To create a ‘community hub’ and a safe, neutral environment for local people of all ages, from all walks of life and all backgrounds to participate in community activity.
Seagoe Football is a not for profit, constituted group formed in 1979. They are registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and are based on the outskirts of Portadown in County Armagh. The club is open to all and looks to develop strong links into the wider local community as much as possible.
As a football club their main aim is the promotion of participation in association football and to other associated healthy recreational activities. The group has wider ambitions to support the community through additional activities and service provisions - especially due to the limited facilities in the Seagoe area. All programmes are delivered on a cross-community basis as they draw members and participants from all communities as well as religious and political backgrounds. The club sees this as relevant given that there are various divided communities within the catchment area of the club.
It has longstanding ambitions to create a ‘community hub’ and a safe, neutral environment for local people of all ages, from all walks of life and all backgrounds to participate in community activity. They also want to increase the level of partnership with local residents, schools and other voluntary organisations. .
The project will involve the replacement of prefabricated portacabin structures with a multi-purpose community building. The premises will accommodate programmes and activities, as well as cater for the needs of a range of other groups/organisations within the vicinity who are struggling to find appropriate facilities.
The key construction elements involved in the Community Hub include the following: construction of a single storey building; disability access ramp; multi-purpose community room which will accommodate a broad range of activities; kitchen area; and additional storage space.
The group believes the project is one that should help to address the disadvantage faced by the community on the outskirts of Portadown and that it will deliver a community hub that should assist with creating greater community connections, helping to address social isolation and improve the cohesion of people living in the area.