by the Island of Menorca. This will be the 18th time the biannual Games will be organised since the start in Isle of Man 1985 and the first time for Menorca to become 1 of 13 Host Islands.

Menorca has actively participated in NatWest Island Games since 2007 in Rhodes and their competitors have contributed with great sporting skills together with enthusiasm and friendship.

”We are glad for the confidence the Member Islands have shown in us and we are very much looking forward to becoming a Host Island. The NatWest Island Games has become an important competition for the whole of the Island and we will do our utmost in order to deliver at least as fantastic Games as the Member Islands have experienced so far”, commented the Sporting Minister of Menorca, Mr. Juanjo Pons.

Chairman of the IIGA, Mr. Jörgen Pettersson, added:   ”Menorca has, during the four NatWest Island Games they’ve attended, shown great enthusiasm and commitment for the ongoing development of our Games and our Association. The Executive Committe visited the Island in 2009 and was impressed by the sporting community. Menorca has everything needed to deliver a great Games and we are looking forward to working together with Minister Juanjo Pons and his team in order to organise a successful NatWest Island Games in 2019.”

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