Foreword from our Chairman, Phil Austin MBE
I am delighted to present my fifth and final Annual Report as Chair of Jersey Sport. Having served 18 months as the Shadow Board Chair, commencing at the beginning of 2016, and then a further six years leading the organisation itself, I feel it will be the right time to hand over the reins when I step down from the Board around the middle of 2023. Within this final Annual Report, I have reflected on how the organisation has remained true to its Mission – “To inspire, lead and enable positive well-being for all through lifelong engagement in Sport and Physical Activity.”
I am pleased to say that the Jersey Sport Team has transitioned well out of two years of COVID-19 disruption and has guided the Island’s sporting bodies back to a ‘new normal’, accepting that we, and the sporting sector, still face considerable challenges, heightened by skill shortages and record levels of inflation.
One of those challenges, as we move through 2023, is to ensure that Jersey Sport remains financially sound and able to operate within its means. With no identified growth or inflationary increases to our core grant from the Government of Jersey (GOJ), we are having to review our remit, priorities, and outcomes, as well as explore opportunities to increase our revenue streams and identify areas where efficiencies can be made.
Despite these challenges, the Jersey Sport Team has continued to advocate for sport and physical activity and in 2022 our continued focus has been delivering a wide range of programmes to support islanders to play sport, and to be regularly active; in turn, improving health and quality of life. The Board is immensely proud of the team’s achievements and greatly appreciates their tremendous work in 2022 and over my term of office.
2022 has been a busy year for the team and you will see in this new look Annual Report the breadth of work and programme delivery undertaken in pursuit of our Mission. There have been many highlights in 2022 and I would highlight our SupportIn Sport initiative focused on helping sports organisations to reach Safe and Sustainable Standards for Sport. Our continued work in schools regularly helps young people to enjoy taking part in sport and in some cases is the only chance some pupils get to try sport. Move More Jersey continues to provide a wide range of opportunities to be active for islanders who are least active and face life limiting factors that means they need additional support to get moving.
In closing, I would like to say what a privilege it has been to lead Jersey Sport from a seed idea in 2016 to the established organisation it is today. I thank the staff and Board members of Jersey Sport past and present who have contributed to its development and success.
Key to our success and growth is the support of all our funders, including the Government of Jersey, who have provided constant and considerable support throughout my tenure. The achievements are a testament to the incredible work of our team, even in the face of a pandemic and funding challenges – they have all delivered, and I know Jersey Sport will continue to inspire islanders to play sport and be active for many years to come.
Phil Austin MBE
Chairman, Jersey Sport