Island Games funding bid of £750k approved

The opening ceremony of the 2003 island Games took place around St Peter Port harbour
Image caption The last Island Games to be held in Guernsey was in 2003

A £750k bid for funding for Guernsey to host the 2021 Island Games has been approved.

Deputies voted comprehensively in favour of the funding request, with one politician, Lester Queripel, abstaining.

President of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, Paul Le Pelley, said it would "give something marvellous to the whole community".

Guernsey previously hosted the Island Games in 1987 and 2003.

The cost of holding the last event in Guernsey was around £1m according to Stuart Falla, who led the games committee in 2003.

Jersey's Island Games in 2015 cost £1.9m to stage, with £1.3m of the funding coming from its government.

Holding the 2021 games in Guernsey would cost nowhere near the £1.9m spent in Jersey, according to Jon Marley from the Guernsey's Island Games Association.

Up to 27 islands have participated in the Island Games since they were founded in 1985.

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