The Guernsey Football Association’s (GFA) programme of community activity has received a boost with sponsorship from Deloitte.

The business services firm has supported the GFA for over 11 years and, as well as becoming the GFA’s community partner, Deloitte will also continue its sponsorship of the Deloitte Corbet Cup.

‘The GFA relies on support from sponsors and having this kind of long-term support helps us to plan and deliver the best possible services,’ says Gary Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the GFA.

‘Deloitte has been a superb partner of the GFA and we are looking forward to another season of working with clubs and schools to encourage more people to stay active and enjoy the sport.’

The community programme includes delivery of PE activity in primary and secondary schools as well as teaching and mentoring young adults on the BTEC Sports Studies course at Guernsey College of Further Education.

The coaches also run after-school clubs for year three and four schoolchildren and special, girls-only clubs for years one and two. Girls’ football festivals are also to be included in this year’s programme.

Deloitte’s support also helps the GFA to improve coaching standards, which reaches every level of the sport in Guernsey. This includes coach education, in-service events for clubs and coach mentoring.

David Becker from Deloitte comments: ‘The Deloitte Corbet Cup is a much-loved tournament and a big deal for year six and seven boys. It’s rewarding to see the impact it has on young people, helping to develop teamwork, dedication and self-confidence, all qualities that will be valuable as they transition to secondary school.

‘Children who participated back in 2005 when our involvement started will now be either at university or working in our community, and many say earning their place in a team for the Deloitte Corbet Cup stands out for them as a milestone. For some players it’s the first big goal they worked hard to achieve, and it’s something they remember for many years to come.

‘We wanted to continue that support and increase the impact of our involvement. Our new community partnership with the GFA means Deloitte’s sponsorship will have a broad impact on the community.’

Find out more about Deloitte in Guernsey.