The 2021 Island Games in Guernsey will be the last to be sponsored by NatWest International.
The announcement made today (1 June) will mean the end to the partnership after 23 years.
Since 1998, NatWest International has worked closely with organisers and provided financial assistance to support host islands.
We are immensely proud of our long term involvement in the Island Games and the legacy that it has given to both athletes and member islands. Hosting the games is a huge feat that brings real challenge for the host island, but the effect it can have on an island and islanders has often been transformative in terms of sports infrastructure and achievement. Bringing sport to spectators who would not normally get to see competition at this level and providing a launchpad for athletes who often go on to compete at Commonwealth, International and even Olympic level is a wonderful accomplishment. It is fitting that our last event as sponsor is in the Channel Islands and we feel honoured to be able to pass the baton on to the new partner to take the games into a new era in such good shape.
The Island Games was founded in 1985 in the Isle of Man, with the aim of bringing together athletes from small islands across the world.
It now sees over 2,000 competitors from 23 islands come together every two years to compete in 14 different sports.
The IIGA and its Member Islands have learnt a lot from the professionalism demonstrated by NatWest International. Together we have developed a sporting structure that is filled with friendship and international cooperation. We have organised eleven successful Games and we have brought islands and islanders together as we have developed sports, friendship and communities all over the world. With great enthusiasm we are looking forward to organising the NatWest International Island Games in Guernsey and will make sure those Games will be another highlight in the unique journey that NatWest International and IIGA have shared and benefitted from.