The growing popularity of five-a-side football has helped boost profits for sports firm Goals Soccer Centres.
The company, which operates 28 sites around the UK including three in the West Midlands with a fourth on the way, has seen full-year pre-tax profits rise by 42 per cent and sales increase by 26 per cent.
Pre-tax profit for the year to December 31 came in at £7 million, compared with £4.9 million in 2006, and sales rose to £20.05 million from £15.95 million. Like-for-like sales grew seven per cent.
Trading has remained strong since the beginning of the year and the company said it was confident of further development on the year ahead and beyond.
Its ultimate aim is to open a centre in every major population area in the UK, while developing its interests overseas.
With the acquisition of Pro5, Goals has already opened three new UK centres this year, including one in Stoke-on-Trent, and plans another three more during the course of the year.
It has also entered into a franchise agreement in South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup and agreed a joint venture in Los Angeles with plans to open further centres throughout California.
In the West Midlands, the company has centres in Perry Barr and Star City in Birmingham plus Willenhall in the Black Country. It currently has a new £2 million centre under construction in Dudley which will open later this year.
Managing director Keith Rogers said he was delighted with the results, adding they confirmed the strength of the company and the popularity of five-a-side football in the UK.
"The potential is massive. We are getting around 80,000 people using the centres every week and this number can only grow," he said. "We intend opening six new centres this year and six again next year. Ultimately we would like at least one centre in every town or city around the country."
Internationally, he added that interest in football ahead of the 2010 World Cup Finals made South Africa an appealing market, while there were potentially two and a half million players in California.
"However, our core market will remain the UK, where our business is very strong," said Mr Rogers. "The FA has carried out research which showing that five-a-side football is now far more accessible than the traditional 11-a-side game.
"This is important to us, as is the fact that Goals has achieved FA accreditation."
To support its expansion, the company said it would continue to work closely with schools around the country.
"Currently half of our centres are based on school campuses and this arrangement works very well. The schools get a percentage of the income to spend on improving their other facilities and we get access to many more players," said Mr Rogers.
Goals said it would continue to invest in facilities to ensure customers benefited from an improved service.
"We continue to invest in our advanced management and communication systems to improve customer experience and increase income," said the firm in a statement.
Online booking is being rolled out across the centres and is proving to be extremely popular, it added.
The company's strong performance impressed analysts. Numis said that "with trading strong since the year-end and the group's site roll-out programme in the upper end of expectations, we think the recent share weakness has created a compelling buying opportunity for one of the leaders in the UK's five-a-side football market".
Goals has declared a final dividend of 1p per share, taking the total dividend for the year to 1.5p, up 58 per cent over last year.