The Skipton Cup tournament between Guernsey FC and FC Isle of Man has been postponed until 2022 due to the ongoing border restrictions announced by both islands’ governments.
Whilst the appetite to play the tournament is still there for both island teams, the latest developments to restrict travel to those who have been double vaccinated only has seen the demise of the 2021 plans. The majority of each island’s players will not have had their double vaccinations in time.
Nic Legg, Communications Director at Guernsey FC said: “Plans were already well underway, with tickets sold and planes chartered. We had high hopes for two keenly-fought matches, and couldn’t wait to travel to the Isle of Man for the first match on 17th July, but sadly it’s not to be.
“The safety of our players and fans is paramount to us, and we have no option but to follow the official guidelines. We will be in touch with those who have already booked tickets shortly.”
Jim Coupe, Managing Director of Skipton International, who sponsor the tournament, said: “We are extremely disappointed that the 2021 Skipton Cup tournament has had to be postponed, but we were always aware that the pandemic might have an impact.
“We are very proud sponsors of the Skipton Cup, and look forward to coming back bigger and better in 2022.”