Powerleague to launch new five-a-side centre at Stoke-on-Trent high school

Footballers and students will soon be enjoying a revamped five-a-side centre at a city school - four years after the previous operator shut. Powerleague is ploughing £750,000 into the facilities on the site of Sneyd Green's Excel Academy.

And it means that five-a-side pitches are back in the neighbourhood after previous operator Goals Soccer Centres quit the site. The firm had confirmed it was looking to sell the building on the site back in 2019.

StokeonTrentLive reported in November 2020 how Goals, which was subsequently bought out of administration by Northwind 5s Limited in the previous October, confirmed its Stoke-on-Trent venue was permanently shut. Now Powerleague, which runs a base on Trentham Lakes has taken it on.

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The newly-named Powerleague Stoke Excel is set to play host to eight brand-new 5-a-side pitches, a further four 7-a-side pitches, and a brand-new 'modular clubhouse' which will feature changing rooms and children’s party space. The base will be open to students along with footballers keen to book a pitch.

Meanwhile the project will also create 12 jobs. The firm's 43rd facility should be ready to launch at the end of June.

Christian Rose, CEO of Powerleague, said: "Our Powerleague facilities are renowned for delivering world-class sporting experiences while fostering economic, social, and physical well-being within the communities we serve. We are thrilled to extend these benefits to the residents of Stoke-on-Trent, particularly in Sneyd Green, where opportunities for safe and accessible sports venues are scarce."

He added: "The rejuvenation of the full-size pitches at Excel Academy is long overdue, and our £750,000 investment will not only revitalise the school's facilities but also enrich the lives of students, grassroots players, community groups, and local residents alike.

“This marks the culmination of 20 months of dedication and negotiation, and we thank the team at Excel Academy and the planners at Stoke-on-Trent City Council for their support in this essential sporting project."

It will mark more improvements on the site off Milton Road. It was back in the late 1990s when work started to completely transform the plot and create a new building with the one-time Holden Lane High School brought to the ground.

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