Foreword from our Chairman, Phil Austin MBE
It is with immense pleasure that I present to you Jersey Sport’s Annual Report for 2019, which highlights some of our key achievements for the year.
Currently in its third year, Jersey Sport is an independent body tasked with championing sport and active living in the island, and we are proud to have gone from strength to strength in terms of the ways our organisation and our teams have created a positive impact on island life. A pivotal moment in 2019 was gaining charitable status which will enable us to gain increased funding to invest in more services and events in sport and activity across the island.
Our Chief Executive Officer, Catriona McAllister, has continued to work with the Government of Jersey in the production and development of the Inspiring an Active Jersey (IAJ) strategy which aims to define Jersey as a world leader in sport and active living over the next 10 years.
We are very proud of the work our coaches continue to do to inspire children, both in school and out, while our experienced and qualified Move More Referral Instructors have made a huge difference to people’s lives on a daily basis, helping them to achieve improved mobility and fitness after illness or injury. In 2019, we added to our classes with Move More Health Walks which have been incredibly successful, seeing up to 90 people turn up for some walks and more islanders making the most of the beautiful scenery on our doorstep.
The launch of the Move More Jersey initiative on 1 May 2019, as a way to inspire islanders to get more active, more often from a non-competitive angle, has been a great success with hundreds of people taking part in classes, walks and cycling events. In line with the Inspiring an Active Jersey (IAJ) strategy which aims to increase activity amongst islanders across all demographics by 10% by 2030, we launched Friday Fun Play Days to encourage more use of Jersey’s parks whilst also improving health and wellbeing. For the first time, Jersey Sport introduced a holiday camp specifically for children with disabilities or additional special educational needs which was very well received and well attended.
Jersey Sport continues to administer the Travel Grants scheme, on behalf of the Government of Jersey. The introduction of the Volunteer Workforce Grants was designed to support the development of local coaches, officials and volunteers. Jersey Sport is proud to note that in 2019 the number of workshops delivered, and the number of delegates engaged, both increased by 100%.
During 2019, through the Move More Jersey initiative, we played an active role in promoting and taking part in various island events including the HSBC Let’s Ride Pop-Ups at Les Quennevais, the Closer to Home roadshow (in association with the Government of Jersey) that brings activities and services closer to residents across the island and the Wheels for All cycling festival which brought opportunities for disabled islanders to try a range of adaptive cycles. 2019 also saw the introduction of the HSBC Breeze Jersey cycle group, an initiative introduced in conjunction with the HSBC UK Breeze women-only free cycle rides.
Celebrating sport and active living in Jersey rose to new heights with the launch of our RaceNation Sport and Move More Jersey awards event in October. Sponsored by RaceNation, we were proud to offer 10 awards and induct two sporting stars into the Jersey Sport Hall of Fame, sponsored by Ocorian. Gold Olympic medallist and Ambassador for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Amy Williams MBE, was guest speaker for the evening and inspired the audience with her tales from on and off the skeleton track.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and board members of Jersey Sport who continue to help us to achieve growth through their dedication, achievements and ongoing efforts. I would also like to thank all our sponsors and funders, including the Government of Jersey, who have offered so much support throughout 2019. The statistics within this annual report highlight the incredible work our teams have done throughout 2019 and we look forward to continued growth, development and success in 2020.