Powerleague expands in Netherlands with 50th centre

Powerleague has kicked off its 50th five-a-side centre. Picture: Contributed
Powerleague has kicked off its 50th five-a-side centre. Picture: Contributed
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Paisley-based five-a-side football operator Powerleague is eyeing further expansion in Europe after launching its 50th centre.

The Utrecht site is the firm’s second in the Netherlands – its first foray into the mainland European market opened in Amsterdam last year.

Chief executive Rupert Campbell said: “Given the tremendous success of Powerleague Amsterdam, it’s clear there is a strong market for our offer in the Netherlands.

“Unlike the UK, where five-a-side leagues have been established since the 90s, organised weekly leagues are fairly new to this football-loving nation. We’re keen to continue expanding across Europe and are currently looking at potential other sites.”

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Earlier this year, Powerleague said it was embarking on a major expansion drive that will see it open 13 centres over the next three years, backed by a £40 million investment from private equity owner Patron Capital. Its growth plans will focus on the south-east of England.

In 2012, the firm considered a possible takeover approach for East Kilbride-based rival Goals Soccer Centres, but a formal offer was not forthcoming.