Do Sports Direct Franchise?

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Sports clothing and footwear have grown into seriously lucrative industries. Athleisure (sporty clothes that can be worn both for working out and relaxing) is estimated to be worth around £2.5billion, with retailers from budget to high-end boutique getting in on the trend. The Athletic Footwear sector is also a lucrative one, as its worth around £2.2billion alone and is expected to grow at least 6% every year.

With one in seven of us Brits a member of a gym and around 60% of us participating in some kind of sport regularly, its easy to see why we spend so much money on getting the right gear. And as big-brand sports clothing and footwear can be pricey, more affordable retailers, like Sports Direct, are the first stop for many of us when we want new gym clothes or running shoes.

Is Sports Direct a Franchise?

Sports Direct is the UKs largest sporting goods retailer, selling a wide variety of sports clothing brands and footwear as well as accessories and equipment. It has more than 670 stores across the globe, the majority of which are company owned and operated, as well as a number of concession areas in department store Debenhams.

However, the sporting goods brand does operate some of its stores under a franchise agreement. The bad news? This opportunity is only offered in South Africa and across the Middle East, meaning fans of the affordable sportwear company wont be able to open their own branch in the UK. It also doesnt seem as though the company has any interest in expanding its UK presence through franchising as it appears to favour a more direct management process on our shores.

If you love the world of sports and want to become your own boss, there are lots of sport-related franchises offering fantastic opportunities. Weve highlighted some of the most exciting below and you could find the next step in your career with one of these successful franchises.

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Fast Feet FA

Love Football? Want to spend all day nurturing young talent into the footballers of tomorrow? Fast Feet FA lets you do just that.

Football franchise Fast Feet FA offers football coaching sessions to budding sports stars between the ages of 3-16. Its group or one-to-one sessions nurture footballing talent in children and help them to grow in both confidence and ability. The business has also partnered up with educational establishments across the North East of England to deliver coaching sessions and now its looking to take its programme to even more children across the UK.

Fast Feet FA was set up in 2013, after its founders recognised that there was a gap in the market for a high-quality football training programme. The franchise has spent years perfecting its coaching programme and its obvious the effort has paid off, as many of its students keep coming back for more year after year.

If youre looking to join the franchise, youll need to have a keen interest in sports (particularly football) and want to help young people realise their sporting potential. Franchisees will undergo ten days of intensive franchise training before launching their business, covering everything theyll need to know about business management, marketing, coaching programmes and much more.

Premier Sport

Premier Sport is the UKs largest childrens sport and physical activity franchise, with more than 150 franchise partners across the country, and it is seeking new franchisees to help it increase its presence even more. Its franchisees receive more than nine million visits combined every year, as they offer fun fitness sessions in thousands of schools.

The franchise was founded two decades ago as part of the Premier Education Group, which provides activity programmes to children across the country. It has received multiple franchise awards over the years and 67% of its established franchisees generate a six-figure turnover each year. Its looking for individuals who have excellent communication and leadership skills, as well as a love of sports and an interest in getting kids involved in them too.

What makes Premier Sports franchise opportunity unique is that it offers three franchise packages ranging from £15,000 to £30,000, meaning new franchise partners are able to choose exactly how much theyd like to invest in their new business venture. The more they invest, the more assistance theyll receive from the Premier Sport head office team, but each franchisee will receive a core package of mentoring and training regardless of which package they choose.

Sport Works

If youd like to work with local primary schools to provide fun, engaging sports programmes that help schools achieve and maintain the coveted Outstanding Ofsted rating in PE, you could be the right fit for Sport Works.

The franchise is one of the leading primary sports academies in the country. It offers balance, coordination and motor skills building activities and sports training education to primary schools in need of a sporting boost. Sport Works also specialises in creating and delivering fun sporting programmes to disabled children and adults, letting them experience the joy of movement in a safe, educational way.

Sport Works programme has been recognised as one of the best in the country, allowing it to access funding from local authorities and the NHS, as well as Sport England and charities across the UK. Each franchisee will attend an intensive two-day training course that will teach them everything they need to know to succeed. The head office team will handle the social media marketing, website content and contract document so that franchisees can focus on building new contacts.

The franchise was set up in 2009 and was one of the first sports education companies to specialise in working with schools and disabled individuals. Since it began franchising in 2013, it has recruited a team of 11 dedicated franchisees across the UK and is now seeking new faces to join its innovative and successful company.

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