Crewe United is synonymous with football in Northern Ireland and the club name is now widely recognised both at home and abroad. The club based near Lisburn in Co Antrim has risen from humble beginnings and is now considered one of Ireland’s most progressive football clubs. Throughout the troubled history of Northern Ireland, Crewe has been a leading light in showing that sport can bring a commonality and shared interest that no other medium, and very few other clubs, could provide.

Over the past 30 years the club has worked hard to encourage more local people to take up sports, but due to limited facilities began to find itself unable to meet the growing demand. In 2011 the club was gifted a piece of land adjacent to the main facility with the remit to build a second multi-use sports pitch to be dedicated specifically to use by schools, youth clubs and sports clubs. With funding from Biffa Award, the club constructed a new sports pitch that has enhanced sporting activity and resulted in weekly user numbers topping 950, and an additional 20 groups now using the club.

During the Biffa Awards ceremony in 2013 the club was named winner of the Recreation category, and then went on to collect the Overall Winners trophy.

Project Details

Organisation:Crewe United Football and Social Club
Project:Crewe United Sports Zone
Location:Northern Ireland
Funding: £49,709