Wightlink in the Community: Sponsorship

Every year, we sponsor a number of sporting teams and organisations with discounted travel.
Our primary objective for sponsorship is to enhance the quality of life on the Isle of Wight, particularly for young people (under the age of 18), and / or the environment, by providing travel benefits.

Consideration will be given to youth sporting teams or organisations that support youth development on the Isle of Wight – to encourage participation, help them excel and, where applicable, travel to the mainland to compete or perform at events.

2024 applications are now closed

Wightlink’s current community sponsorship scheme covers the period 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

Our window for applications for community sponsorship in 2025 will open again on Tuesday, 1 October 2024.

Save the date and come back again for more details and how to apply.

Who we support: individual athletes and performers

We’re proud of the men and women from the Isle of Wight dedicated to being the best in their sporting genre and continue to support the Isle of Wight Council’s Talented Athlete Scheme.

Requests for individual athlete sponsorship must be made directly to the council’s sports unit – unfortunately, we don’t accept applications from individuals directly as all our support runs through the Scheme. For more information, visit the Council’s Talented Athlete Scheme page.

Alec Broome, Sports Development Officer at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “The sponsorship Wightlink offers enables these sports persons the opportunity to train and compete at a level not accessible on the Island.

“Regular competition and top level coaching is vital for any athlete to reach their full potential. Without the support of Wightlink many of these athletes would not have the opportunity to test their skills and see how far they can progress.”

Who we support: sporting teams

The Isle of Wight’s sporting calendar is packed throughout the year with a large number of talented teams playing recreationally and competitively. Wightlink recognises the importance of this to Island life and is pleased to sponsor a wide range of activities.

Who we support: arts, charities and miscellaneous groups

The Isle of Wight has a vibrant visual and performing arts and music scene which is continuing to grow and develop. Wightlink is pleased to sponsor these arts and theatre companies. We also support a range of Isle of Wight and mainland charities with ferry crossings.

Who we support: environment

Wightlink also supports several groups which are working to preserve and enhance the environment.

Solent Synchro Ice Skaters on the ice rink posing with a Wightlink In The Community selfie board.

Wightlink in the Community Social Media

Our Wightlink in the Community social media is where we share news about the wide range of charities, good causes, sporting teams, individuals and arts groups that we support.

Hear the latest updates by following the links below.