Island Games breakfasts to eat into travel costs

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Why? Because a large proportion of the proceeds to go towards the costs of sending the 250-strong Jersey team to Rhodes.

Other fund-raising ideas include a car raffle and a sponsored walk in May, tentatively entitled: ‘All Roads to Rhodes’.

However, financial support from Education, Sport and Culture could be less than in previous years, although how much funding the athletes receive is still under discussion.

‘We’ve already had some help from the Sports Advisory Council, but in line with the current financial position of the States, we have been told that the level of public funding will be indicatively less than in previous years,’ McGinnigle said.

‘But the top line, without sponsorship or funding will be around £1,000 per competitor, which is still less than the seven days spent in the Shetlands, by comparison.

‘The first of our Big Breakfasts at the Pomme d’Or will be towards the end of January.

Then there will be the raffle and, in spring, we hope to organise a sponsored walk, when Islanders will walk from different parishes to a central location.

‘We’ll also be holding another team-building brief in June, when motivational speakers will be introduced for all of the competitors who are going.

‘At the moment it also looks like there will be a large number of supporters travelling over; although with 3,000 competitors for the Island Games all there at the same time, they’d be advised to book to travel as soon as they can.

‘Because they’ll be making their own arrangements it’s hard to determine how many supporters will be going, but early indications do suggest that the Jersey team will be well-supported in Rhodes.’ Further details of the ‘Big Breakfasts’ will follow in the New Year.

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