Bend It like Beckham: Top 5 Sports Franchises to Own

04/04/2018 18:00 | Start a business

Best sport franchises UK

At the start of this year, David Beckham finally became the franchise owner of a Major League Soccer team after four years of hard work. Living the American dream, Beckham unveiled his Miami club, which is set to enter the US top flight in 2020.

The former Manchester United footballer first announced his intention to exercise his right to buy an MLS franchise in 2014 and revealed that the 25th franchise would be situated in Miami, Florida from January 2018.

And although the price Beckham paid for the franchise has not been disclosed, the owners of the Los Angeles FC team, which joined MLS in March 2018, allegedly paid $100 million.

Top sport franchise opportunities

Thankfully, not every sports franchise costs quite as much as an MLS team and takes much less than four years to complete. So, if youre passionate about fitness and are considering setting up a franchise, here are some of the best franchise opportunities available.

Sweaty Mama

This mother and baby exercise franchise is perfect for new mums who want to return to work but are not ready to leave their baby. As a Sweaty Mama franchisee, you'll get the opportunity to run pre-choreographed classes during the day for mothers wanting to get fit while spending time with their babies. And best of all, you get to take your little one along too.

You dont even need any previous experience or qualifications in the fitness industry. The training that is provided when you become a franchisee takes care of all of that. And with a franchise fee of less than £2,000, this is one of the best franchise opportunities for budding mumpreneurs who want to take control of their career, that has the flexibility to fit around the time pressures that come with being a mum.

Angelas Swim School

This is a sports franchise that has grown in popularity since being established in 2002. Now with 35 franchisees operating all over the UK, Angelas Swim School offers a great chance to get involved with teaching both young and old this essential life skill.

The cost of the franchise is £22,000, and in return, youll be granted an exclusive territory, full swimming instructor training and qualifications, as well as receiving financial, marketing and launch support. On top of all this, you'll be able to work the hours you want meaning that this is a great franchise to own if you're craving the ultimate work/life balance. All while helping people learn to swim whats not to love?

Tatty Bumpkin

The benefits of practising yoga are well-versed and setting up a franchise with Tatty Bumpkin offers you the chance to teach babies and children how to stretch, laugh and get fit. You dont need to be a yoga guru to start your Tatty Bumpkin franchise. You just need to have enthusiasm and a passion for working with children.

To join this franchise, you'll need to invest £10,000, and you can choose to run the classes yourself, or hire freelance instructors to teach on your behalf. This way you can make your business as big or as small as you want it to be. It all depends what your goals are for your new venture.

Premier Sport

This is a sports franchise that enables you to invest in different size packages depending on your ambition and the size of your budget. With Premier Sport you can choose from four packages ranging from £15,000 to £30,000. But, regardless of the package you choose to buy, youll get access to a mentor to support you, core-training seminars, and regular updates on the brand.

With over 150 franchisees delivering more than 25,000 activity sessions to thousands of schools across the UK, Premier Sport is currently the largest children's sport and physical activity franchising company in the country. So, if you have excellent communication skills, have a passion for sports and getting children involved, have great leadership skills, and sufficient capital, then this could be one of the best franchise opportunities for you.

Kung Fu Schools

Setting up a franchise with Kung Fu Schools will see you share their mission to promote mental, physical, and spiritual health through martial arts. And this is a unique martial arts organisation as its the only one outside of China to be classed as Confucius classroom and so are recognised by the Chinese government.

Youll get to teach children from aged 4 12 authentic Kung Fu, but you dont necessarily need to be an expert in martial arts to become a franchisee. As part of your induction training, youll participate in accredited qualifications which will allow you to deliver sessions in schools. However, the majority of classes will be taught by your team of trained and qualified activity professionals on your behalf.

Your training will also provide you with all the business skills you need to run a successful franchise. Youll receive sales, finance, recruitment and marketing support throughout your franchising journey, so no previous business ownership is required either. All this for the very affordable franchise fee of just £10,995. So, if youre passionate about making a difference to childrens lives, this could be the franchise for you.

If any of these franchise opportunities appeal to your love of sport, rest assured that the fitness industry is big business. The 2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report revealed that the entire market value rose by 6.3% from the previous year, with a 4.6 % increase in the number of fitness facilities. The amount of people joining these facilities has risen too (by 5.1%) with one in every seven people in the UK now being a member of a gym.

So, with a total estimated market value of £4.7 billion, starting a sports franchise will have a positive effect on your career, your bank balance, and the fitness levels of your clients. Sounds like the perfect business for a health-conscious entrepreneur.

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