Northern Ireland

NI firm lands Brazil World Cup pitches contract

Arlene Foster with Clive Richardson
Image caption Arlene Foster with Clive Richardson of CRL Ltd

A County Armagh company has won a contract for more than £1m to work on six of the football pitches to be used during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The announcement about Clive Richardson Ltd (CRL) of Craigavon's success, was made by the enterprise minister as she arrived in Brazil for a trade mission.

Arlene Foster is there to support NI firms who are exhibiting at the largest healthcare exhibition in Latin America.

CRL recently took part in an Invest NI trade mission to Brazil.

The contract it has been awarded will involve preparing pitches at the Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Fortaleza in Fortaleza, Fonte Nova in Salvador, Belo Horizonte, International, Porto Alegre and Corinthians, Sao Paulo.

"This very substantial announcement today follows CRL's success in preparing pitches for other global competitions including those used during recent EUFA European Championships," Ms Foster said.

"As a result of these successes, CRL is now firmly established as a world leader in the construction, preparation and maintenance of sports grounds.

"By enhancing their reputation through a commitment to innovation, the company has pioneered the development of unique technology that enables them to offer high profile clients expertise in the management of grass in extreme climates such as the Ukraine and now Brazil."

As well as attending the Hospitalar healthcare exhibition, Ms Foster will visit Recife and Sao Paulo to promote trade, investment, tourism, university links and research partnerships.