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148th ‘£100K Open Legacy Fund’ For Portrush Community

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Details which have been revealed of an ‘open legacy fund’ package aimed specifically at the disruption and inconvenience caused to the Portrush community has been welcomed by MLA Maurice Bradley.

The Open Legacy Fund forms part of the R&A’s drive to provide lasting benefits to Portrush where the championship will be staged later this year. A record 190,000 people are set to attend The Open this year, generating significant economic benefits for the region, and attracting worldwide coverage.

The report that will be presented to councillors tomorrow night reads ‘The 148th Open legacy fund is £100k, and is focused on supporting initiatives to benefit the community. Whilst the fund is ‘owned’ by the R&A, it will be administered by the Council. At present Council’s funding unit is in consultation with The R&A and TNI is developing a programme and process to distribute the legacy fund.

Based upon the impact of the event, specifically the disruption and inconvenience caused to the communities within the immediate vicinity of the event, the R&A has deemed that the geographical parameters for spend are limited to the town of Portrush.’

Bradley said: The impact of the event, specifically, the disruption and inconvenience caused to the communities within the immediate vicinity could bring a windfall to residents living in the town of Portrush.

“It also proposes to promote sport, health and wellbeing, to which the Council recently received a conditional offer of £35k from the Department for Communities towards a schools’ golf programme aimed at introducing children to golf in areas of high social need.

”All in all, it is a tremendous boost for Portrush, and is aimed at helping residents manage the change and challenges during the event,” concluded Bradley

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 Causeway Coast & Glens 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.”

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