Surprise move for CEO

Goals looking for new boss as Rogers heads to US

Keith RogersFive-a-side football company Goals Soccer Centres is looking for a chief executive after incumbent Keith Rogers opted to move to the US.

Mr Rogers will become president of the company’s US business.

He co-founded Anchor International (trading as “Pitz”) which opened its first 5-a-side centre in 1987. As Managing Director, he oversaw the growth of that Company to 11 branches before it was sold to 3i.

Together with Bill Gow, he effected the MBI of Goals in November 2000 and became the Company’s Managing Director. He is a member of the nominations committee.

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct bought a 4.49% stake in the AIM-quoted firm in November.

Goals, with 47 sites, including one in California, US, made the announcement about Mr Rogers’ move in a trading update for the year which shows it is in-line with revised market expectations as set out on 9 November.

Sales for the year were £32.9m (2014: £34.7m) with UK like-for-like sales down 7%.

The US business has again delivered strong growth with sales for the year up 9%. 

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