Anglesey has been selected to host the 40th Anniversary of the celebrated International Island Games hopefully in 2025. The Games which will see 4,000 athletes competing from 24 islands across the world are expected to bring £4.5m into the local economy.
Gareth Parry – Chair of the Ynys Môn Island Games Bid Committee – who said:
“This is a great opportunity to inspire as many local people as possible to get involved and take part – whilst putting the island firmly on the international map.”
Gareth is hoping to repeat Ynys Môn’s excellent achievements in hosting the Inter-Games Football in 2019 games when the island won the men’s football and women’s silver, as well as achieving gold medals in swimming and sailing at the Games in Gibraltar.
MP for Ynys Môn, Virginia Crosbie, supported the bid saying:
“In the wake of COVID-19 this is a really positive boost for Ynys Môn. It is an exciting opportunity for the island which will put a spotlight on our beautiful county. It will also bring our local communities together as we welcome thousands of sports fans and celebrate our achievements. The Island Games should generate a positive impact on both physical and mental health on Anglesey.
“I will be working with our team, the UK Government and the local Council to ensure that these Games are used to improve and develop our sports and leisure facilities and create a health and fitness legacy for future generations. Indeed, I have already been in contact with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, seeking support to develop our local facilities.”
Nigel Huddleston, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said:
“Congratulations to Virginia Crosbie MP, the Ynys Môn bid committee and all those who helped make the bid a success. Hosting the Island Games will put Ynys Môn firmly on the International map.
“The Games have the potential to inspire more people to get active and will provide a boost for the local economy. It is an event the whole community can look forward to and be immensely proud about.”