Goals Soccer Centres
Goals Soccer Centres is an operator of dedicated 5-a-side football centres based in East Kilbride with 46 locations in the UK and one in Los Angeles. Headline brand partnerships are with Lucozade, Mitre Sports International and BT Sport, the origins of the industry go back to 1987 when Keith Rogers, previously Goals CEO, opened the world’s first 5-a-side football centre in Paisley under the brand name of Pitz. The business grew successfully to 11 centres and was sold to venture capitalists for £38 million in 1999, Keith Rogers thereafter led an MBI of an existing small local five-a-side football business in Glasgow the following year to create Goals Soccer Centres. Each centre has at least 10 pitches and the largest centre is in Leeds with 18 pitches, Goals say that each centre has a “capital cost of around £2.2 million and a build time of approximately 5 months”. Goals has a pipeline of sites for development, many of which are with school or college partners. Goals opened its first centre in the USA at Los Angeles in June 2010, Goals plc The corporate and investor website for Goals
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state—the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland, with an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th-largest in Europe. It is the 21st-most populous country, with an estimated 65.1 million inhabitants, this makes it the fourth-most densely populated country in the European Union. The United Kingdom is a monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. The monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 6 February 1952, other major urban areas in the United Kingdom include the regions of Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
The United Kingdom consists of four countries—England, Wales, the last three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capitals, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. The relationships among the countries of the UK have changed over time, Wales was annexed by the Kingdom of England under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542. A treaty between England and Scotland resulted in 1707 in a unified Kingdom of Great Britain, which merged in 1801 with the Kingdom of Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, there are fourteen British Overseas Territories. These are the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, British influence can be observed in the language and legal systems of many of its former colonies. The United Kingdom is a country and has the worlds fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP. The UK is considered to have an economy and is categorised as very high in the Human Development Index.
It was the worlds first industrialised country and the worlds foremost power during the 19th, the UK remains a great power with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally. It is a nuclear weapons state and its military expenditure ranks fourth or fifth in the world. The UK has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946 and it has been a leading member state of the EU and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. However, on 23 June 2016, a referendum on the UKs membership of the EU resulted in a decision to leave. The Acts of Union 1800 united the Kingdom of Great Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland have devolved self-government
Archibald Keir Archie Leitch was a Scottish architect, most famous for his work designing football stadiums throughout the British Isles. In 1896 he became a member of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland and he moved into stadium design when he was commissioned to build Ibrox Park, the new home ground of his boyhood heroes Rangers, in 1899. Leitchs stadiums were initially considered functional rather than elegant, and were clearly influenced by his early work on industrial buildings. Even after the Ibrox disaster of 1902, when 26 people were killed when a bank of terracing collapsed, over the next four decades he became Britains foremost football architect. The main stand and pavilion at Craven Cottage, the stand at Tynecastle. Man who built his place in history, oxford University Press | Biography Explore Glasgow - All round the city Features architectural elevations of all Leitchs stadiums in Glasgow
Great Britain women's Olympic football team
The Great Britain womens Olympic football team represents the United Kingdom in the womens football tournament at the Olympic Games. There is normally no team representing the United Kingdom at womens football, separate teams compete for England, Wales, with the 2012 Summer Olympics scheduled to take place in London, an Olympic football team was created to take the automatic qualifying place of the hosts. When the Football Association was formed in 1863, its remit was not clear, there was no specification of whether it covered just England. The question was answered when the Scottish Football Association was founded in 1873, the third national football association, the Football Association of Wales was founded in 1876 and a fourth, the Irish Football Association, was founded in 1880. Due to Londons successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the United Kingdom had the right to enter a team in the tournament as host nation. In October 2007 the Irish Football Association announced that they would not take part in a unified team and it was reported that the other associations feared the loss of their privileged voting position within the International Football Association Board.
Having reached the quarter-finals of the 2007 FIFA Womens World Cup, England qualified for the Olympic tournament, they were unable to take their place at the 2008 Games in Beijing after the national football associations failed to reach an agreement on whether they could play. They were replaced in the tournament by Sweden, the BOA decided that a womens team would compete in London 2012. In November 2011 the Professional Footballers Association had to warn the SFA, FAW, in June 2011 Arsenal Ladies striker Julie Fleeting, Scotlands record goalscorer, ruled herself out of contention. She concurred with the opinion of her father Jim—the SFAs director of football development—that participation may jeopardise the Scottish national team, if I get the opportunity Ill grab it with both hands – I would definitely play. Fellow Scots Rachel Corsie and Jennifer Beattie expressed interest, as well as Evertons Welsh winger Gwennan Harries, in October 2011, England manager Hope Powell was appointed head coach of the womens team.
It was confirmed in January 2012 that none of the players who had contacted had asked to withdraw. In June 2012 The Belfast Telegraph reported that three Northern Ireland players had been selected in the final squad, one of the players concerned, Sunderlands Sarah McFadden, dismissed the report, I havent received anything about being in final squad. Wish it was true but unfortunately not, Great Britain were placed in group E for the Olympic tournament prior to the draw, with their first two matches due to be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The draw was held on 24 April 2012 and added New Zealand, two days after the draw, it was announced that Great Britains single warm-up game prior to the start of the tournament would be against Sweden at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on 20 July. The first official game was a draw against Sweden on 20 July. Friendlies Group Stage Quarter-final The following players were named in the squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the squad consisted of 16 English and two Scottish players.
No Welsh or Northern Irish players were selected, although one Northern Irish player was named as a standby, dunia Susi was called into the squad from the standby list when Ifeoma Dieke suffered ruptured knee ligaments during Team GBs 3–0 win over Cameroon in the second group match