BT deal brings TV and wi-fi to Goals’ centres

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister join guests in the BT Sports Studio. Picture: Getty
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister join guests in the BT Sports Studio. Picture: Getty
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Media giant BT yesterday confirmed a deal to provide sports coverage and wi-fi at the 43 British venues of Goals Soccer Centres.

Keith Rogers, chief executive of East Kilbride-based Goals, said: “Our 130,000 weekly players will now be able to enjoy big screen sports action, compliments of BT Sport, and get the latest score online with BT wi-fi”. Last week, the firm launched an expansion campaign after raising £11.4 million from shareholders to fund the development of more sites on both sides of the Atlantic.

Two sites are planned this year and next in the UK, while three more centres are due to open in Los Angeles by 2016.

The BT wi-fi service will be rolled out across the 43 Goals Soccer Centres from April, allowing customers to get online in one click using a smartphone or tablet.

The coverage from BT sport will include Scottish, English and European football, featuring pundits such as Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, above right, as the firm has recently taken on rival Sky by outbidding it for a number of high-profile contracts.