Powerleague set to expand into Ireland

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Powerleague, the UK mainland five-a-side football operator, is set to expand into Ireland by the end of the year.

Commercial director Nigel Hargreaves said that sites had been found in both Dublin and Belfast and that Ireland was "likely to be" the first country that Powerleague will expand into as part of its European growth plans. Currently, Powerleague has about 45 per cent of the market in the UK and hopes to have about 90 sites as the market doubles in size over the next five-to-10 years.

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