Guernsey sporting bodies get £90k from Covid community fund

Guernsey FC are one of the major beneficiaries of funding from the Social Investment Fund. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Four of Guernsey's biggest sporting bodies have been given £90,000 from the island's Social Investment Fund to help them recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Guernsey Rugby Club, Guernsey Cricket, Guernsey FC, and the Guernsey Football Association all applied for a share of the pot raised by the island's Covid-19 Community Charity Appeal, which currently stands at more than £365,000.

All four have suffered loss of income after seeing their competitive seasons curtailed, while two - Guernsey Rugby Club and the GFA - have also been hit by significant cuts to their central funding.

Rugby is the biggest beneficiary, getting £35,000, with the GFA and GFC given £25,000 and £20,000 respectively, and cricket £10,000.

In the case of Rugby and Football, the reduction in funding from their National Governing Bodies was an unexpected hammer blow. Even allowing for redirecting funds from other initiatives, all three sports were facing the prospect of losing staff and inevitably having to reduce their community offering via their Development Officers.

Steve Sharman, Guernsey Sports Commission

The latest grants from the fund come on top of the £40,000 which is already being distributed by the Guernsey Sports Commission in smaller sums to clubs and association.

The Social Investment Fund has also previously given out separate grants to six other clubs, meaning its total support for sport now stands at £159,000.

The SIF Board has been shocked to learn of the serious financial challenges affecting sporting clubs due to Covid-19. The activities, support and health benefits provided by these clubs to hundreds of adults and children, both in the community and within schools, is very impressive and we would not like to see the impact of these activities reduced.

Jurat Stephen Jones, Chair, Social Investment Fund