'England's Golfing Capital'
European funding for the scheme's start up costs, for four years, will be met by £360,000 from the European Objective One programme. Sefton and Wirral Council's with the North West Development Agency are contributing £341,000 and the rest will be made up by the private sector.
Tourism Minister, Kim Howells said: "This is a good example of an area that understands the economic benefits of investing in tourism. By building on its strengths to attract a niche market, Merseyside should enjoy the extra jobs and investment that boosting tourism brings. I wish them well"
The festival, which will alternate its main event each year between Sefton and Wirral, is scheduled to start September 2003. The whole of Merseyside is set to benefit from the unique festival, which along with the English Seniors will incorporate a youth development scheme, a variety of amateur and pro-am competitions at other prestige courses and include an ambitious blend of golf based attractions.
Organisers are in the process of appointing an event co-ordination company and are actively seeking a major sponsor partner with the vision to take advantage of one of the fastest growing sectors in the golf market.
Merseyside has a vast array of golf courses in a wide variety of settings including six links courses ranked in the top one hundred in the British Isles.
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