Condor and Sports Commission launch travel initiative

March 25, 2024

Junior triathlete Hannah Kennedy was the first to benefit from the new Travel Fund. She is pictured with (L to R) Graham McCormack, Fort Group - Main Sponsors of the Guernsey Tri Club; Ian le Moigne, Marketing Manager, Condor Ferries; Donal Kennedy; Jos Ensink, Guernsey Tri Club; Graham Chester, Operations Director, Guernsey Sports Commission

CONDOR has teamed up with the Guernsey Sports Commission to help the next generation of Island sports stars by establishing a dedicated travel fund.

The initiative directly benefits up-and-coming local athletes who will be able to attend events, training, trials and competitions in Jersey, the UK or overseas by travelling on Condor’s network. The Guernsey Sports Commission will oversee the selection of appropriate recipients, aged from 13 to 23 and the fund, which starts now, is worth £5,000 each year.

Justin Amey, Condor Ferries’ Head of Sales and Marketing, said: ‘During our many years of involvement with local sport, it is clear that there is a wealth of talented youngsters, some of whom need a helping hand to develop their talent in the UK.

‘We are delighted to partner with the Guernsey Sports Commission and utilise its expertise in identifying and nurturing the most deserving recipients.’

Graham Chester, Operations Director for the Sports Commission, thanked Condor for their support.

‘Competing and training off-island is essential for many of our aspiring young sports people but we know that the cost of travel can sometimes be a barrier, particularly when they need to travel with a parent or coach or take bulky sports equipment with them.

‘This support from Condor will certainly provide an additional boost by increasing travel opportunities to the UK, Jersey or France for those young people who regularly compete or train off-island and will work alongside our established Sport Development Fund,’ said Graham.

The travel fund, which is separate from the company’s established Community Fund, will accept applications from any sport although it is being targeted at those who usually travel with equipment or vehicles e.g. triathlon, cycling, motor sport and those competing in equestrian events. It will be run in both Islands so Condor is also working with Jersey Sport.

Mr Amey added: ‘This is the first time we have developed a fund that helps Islanders achieve their individual and shared sporting ambitions off-Island. Our goal is to assist a few sporting protégés in realising their dreams and potentially fly the Guernsey flag on the bigger stage.’

For details and how to apply,