WIIGA looking for new sponsor for Jersey Games

Representatives from the Western Isles Island Games Association, competitors and from sponsors Breedon Hebrides who are sponsoring the Western Isles' participation in the Bermuda Games.
Representatives from the Western Isles Island Games Association, competitors and from sponsors Breedon Hebrides who are sponsoring the Western Isles' participation in the Bermuda Games.

The Western Isles Island Games Assosiation are looking for a new sponsor as their association with Breedon Hebrides has come to an end.

Breedon Hebrides began their association with WIIGA ten years ago in the run up to WIIGA’s first Games in Shetland 2005 following entry to the International Island Games Association, and covered subsequent Games in Rhodes 2007, Aland 2009, Isle of Wight 2011, up until Bermuda 2013.

It has been a long partnership but now WIIGA chiefs are activley seeking support from a new sponsor or group of sponsors to help ease the financial commitment of the participants.

With 4,500 people from the 24 different member Islands expected in Jersey 2015 the Games offers significant exposure to potential sponsors.

The event receives widespread media coverage in the countries of the member Islands, and even wider coverage through social media.

Breedon Hebrides Regional Director, Angus Macleod said: “We are delighted to have been associated with the Western Isles team over the past 10 years.

“Over this period we have seen a truly remarkable improvement in the athletes’ performance, justly reflected in their impressive haul of medals.

“I look forward to following the team’s fortunes with great interest in the years to come.”

Norrie MacDonald, WIIGA Chairperson, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Breedon Hebrides, and previously Bardon’s, for their commitment to WIIGA since 2004.

“Their support has helped provide many young people from the Western Isles with the opportunity to participate in high level sport, and experience an amazing International event.”

The NatWest Island Games is a truly International event, with 24 Islands from around the Scandinavian countries, the Mediterranean and the UK as well as St Helena, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Faroes and Greenland from further afield.

WIIGA General Team Manager, Iain GG Campbell, said: “We know from our experiences at previous NatWest Island Games that the build-up and the week-long event itself generate considerable public interest.

“It is recognised that this is a major International sporting event, highlighted by the fact that competing at the games for the Western Isles team is a main target for Scottish Swimming Gold Squad member, Kara Hanlon and Commonwealth Games Scottish Mountain Bike squad member, Kerry Macphee.

“We are well aware of the importance of easing the financial burden on those representing the Western Isles at the Games, and are keen to do all we can to secure further funding.”

If any business or individual is interested in becoming a sponsor contact Iain GG Campbell at: iain.campbell@cne-siar.gov.uk .