CREWE United FC is set to construct a grass pitch at their grounds in Glenavy thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Whitemountain Programme.
The funding will be used to build a second grass pitch to support the growing needs of new teams formed at the club, especially the ladies and junior teams.
Peter Moorhead, Development Officer at Crewe United FC, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Whitemountain Programme. The funding will provide a new grass pitch dedicated to our ladies team, our ever-expanding youth teams and our newly formed over 35’s male team.
“As a club, our goal is not just focused on success on the pitch, but to act as a catalyst for improving physical and mental health in the area.”
Niamh-Anne McNally, Whitemountain’s Communication Officer, said: “Whitemountain is delighted to support local community and biodiversity projects through the Whitemountain Programme.
“In the summer, the programme celebrated £6 million investment in local community and biodiversity projects and this autumn we have achieved another milestone with 200 projects being supported since the programme was launched in 2008.
“We are delighted to support Crewe United with funding for their new facilities. The new pitch will be an investment for future generations of football players in the area.”
The Whitemountain Programme distributes the Landfill Communities Fund to projects dedicated to bringing positive change to communities within a 15-mile radius of the landfill site at Mullaghglass on the outskirts of Lisburn. The Programme is managed by Groundwork Northern Ireland.
Angelica Florez who oversees the Programme for Groundwork Northern Ireland added: “The new grass pitch at Crewe United will support the growing demand in the community for sports facilities, especially for ladies and junior teams. We are delighted that the Whitemountain Programme helps to change lives, places and prospects”.
For full details of the Whitemountain Programme, please visit Groundwork Northern Ireland’s website at www.groundwork.org.uk/whitemountain