Greencastle Rovers FC

Offering young males positive diversionary activities

Greencastle Rovers FC is a community football club based in the Newtownabbey / North Belfast area. The club believes that providing a local football team, aimed at young people aged 16 and over, ensures a focus for a group that is particularly vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and substance misuse.

Thanks to the great work that they do in offering young males positive diversionary activities and its partnership with local organisations, including the local residents’ association and the Borough Council, Greencastle Rovers FC has built a strong local reputation and is a great source of pride for the community.


Whilst Greencastle Rovers FC has been operating for over 12 years with great success, the club had never had any structured business plans or financial procedures in place. Recognising that this was critical to securing funding and its long-term future, the club looked to Sported for support with its sustainability.

The help came in the shape of Sported volunteer mentor and local resident, Jenni Robinson, who soon set to work with Greencastle Rovers’ Club Development Officer, Martin McCourt, on formalising the club’s financial processes and creating a three-year business plan.

The first step was to look at financial safeguarding and the adoption of best practice, particularly around financial forecasting and recording income and expenditure. Martin and Jenni then began work on developing the business plan. With the club’s purpose clearly defined, social outcomes identified and objectives set, the new business plan has given Greencastle Rovers’ Committee a new impetus and renewed sense of direction.

The new business plan is already bearing fruits, with plans currently underway to expand the club’s capacity by introducing a new Under 16s team, giving even more young people in the local area the opportunity to benefit from the club’s guidance and support.

Jenni Robinson Sported volunteer

    “As well as being great guys to work with personally, it was really rewarding to see them taking on board all my advice – the extent to which they ran with it was really amazing. The benefits you could see by the end of the mentoring process were really tangible.”

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