Powerleague is leaving Trafford Sports Dome after failing to come to a 'viable' deal on the rent with landlord Peel Holdings.

The popular five-a-side centre will close next Thursday, following months of negotiations over the lease. 

The business is currently consulting with 19 affected members of staff and bosses do not yet know how many will leave the business.

The company says the lease offered by the landlord was 'not financially viable'.

Peel meanwhile, has announced that it has found a different football operator to run the facility, which will take over two days after Powerleague closes.

Powerleague CEO Christian Rose said: “We did our utmost to agree on a new lease at the Trafford Sports Dome.

"We had hoped to secure a future at the site but the landlord changed the terms in the latter stages of negotiations.

 

“We cannot jeopardise our business by signing a lease which is not financially viable.

“We are extremely grateful to all of our customers who made their voices heard with a campaign for us to stay open.

“It is clearly a very difficult time for those whose jobs are affected and we will continue to offer colleagues our support.”

Customers had campaigned to keep the centre open after Powerleague had previously been given notice to leave the site.

The message on Powerleague's website on Friday

More than 9,000 people signed a petition calling for grassroots football to be saved at the Dome.

Powerleague Fives Ltd told staff and customers about the closure on Friday morning.

One centre user said: "It's very popular because they have indoor and outdoor pitches, and ones of different sizes.

"They also do late night bookings, which is really convenient for people who work evening shifts. It really is a shame."

A spokesperson for Peel Land and Property said: “Over the past few months we have worked hard with both DW Sports and Powerleague to agree new leasing terms with Powerleague, who are a sub-tenant of DW Sports.

“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we have not been able to agree terms. However, an alternative football operator has now been secured.

"Powerleague will close on Thursday,  March 21 and the new operator is planning to take over the facility on Saturday, March 23.

"We are fully committed to ensuring a football facility remains in TraffordCity and we will do our best to ensure the transition from Powerleague to the new operator remains seamless for players.”