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Skipton Cup 2021

Wednesday 26 May in Sport

Excitement is mounting for this year’s Skipton Cup, the brand-new inter-island football trophy between FC Isle of Man and Guernsey FC. The match takes place at the Bowl on Saturday 17th July, with a 6.30pm evening kick off, and promises to be hotly-fought match between the two teams.

Skipton International, the Guernsey licensed bank, recently announced a brand-new sporting partnership with the Ravens and the Green Lions in a three-year deal. The Skipton Cup will be contested annually between the two island teams over two legs – one in each island. This follows the success of Guernsey’s landmark visit to play our brand-new side FC Isle of Man last year in our inaugural match, and the return match that took place in Guernsey in September.

The teams bonded so well last year that discussions were soon underway to facilitate a rematch at the earliest possible opportunity. Both clubs are keen to take advantage of the unique and ever-burgeoning relationship the two islands have formed.

The Skipton Cup Trophy

The Skipton Cup Trophy

Skipton International Managing Director, Jim Coupe, is delighted that the bank has agreed to be the sponsor. He said: “As an award-winning island bank, we appreciate the complexities of sporting life on a small island. The annual Skipton Cup matches will ensure the competitive edge between the two will endure, providing sporting excellence for fans across both Crown Dependencies.

“We already have a number of Isle of Man customers, and look forward to welcoming some of them, together with their friends, to Guernsey over the coming years.”

Skipton recognises the power of competitive sport to unite and bring people together, and in particular chose to endorse this new event for its inclusive nature, being an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.

The inter-island matches launched at a time when both islands desperately needed something positive to lift the spirits and to look forward to, uniting people in celebration. Such was the success of the inaugural match that organisers have chosen to repeat the fixture on an ongoing basis, embracing the opportunity which has arisen out of difficult circumstances to build bridges between two island communities.

Nic Legg, Commercial Director at Guernsey FC, said: “Guernsey Football Club wouldn’t be able to maximise the potential of major events such as the Skipton Cup between FC Isle of Man and ourselves without the generous support of sponsors such as Skipton International. Sponsorships are the lifeblood of community events, and a true partnership between businesses and, as in our case, sports.”

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