If you want to experience the excitement of the opening ceremony on June 24th, now is your chance to get a hold of a ticket. We are releasing the first batch of tickets now, so if you want to make sure to have a seat at the opening ceremony follow the link and buy a ticket.
The opening ceremony will be at Strandgärdet in Visby and will commence at 19.00. The two hour long show will feature the parade of the islands, entertainment, and, of course, the water ceremony, among other things. You don’t want to miss this.
Get your ticket HERE! (English version)
Köp biljett här! (Svensk version)
Here is all the matches with times and venues for the football tournament:
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Menorca – Orkney Stenkyrka
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Alderney – Jersey Väskinde
Monday 26th June 17:00 Jersey – Menorca Visborgsvallen
Monday 26th June 13:00 Orkney – Alderney Hemse
Tuesday 27th June 17:00 Menorca – Alderney Fårösund
Tuesday 27th June 17:00 Orkney – Jersey Väskinde
Sunday 25th June 20:45 Gotland – Froya Gutavallen
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Greenland – Western Isles Säve
Monday 26th June 17:00 Western Isles – Gotland Dalhem
Monday 26th June 17:00 Froya – Greenland Hemse
Tuesday 27th June 17:00 Gotland – Greenland Visborgsvallen
Tuesday 27th June 17:00 Froya – Western Isles Säve
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Guernsey – Åland Dalhem
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Saremaa – Shetland Isles Hemse
Monday 26th June 17:00 Shetland Isles – Guernsey Stenkyrka
Monday 26th June 17:00 Åland – Saremaa Fardhem
Tuesday 27th June 20:00 Guernsey – Saremaa Dalhem
Tuesday 27th June 20:00 Åland – Shetland Isles Gutavallen
Isle of Man
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Isle of Man – Hitra Fårösund
Sunday 25th June 17:00 Ynys Môn – Falkland Islands Visborgsvallen
Monday 26th June 17:00 Falkland Islands – Isle of Man Säve
Monday 26th June 17:00 Hitra – Ynys Môn Väskinde
Tuesday 27th June 17:00 Isle of Man – Ynys Môn Stenkyrka
Tuesday 27th June 17:00 Hitra – Falkland Islands Fardhem
Thursday 29th June 13:00 Winner Group B – Winner Group A Väskinde
Thursday 29th June 13:00 Winner Group C – Winner Group D Fardhem
Thursday 29th June 20:45 5th/6th Placing Match Gutavallen
Thursday 29th June 17:00 7th/8th Placing Match Fårösund
Thursday 29th June 17:00 9th/10th Placing Match Dalhem
Thursday 29th June 17:00 11h/12th Placing Match Stenkyrka
Thursday 29th June 17:00 13th/14th Placing Match Fardhem
Thursday 29th June 17:00 15th/16th Placing Match Säve
Friday 30th June 12:30 Bronze Medal Match Väskinde
Friday 30th June 13:00 Gold Medal Match Gutavallen
Sunday 25th June 13:00 Greenland – Gotland Visborgsvallen
Sunday 25th June 13:00 Hitra – Menorca Dalhem
Monday 26th June 20:45 Gotland – Hitra Gutavallen
Monday 26th June 13:00 Menorca – Greenland Dalhem
Wednesday 28th June 17:00 Gotland – Menorca Väskinde
Wednesday 28th June 17:00 Hitra – Greenland Stenkyrka
Isle of Man
Sunday 25th June 13:00 Åland – Western Isles Stenkyrka
Sunday 25th June 13:00 Isle of Man – Ynys Môn Väskinde
Monday 26th June 13:00 Ynys Môn – Åland Visborgsvallen
Monday 26th June 13:00 Western Isles – Isle of Man Fårösund
Wednesday 28th June 17:00 Åland – Isle of Man Dalhem
Wednesday 28th June 17:00 Western Isles – Ynys Môn Säve
Isle of Wight
Sunday 25th June 13:00 Jersey – Isle of Wight Fardhem
Monday 26th June 13:00 Isle of Wight – Gibraltar Väskinde
Wednesday 28th June 17:00 Gibraltar – Jersey Visborgsvallen
Thursday 29th June 13:00 Winner Group A – Best runner-up Visborgsvallen
Thursday 29th June 13:00 Winner Group B – Winner Group C Stenkyrka
Thursday 29th June 17:00 5th/6th Placing Match Visborg
Thursday 29th June 13:00 7th/8th Placing Match Hemse
Thursday 29th June 17:00 9th/10th Placing Match Väskinde
Friday 30th June 10:00 Bronze Medal Match Visborgsvallen
Friday 30th June 10:30 Gold Medal Match Gutavallen
In Visby it’s preferable to go by bike when getting from one place to another. The number of bikes is limited, so it will be on a first come, first served basis. In other words, reserve bikes for your team as soon as possible.
