Many local authority sports centre managers have long maintained that they could fill their sports halls with 5-a-side football at peak times and it is undoubtedly the case that it is one of the most popular indoor sports activities. As football is an outdoor game, however, many local authorities have responded by providing outdoor multi-courts used for 5-a-side, as well as other activities such as basketball, netball and tennis, with the intention of easing the pressure on indoor facilities.
The commercial sector, too, has seen an opportunity and developed specialist 5-a-side centres, although they are exclusively outdoor. Anchor International Ltd (formerly trading as Pitz Super Soccer centres, but now as Power League) was the first company to develop these centres, but others, such as Fives, Goals, Champions League and Soccaerobics, have since entered the market.
In consequence, in many areas there is now a choice of 5-a-side facilities available to potential players.
Editor's comments - [ sportscotland (formerly the Scottish Sports Council) saw a need to obtain details of players and establish the role of different types of provision in the market in order to inform its advisory planning work. As a result it commissioned Kit Campbell Associates and System Three to undertake a research study.
The main survey work for this study was undertaken in late 1999 and it should be noted that there may have been changes in facilities and prices since then which are not included in this analysis. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Kit Campbell Associates. (2001). 5-a-side Football: Research Report no. 76. Edinburgh: sportscotland
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