Govt Presents $75,000 To St George’s Club

July 27, 2021 | 21 Comments

The Government recently presented a $75,000 cheque to St George’s Cricket Club to support the 2021 Cup Match Classic, saying they want to assist to “ensure the event is a success.”


Speaking at today’s press conference, Acting Premier Walter Roban said, “Last week, the Government of Bermuda presented a cheque to St George’s Cricket Club to support hosting Cup Match 2021 with a $75,000 grant to ensure the event is a success. We recognise that it is a significant financial undertaking for the sports clubs to host the annual event.


“On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, we extend our congratulations to Neil Paynter, president of St George’s Cricket Club and the club officers for their hard work in preparing the grounds in anticipation of the 2021 Classic. I also extend heartfelt good luck to both cricket teams, and I wish all of Bermuda a safe and happy holiday weekend.”


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  1. Ringmaster says:

    What a surprise. Not. More vote buying. Government uses taxpayers as a bottomless pit to support private clubs, yet can’t get sufficient garbage trucks out to provide a public service, which is why taxes are paid. Suggest any land tax is paid late, with a 15% deduction to the taxpayer. Same net to Government, just a different pocket.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a joke, these clubs bring in thousands, don’t declare their earnings

    There is no “significant financial undertaking” involved in hosting a cricket match, as they do without spectators 20 other weekends a year.

    The government is out of money and they’re writing a cheque to their mates, who won’t be able to buy a new car this year because their cash cow is being disrupted by COVID.

  3. wahoo says:

    Headline should be the Taxpayers present $75,000 of borrowed money to St. George’s Club. Follow up story should be how future generations will pay for the vote buying.

  4. Henry says:

    I love cricket, adore cricket. But 75 grand! When there are 4,000 attendees, all of which are paying attendees (or they should be).

    This feels way too friends and families to me.

    I have zero interest in sailing, find it dull but didn’t they cancel the Gold Cup because they couldn’t get a sponsor. Honestly what brings in dollars to Bermuda?

    Good taste, bad governance to me.

  5. Question says:

    A publicly-funded superspreader event.

  6. Ringmaster says:

    In other news, Bermudians will not have to pay any entrance fee as it was part of the $75,000 tax payer/borrowed debt given by the PLP, paid for by the taxpayer. Do not pay twice.

  7. Sandgrownan says:

    Shameless vote buying by the PLP. Supporting a failing business.

    Is anyone really surprised?

  8. Mixitup says:

    A measles $75,000 to a Community Cricket Club beats $300 million flushed down the toilet for a private enterprises pipe dream… Some people in this country are getting far too comfy with behind their keyboards.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Has the Caroline Bay fiasco now morphed from 165mil to 300 or are you referencing something else ?

    • Question says:

      Are you talking about the $100m wasted on Grand Atlantic?

    • iyiyi says:

      $75,000 would have been much better spent on partial payment for a new trash truck or a new bus considering it is our ( taxpayers ) money !!

  9. Truthhertz says:

    No the government did not give that money to the club. The already stretched taxpayer did. The PLP sure do know hot to give away other people’s money.

  10. Voter registration says:

    Not to worry, the non mariners will get theirs next month.

  11. David says:

    C’mon Bernews, I know you can do better with writing more accurate headlines:

    “On behalf of taxpayers and future generations of Bermudians, Govt Presents $75,000 To St George’s Club”

  12. I concur says:

    Correct, a waste of money

  13. Triangle Drifter says:

    Each attendee subsidized to the amount of near enough $10 paid for by the taxpayers.

    This Government is shameless.

  14. Cromwell says:

    it’s important to finally.cialy support sports and cup match is our sport event. It would be better if local sponsors came up with the money but government assistance for a clubs positive and hard work is a positive influence in grass root community. Thanks Minister Peets.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Such a donation can also be viewed as resuming the commitment our former premier (circa 2008) to donate millions to cricket in Bermuda, a commitment the PLP Government did not meet

    • iyiyi says:

      Sorry but we don’t have enough money to support our essential services!
      I would think that far outweighs any sporting event .

  15. Phillip says:

    This shows our governments prioritys. No trash trucks but st Georges get $75,000

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