Grants & Funding - A Personal Perspective

August 16, 2020

The Guernsey Sports Commission published its ambitious 5-Year Action Plan earlier this year and is making progress on all 8 workstreams.

Our Action plan supports the aims and objectives of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture's Active 8 Plan for Sport which is due for debate in August.

Funding unlocked through the approval of the CfESC Active-8 Plan for Sport will enable to us to achieve our vision that “everyone in Guernsey should have the opportunity and support to participate and compete, and fulfil their potential no matter what their background, age, or level of ability in a safe and supportive environment.”

We can only do this by working in partnership with the States of Guernsey, our member sports and the wider community.

In advance of the States Debate, we asked some islanders involved in sport for their personal perspective on elements of the Guernsey Sports Commission's Action Plan and why the work we do is important to them:

Adrian Brown – President, Sylvans Sports Club

"I write this statement in support of the Guernsey Sports Commission {"GSC") and the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture’s Active 8 Plan for sport.

As President of Sylvans, I am keen to support this very worthwhile initiative. Of course, the benefits of sport and physical activity on the island are obvious for all to see, especially so during the restrictions placed on all islanders by the pandemic.

Sylvans is a registered charity with very limited funds. As a direct result of Covid we estimate that we lost in excess of £12,000. At grassroots level this is a significant loss and no doubt without outside support, Covid would have seriously threatened the viability of our club.

We have been very fortunate to receive financial support from the Social Investment Fund and other funding from the Football Association. Without this, our future would have been very bleak and of course no-one knows what is going to happen next. Currently, due largely to the support of these agencies, the future of Sylvans is bright and we seek to expand our reach across the local community.

Sylvans supports the GSC in all of its activities and initiatives and I trust that the States of Guernsey will do likewise."