10th September 1987

Guernsey hosted the second Island Games

At the end of the first Island Games, host island Isle of Man handed the baton to Guernsey. Thus, in September 1987, Guernsey welcomed 1049 athletes from 18 different islands to its shores.

The athletes competed in nine events: athletics, archery, badminton, bowling, cycling, shooting, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The main venue, on which the event was focused, was Footes Lane.

Guernsey itself won 17 gold, 19 silver and 28 bronze medals, which put it third overall in the medals table. The Isle of Man and Jersey came first and second.

Securing funding

The States of Guernsey provided a grant of £25,000 to the organising committee to help with funding. The various sports facilities that hosted the individual competitions also did so at no fee.

The total cost of the games was £32,000. However, estimates put the value of the free facilities and services provided at a further £15,000, for a total budget of £47,000.

However, even this was not enough to quite match the facilities offered at the Isle of Man Games two years earlier. It had also been able to host all of the competitors at its own expense; for the second Games, Guernsey made it clear that attendance would require the competitors – or their home nations – to pay for their board and lodging themselves.

The Games

The event was opened by Queen Elizabeth II at Footes Lane at 2.30pm on 10 September. After just over two weeks of friendly competition, it closed on 17 September in a ceremony at Beau Sejour. Guernsey handed responsibility for hosting the next Games, which would take place in 1989, to Torshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands.

Guernsey hosted the Island Games for a second time in 2003 and was selected to host for a third time in 2021. The Games are held every two years and are overseen by the International Island Games Association. The Association is based in Douglas in the Isle of Man.


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Other events that occured in September

Channel Television took to the air 1st
A Guernseyman cycled to Herm 2nd
Brecqhou was put up for sale 3rd
Renoir arrived on Guernsey to paint 4th
Ship sinks in St Sampson harbour 5th
The melon king died… long live the melon king 6th
Coronavirus returns to Guernsey 7th
HD Ferries makes its last crossing
6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment fought at the Somme 8th
Guernsey number plate sold for £240,000 9th
Guernsey hosted the second Island Games 10th
Major Guernsey employer Tektronix went public 11th
Guernsey was struck by a hurricane 12th
Schoolboys and teacher went missing off Sark 13th
Guernsey holidaymakers head home itching 14th
The title Baron de Saumarez was created 15th
Missing girl, Jetta, was found on Guernsey 16th
Archaeologists found a porpoise grave 17th
An Islander aircraft crashed in Guernsey 18th
Guernsey commando Hubert Nicolle died 19th
Guernsey and Jersey considered merging 20th
Occupation resister Winifred Green was deported 21st
The Devil’s Rock had its opening night 22nd
The Duke of Connaught visited Guernsey 23rd
Former bailiff Daniel de Lisle Brock died 24th
Occupation president Ambrose Sherwill died 25th
Trudy, Guernsey’s biggest ever import, was installed 26th
“Let em starve,” said Churchill 27th
A Guernsey planning dispute headed to Europe 28th
Herm tenant Major Peter Wood died 29th
Spotlight was broadcast for the first time 30th