Football firm to give recession the red card

A WESTON five-a-side football business has said the future is bright for the game despite some national centres turning their back on it.

Football Business, which helps set up five and six-a-side leagues locally, believes anyone can make it work on a local level with some hard graft.

Goals, a chain with nearly 40 centres across the UK, recently announced it would not be building new centres for the next 12 months.

But Football Business’ Nathan Jones said it was a rare success story.

He said: “Business is booming for us. The firms we work with are all forecasting bigger profits than ever in 2012 and that is because local leagues work better.

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“The firms we partner with hire out schools and leisure centres. It means they only pay for the facility when they are using it, rather than having the massive overheads that these other firms accrue.

“We can really be part of the community in the way they can’t, because five-a-side, in the way we enable people to run it, is accessible to all, not just those who can get to the big centres. The future of football is at a local level.”

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