You will be charged on January 31st.
The rates for the week are as follows:
3-speed bicycle including helmet and insurance – 600 SEK
7-speed bicycle including helmet and insurance – 650 SEK
Tandem bicycle including helmets and insurance – 1100 SEK
Phone: +46 498 21 41 33
You make your reservation at email@example.com
RENT A CAR
Phone: +46 498 21 98 10
GET A CAB
Phone: +46 498 50 000
Bermuda, Shetland and Åland says:
– Gotland will arrange a great NatWest Island Games 2017. There is no doubt about that.
After four intense days at next year’s organizers everything appears to be in order.
Just over a year left but busy days for the hosts on Gotland. Easy to relate to for those who ever hosted NatWest Island Games.
Wednesday, June 29 63 visitors from the participating islands arrived for the pre-visit. Four packed days later they, went back home after checking out the accommodation, doing workshops, visited some of the venues, had meetings with sports coordinators, had a few more meetings and went on a guided tour in Visby. They have asked questions – got their answers, been to dinner with the governor. But maybe most important, socialized and tied even stronger ties between their islands.
We sat down with three secretaries in their NatWest Island Games Association. Juanita Bee, Bermuda, Susanne Guildford, Åland and Bob Kerr, Shetland.
They all believe in great games 2017.
– Gotland has proven to be very organized. They had the games in 1999 and have participated regularly so they know what it is all about. It’s very satisfying to see how well planned it all seems to be, even the small details, says Bob Kerr.
Do you have any concerns about the games?
– I have full confidence in the Gotland organization, says Juanita Bee and get nodding support from Susanne and Bob. What we have seen here is very impressive.
What expectations do you have?
– Lots of fun, a great atmosphere like the one in 1999. The weather was fantastic and the opening ceremony a big success, says Susanne Guildford.
– I think every game learn from the previous. NatWest Island Games is an excellent opportunity to bring Islanders and sports people together. It is a powerful week socially, that we all learn a lot from. The games are getting better and better every time, says Bob Kerr.
Is social interaction more important than the results at the venues?
– We do not win very many medals… but a few. For us, meeting other people active in different sports around the world is important. And to watch other athletes´ competing is very rewarding, you learn a lot from it, says Juanita Bee.
In the NatWest Island Games the young athletes in Bermuda get a goal to aim for, she says. The opportunities to compete with the flag of Bermuda on the jersey are rare.
For many of the smaller islands, or those who are far away from the mainland, the games may be the only way to get a feel of the international arena.
– In these games we get a chance to compete on equal terms, which is important, says Bob Kerr.
What is important not to go wrong in the games of 2017?
– I’m not concerned that Gotland will not be able to arrange the games successfully. They´ve got it all here, hotels, infrastructure, no need to build venues, says Susanne Guildford.
What are you most looking forward to?
– That the athletes have fun, says Susanne. If they bring any medals home, that´s great, but having a good time on Gotland, meeting people and having great experiences is the most important.
How much attention do NatWest Island Games get back home?
– In Scotland it is the biggest sporting event for us who live on the islands of Orkney, The Western Islands and Shetland. Yes, there are athletes who represent Scotland, but for the majority of our athletes NatWest Island Games is their main event, says Bob Kerr.
Juanita Bee, Bermuda:
– We entered in 2003 and the commitment has grown over the years. We got a big boost when we hosted the games in 2013, then the islanders saw what the games really represent. Once people understood how big this is the public, athletes, sponsors and the business world, got very much more interested. Now they love the games.
– We are like Shetland pretty much, this is the only time we can compete under our own flag. It’s great, especially for the young athletes, says Susanne.
Bermuda will not bring any journalists to Gotland, “too expensive,” says Juanita Bee. Åland will have two papers and a radio station on site, from Shetland, two print journalists and one photographer.
The NatWest Island Games bring people closer, no doubt about that. There are more than one example of athletes who met – and became husband and wife.
Common values create a good ground for meetings – no matter if you have to go to Bermuda, Shetland, Åland. Or Gotland.