Goals lines up leisure sector veteran as next chairman

Goals said Nick Basing is set to become its chairman next year
Goals said Nick Basing is set to become its chairman next year
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Five-a-side football operator Goals Soccer Centres today named Nick Basing as its deputy chairman.

The East Kilbride-based firm – which recently issued a fresh profit warning – said Basing, who has spent 25 years in the leisure and hospitality sector, is due to replace Keith Edelman as its chairman at its next annual meeting in May.

Basing, the former chief executive of Paramount Restaurants and ten-pin bowling company Essenden, also sits on the board of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs the Wimbledon championships.

He said: “I shall work together with the management team and board to support the business and realise the company’s potential. I have a single aim which is to increase value for shareholders.”

Current Goals chairman Keith Edelman, the former managing director of Arsenal Football Club, added: “Nick has a proven track record of managing and operating successful leisure companies and I look forward to working closely with him to ensure a smooth transition.”

Goals has 46 five-a-side centres across the UK and one in Los Angeles, and earlier this month the Aim-quoted firm said trading on home turf over the summer holiday period had been “challenging” as it told investors it expects to post a pre-tax profit of between £8.2 million and £8.6m for the current financial year – well below its previous forecast.