Stays on to help with tax probe

Chief executive Anson quits Goals Soccer Centres

GoalsAndy Anson, chief executive of five-a-side football company Goals Soccer Centres, has quit – the latest in a string of board level departures from  the company.

Mr Anson is taking the role of CEO at the British Olympic Association where he is already a board member.

Mr Anson will remain with East Kilbride-based Goals for the next six months to assist in resolving the company’s previously-announced accounting and VAT issues. Goals, whose shares were suspended after revealing the tax issue, said it remains focused on moving the business forward in both the UK and the US. 

Michael Bolingbroke, chairman, said: “Whilst Andy’s decision is disappointing, particularly at this challenging time for the company, the board respects Andy’s decision to take a role that is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him.

“We are very grateful for all that he has done for Goals and are pleased that he will continue to fully support the Company to secure the best outcome in the discussions with our auditors and HMRC.”

Other departures

Dec 2018: Nick Basing said he was stepping down as a non-executive director at the AGM to focus on his other business interests. He announced in February 2018 that he was vacating the chairmanship. He also stood down as chairman of Goals City US, a joint venture with City Football Group.

July 2018: Bill Gow, chief financial officer and co-founder of the five-a-side football company, resigned to join his family business Thomas Tunnock as a director and CFO.

June 2018: Scott Lloyd, son of tennis ace and leisure clubs founder David Lloyd, resigned as a non-executive director to focus on his full-time responsibilities as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association.

Oct 2017: CEO Mark Jones announced he was leaving the company after just a year in the role.

Jan 2016: CEO Keith Rogers stood down to become president of the company’s US business.


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