The town of Sandwich is set to benefit from a £100,000 windfall from The Open Legacy Fund, an initiative run by The R&A to leave a positive and long-lasting impact on the local environment and communities in which The Open is staged.
The R&A has agreed to provide £75,000 in funding towards the redevelopment of the Guildhall Market Square, alongside additional investment from Dover District Council, Sandwich Town Council, Prince’s Golf Club and Discovery Park.
The redevelopment project will transform the town’s market square for residents and visitors and will include resurfacing of the current square along with the installation of new features such as improved seating, lighting and a water fountain. The project has been developed in collaboration with the county, district and town councils, and the local community.
A Green Initiatives Grant Programme will also be launched by The R&A, Dover District Council and Sandwich Town Council to enable community groups and organisations in Sandwich to apply for funding to support initiatives that provide social, environmental and health and well-being benefits for the town and its residents.
“We are making this legacy investment because we believe that it is important for the towns and communities in which The Open is played to receive a positive and lasting benefit from the staging of the Championship” JOhnnie cole-hamilton, Executive director - championships at the R&A