Goals Soccer full-year outlook hit by big freeze

GOALS Soccer Centres warned yesterday that its full-year pre-tax profit would be £700,000 lower than its earlier expectations, hurt by heavy snowfall across the UK.

The operator of five-a-side soccer centres also said its Liverpool South centre opening had been delayed until early January.

The company, however, added that each of its centres under construction at Sunderland, Norwich, and Hull was due to open on schedule.

“Our site pipeline remains strong and we are confident that we will deliver on our strategy to continue Goals’ expansion in 2011 and beyond,” chief executive Keith Rogers said.

Goals said the cold snap had been “extraordinary” and that fixtures had been wiped out for days on end as the freezing conditions persisted.

It also pointed out that demand is traditionally lower in November at five-a-side venues.