Pearse Park Crumlin – a pitch for the whole community, Ireland

The Crumlin United Football Club is affiliated to the Dublin & District Schoolboys League (the biggest schoolboy league in Europe) and to the Leinster Senior League. It caters for 17 schoolboy/girls teams and 4 senior teams. Matches are played every Saturday & Sunday at Pearse Park Crumlin and training takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
In 2004 the construction of the new State of the Art All Weather Pitch was completed at a cost of €500,000. The club very much welcomes the involvement of all groups, clubs and schools in the facility and special rates are available for community use. The pitch is available all day from 10am – 10pm.

Synthetic turf in the Republic of Ireland

In January 2012, The Republic of Ireland had a total of 5629 registered football clubs; with an estimated 48 full size synthetic pitches. Overall player participation in male and female footballers has seen a 15% increase since 2004.

When asked about synthetic turf football pitch development in the Republic of Ireland, Aodh Cronin, Facility Development Administrator, Football Association of Ireland said, “The GAA is the governing body for the national games here and are likely to develop pitches in this period. Due to the large size of Gaelic pitches of 14000m2, often two football pitches are developed within the parameters. This could lead to increased number of pitches in this period; it could be a possibility with rugby pitches being built for multi purposes, but not as many.”

By 2020, it is estimated that there will be another 350 mini synthetic football pitches in the Republic of Ireland.