Limestone United is based in the Limestone Road area of North Belfast, an interface between Newington and Tigers Bay. Brian Caskey ex-police officer in the area for 25 years, was used to dealing with violence and its aftermath.
He decided to do something to help put an end to clashes and communal tensions. Teaming up with several other volunteers, as well as Holy Family Youth Centre, Mountcollyer Youth Centre, and Star Neighbourhood Centre, Brian and the team founded cross-community football club Limestone United.
The group played a key part in the Children’s Football Alliance’s FOOTBALL MAKE OUR SHARED HISTORY, project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Limestone United successfully completed the FMOSH project and twinned their designated area of play with Flanders Peace Field’s Peace Pitch.
Subsequently, Limestone United visited Str. Lunga nr. 96, Cisnade, Jud. Sibiu 555300, Romania, to discuss producing the First Ever Peace Pitch in Romania. A team of key Limestone United supporters championed the International Peace Field Project in Romania. They advocated the importance of play and how it brings all communities together.
Limestone United has been a great success, transforming the lives of young people in the area through involvement in their senior team, boys’ youth team, and girls’ team.
Brian said, ‘Taking the Peace Field Project to Romania illustrates how our young people have the confidence to extend thier experience of their Peace Pitch and advocate peace through play.’