With 43 football centres throughout the UK, Goals are the biggest and best provider of 5-a-side football venues in the country. Employing 800 staff the business has also expanded internationally, opening in the United States where the business is set to expand further.
The business strategy is focused on providing the best 5-a-side centres in the country. Comprised of the latest technology artificial pitches, high quality facilities and superior customer service from highly-trained staff, the Goals Soccer Centre experience is unparalleled.
In 2011, Goals made a change to its strategy of how it opened new sites. Whereas previously sites had been built in the traditional manner, Goals moved to a prefabricated solution, much of which could be constructed off site. This change reduced capital costs by 35% and almost halved the build time whilst being much less affected by inclement weather conditions.
Working with the manufacturer of the modular buildings, we structured a finance package which allowed Goals to spread the costs of their new site over their preferred term. By being able to match their costs much more closely to their return and unlock tax benefits previously not available using capital, Goals maximised the investment they made.
"It was noticeable just how flexible Bluestone were in approaching our project. Their ability to shape the finance to match our needs was very impressive and they worked hard to make sure all of our criteria were met. The finance option made complete sense to us and allowed us to concentrate our deployment of capital elsewhere rather than in depreciating assets. I look forward to working with Bluestone again over the years to come."