Work is poised to start on a £2 million SoccerWorld football centre in Carlisle, creating 20 jobs.
The new complex, which is close to the city’s train station, will feature nine all-weather floodlit pitches and a sports bar, creating jobs in management, maintenance and hospitality.
Barry McDermott, director at SoccerWorld, said work is set to start in late May, early June with the aim of opening by September.
He added: “It is a very exciting time. We will be launching leagues in Carlisle when we are up-and-running as well as taking casual bookings.”
The centre, which will be built on the site of the former gasworks on Rome Street, will also include changing rooms, a children’s party room and on-site parking.
SoccerWorld also offers Bubble Football at its existing sports centres in Glasgow, Newcastle and Dundee.
The expansion in to Carlisle is one of the biggest investments in the city’s sporting set-up in recent years and comes at a time when there is renewed interest in football on the back of Leicester City’s unlikely Premier League victory.
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