Improvement work at Crumlin Utd FC is completed

L-R - Paddy Kelly (First team manager), Gary Flaherty (Lagan Group), Geoff Longstaff (Crumlin Committee Member), Tom McPeake (Chairman Crumlin Utd FC).

L-R - Paddy Kelly (First team manager), Gary Flaherty (Lagan Group), Geoff Longstaff (Crumlin Committee Member), Tom McPeake (Chairman Crumlin Utd FC).

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This week saw the completion of works to upgrade the facilities of Crumlin Utd FC at their Mill Road Ground.

Over the summer the club has been busy installing new drainage and seeding the pitch ready for the start of the new season.

In addition, a walk way has been constructed around the pitch which will allow local residents access to a walking trail.

Finally a training room has been constructed in the club house for football and community use.

Funding for the works has been made possible with a grant of £50,000 through the Alpha funding Programme which recycles tax credits from the Mullaghglass Landfill Site in South Antrim. The funding is managed and administered by Groundwork NI.

Tom McPeake, Chairman of Crumlin Utd FC said, “We are extremely thankful to the Alpha Programme for providing the funding for this project. Without their help this project would not have been feasible.

“Crumlin Utd FC prides itself in being a community club and the new walk way, pitch and training room will be used by a wide range of groups in the village.”

Mel Waddell representing the Alpha Steering Group said, “The Alpha Programme is pleased to have provided financial support to this project. The project has helped to enhance the surface of the playing pitch with secondary drainage enabling increased usage within the wider community, the development of a new walking track around the perimeter of the pitch and new facilities for the training and education room.

“The club is to be congratulated on their efforts in achieving such a successful project and we hope that the local and wider community will benefit from the use of the new and upgraded facilities, opportunities and services offered by the Club.”

Established in 2008 by Alpha Resource Management Ltd, The Alpha Programme is managed by Groundwork NI and has already provided just nearly £3,000,000 in funding to over 90 biodiversity and community based projects.

Information on the Programme, including an application form and guidance notes, can be downloaded from www.groundworkni.org.uk or contact Mel Waddell on 9074 9494 or email melvynwaddell@groundworkni.co.uk.