The International Island Games was first conceived in 1985 when the Isle of Man set in motion an exciting and ambitious plan to bring together athletes from islands across the world to take part in a new sporting festival. This was deemed a great success so it became a biennial event with the second games being held in Guernsey. Over the coming years more and more Islands became involved and as it currently stands there are twenty four represented at the games. The spread is truly international and includes such locations as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Gibraltar and the most recent addition being Gozo. A number of world renowned sportsmen and women began their careers as Games competitors including Mark Cavendish (Cycling – IoM) and Kelly Sotherton (Heptathlon and 400m – IoW).
Along with the provision of a focal point for aspiring athletes and sports people to enable competition to take place in an arena wider than just the island they live on there is also the life experience aspect. The Games provides a platform to enable both competitors and supporters to explore new places and cultures, share unforgettable experiences and form lasting friendships.
The next International Island Games will be in Orkney in 2025 from Saturday 12th to Friday 18th July. Orkney is situated at the north-east of Scotland. There will be 6 sports locations hosting 13 sports over six days of competition: archery, athletics, badminton, outdoor bowls, cycling, football, golf, gymnastics, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming and triathlon. Details of location, contacts and intended events for each sport is introduced on the Orkney website and brochure.