New Community hub follows investment from council

PAKENHAM Community Limited has officially opened their community hub at Crumlin United FC on the Mill Road in Crumlin.

Following investment of over £50,000 to refurbish the upstairs of the Club House, the facility has been transformed into an accessible community space and is already being used by a wide range of community groups, such as Crumlin Pensioners, Weight Watchers, Crumlin Stitching and Cooking Group to name but a few.

The facility benefited from a grant of £37,500 through the Basic Services scheme of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded through the European Union and Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs and administered locally by GROW South Antrim.

Financial support was also received from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and through fundraising.

Tom McPeake, Crumlin Utd FC chairman, said: “We are delighted to open the community hub at the club.

“There has been a lot of work put into the community hub concept and to see it open is a major step forward in terms of our overall vision – to be a community club.

“I would like to thank GROW and Antrim and Newtownabbey Council for the support provided. Their support has made this project a reality and is already making a difference in terms of community engagement and cohesion.”

Bob Adams, Vice Chair of GROW said: “This project is an excellent example of a community identifying a need for improved community space, and working together to make this happen.

“We are delighted to have supported the project and to see how well the facility is already being used.”

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth, attended the launch event and said: “I congratulate Pakenham Community Limited on their vision to create an accessible community facility and for the determination and hard work shown to make this a reality.”

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