Local Projects Benefit from Proceeds of The 146th Open
Local community projects and initiatives in Sefton are set to benefit from legacy funding following the successful staging of The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
Record crowds flocked to the famous Southport links last year to watch Jordan Spieth claim the Claret Jug in a dramatic final day duel with Matt Kuchar.
The R&A has agreed to provide a six-figure sum from the proceeds of the Championship to Sefton Council to support three major projects.
These legacy projects include improving green tourism and connectivity on Southport Pier with new RSPB telescopes on the oldest cast iron constructed pier in the country. Terrestrial and underwater webcams and television screens will be available to view other marine life.
Another project set to benefit is the Aspiring Instructors training pathway scheme providing customised training opportunities in the leisure and sports sector for residents not in work. The scheme is run in partnership with Sefton@Work and the Council's Leisure team, creating training and potential job opportunities within the sector. It is hoped the new programme funded by The R&A would help 25 new starters on the scheme.
The remaining sum will go towards improvements on Birkdale Common which was integral to hosting The 146th Open. Money will go towards a new noticeboard, an accessible boardwalk ramp, new signage and boundary improvements.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director - Championships at The R&A, said: "We are committed to ensuring that the communities in which The Open is staged benefit from the success of the Championship. We are pleased to be supporting Sefton Council’s plans to invest in initiatives which benefit the surrounding environment and people living in the local community. We look forward to hearing about the positive progress of each initiative.”
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills at Sefton Council, added: "While the superb Championship may seem like a distant memory, this money kindly donated by The R&A will go a long way to preserving the legacy of one of the world’s greatest sporting events. The funding clearly aligns with our 2030 Vision and our objectives of building resilient communities across the borough.”