Sport England’s Community Investment Fund has funded the initial start-up of the 1 South West Project and the project officer’s cost following initial feasibility and development work by the project’s Executive Board. For more information visit http://www.sportengland.org/
The 1SW Project’s Executive Board worked with partners to develop a bid for the co-ordinated and sustainable development of off-road cycling in the south west, achieving many targets of ‘Towards 2015’, the Regional Tourism Strategy devised by South West Tourism during its existence.
This bid was approved by the South West Regional Development Agency’s Board in late 2009. The 1 South West project is now part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas.
The funding stream is the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Sustainable Rural Tourism programme funded by the EU and DEFRA. This is as part of a wider project under Sustainable Rural Tourism theme and has gained funding in part due to the project’s truly regional approach to developing a tourism product. EU Commission’s Rural Development website.