Powerleague, Britain’s largest five-a-side football pitch operator, is in talks with professional clubs to locate sites near their grounds as part of an expansion strategy. Financial Times

The Scotland-based company, which has 37 centres across the UK, also plans to target the ‘untapped’ female football market as it unveiled a 56% increase in pretax profit to £5m (£3.2m).

‘We’re in talks with a number of clubs,’ said Sean Tracey, chief executive. ‘The rationale is twofold: the right demographic and good infrastructure.’

Powerleague has set aside £7m to acquire sites and opened three over the year. It plans a further four during the course of this year.