Ynys Môn has been confirmed as the preferred host for the 2025 Island Games.
The International Island Games Association has announced Anglesey is the nominal choice to host the bi-annual tournament in six years time, when it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Informal talks were held in Gibraltar on Wednesday between Ynys Môn’s bid committee and the Games’ executive committee.
But the bid’s chairman, Gareth Parry, said despite the ‘significant boost’ from the announcement, the island had not yet secured the right to host the 2025 Games officially.
Inspectors from the IIGA are due to visit Anglesey in the autumn to inspect facilities and accommodation. A final decision’s expected next July when the association holds its AGM in Guernsey – hosts of the 2021 Island Games.
Mr Parry said: ”This morning was a chance for us to have extended discussions with the executive committee about the next steps in our bid.”
”Preferred hosts doesn’t necessarily mean that we are committed yet as the hosts for 2025, but we have 12 months now to show the Island Games executive and the extended family that we are capable of hosting these games.”
”The next step for us now will be an official inspection of accommodation and our sporting facilities this Autumn, and if we get through that stage then we’ll be producing our final bid document in March of next year, prior to presenting our bid to the islands in Guernsey next summer.”
LISTEN: Ynys Môn 2025 bid chairman Gareth Parry talking to Jamie Thomas in Gibraltar
In May, Anglesey councillors agreed financial backing to underwrite the costs of staging the Games, if they’re held on the island – although the bid committee must achieve income targets as part of its buisness plan.
Mr Parry was also part of the team of organisers for last month’s highly successful Inter Island Games football tournament. More than 14,000 people attended thirty games across Anglesey – with the hosts clinching gold in the men’s championship and silver in the women’s tournament.
He added: ”I genuinely think that having had a successful football tournament recently has aided us in securing status as preferred hosts for 2025, but having said that and following this morning’s discussions we still have a lot of work to do on the island to get us over the line.”
”We’ll need everyone on the island to get involved and support us over the next 12 months gain to make sure we get this over the line.”
Team Ynys Môn has won two medals in the athletics at this year’s Games in Gibraltar – with bronze for Ffion Roberts in the women’s 400m and Patrick Harris in the men’s shot put. The tournament continues until Friday evening.