If you want to run a children’s rugby club without the hassle of starting a business from scratch, why not join a franchise? In this article, we look at the health of the sector and the options available to you.
Rugby is a remarkably popular sport across the United Kingdom, but several entrepreneurs had recognised in the past that there weren’t many opportunities for young children to get involved in the game. As a result, a variety of kids’ rugby businesses have cropped up in recent years. The good news is that there is a healthy selection of children’s rugby franchises to get involved in too. Let’s look at some of the best ones.
The rugby club sector in the UK
In the UK, rugby is one of the most popular sports among children and adults alike. But, over the years, youth participation in the game has fluctuated. In the last three years, involvement amongst 11-15-year-olds has dropped, while the number of 5-10-year-olds taking up the sport has increased dramatically. This bodes well for the future of the sport; not only are younger children getting involved but hopefully, these youngsters will continue to play the game as they reach the 11-15 bracket.
Statistics show that more than 224,000 adults play rugby at least twice a month in the UK. What’s more, a further 67,000 participate in rugby league. For youngsters and teenagers, around 15 percent of English children aged 11-15 play the sport. However, recent studies have revealed enormous discrepancies between different regions within the UK. For instance, this rises to an estimated 54 percent of 11-15-year-olds in Wales who play the sport.
Did you know? Around 15 percent of 11-15-year-olds have played rugby in the last four weeks.
In an attempt to boost participation, rugby governing bodies have increased the number of opportunities available to children and introduced rugby to a more diverse audience. This is part of a concerted effort to dispel the myth that rugby is for a particular socio-economic group and to create a more inclusive attitude towards the sport.
Around the country, the biggest problem faced by clubs of all types and sizes is finding a coach who can commit to regular training sessions. There aren’t enough experienced adults to have a separate coach for every age group and local team. Kids’ rugby clubs tackle this problem by appointing one coach to teach a wide range of age groups and encourage participation over a larger area.
If you think you’d make a great coach, why not join a kids’ rugby franchise today? Let’s take a closer look at the rugby franchise sector.
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Start a kids’ rugby club franchise
Although there is a surprisingly high number of franchises aimed at children, there are relatively few rugby-based businesses in operation. While classes offering cooking, dance, theatre and tutoring are popular in the franchise world, rugby clubs are relatively new to the scene. As a result, no definite market leader has emerged yet and there is healthy competition between a few growing businesses.
Below, we take a look at three fantastic kids’ rugby franchise opportunities and what they’ve got to offer new franchisees.
Rugbytots was launched in 2006 and has spent the last 12 years developing into one of the largest rugby class providers in the UK. It has also built a significant international presence that means around 60,000 children in 17 countries are now an active part of the Rugbytot network.
- Becoming a Rugbytots franchisee: If you want to join the network of around 100 Rugbytots franchisees offering a combined total of more than 4,000 classes every week in the UK, you can sign up here.
- How much you need to invest: To become a Rugbytots franchisee, you’ll need to invest at least £10,000. However, this is the minimum investment required, and additional working capital is often necessary.
- What you get for your investment: In return for your investment, you’ll become a part of the close-knit Rugbytots franchisee network and be granted the rights to operate under the Rugbytots brand. The franchisor also offers business support, comprehensive training and all the kit and equipment you’ll need to get started. Most impressively, franchisees take on a pre-configured business, meaning they already have a set number of customers and a guaranteed income.
Although it’s not on Point Franchise’s portfolio, Rugrats Rugby offers a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs. Founded in 2011, this franchise has been providing non-contact rugby classes to children between the ages of two and seven for almost a decade.
- Becoming a Rugrats Rugby franchisee: Your classes will emphasise fun and constant participation above all else, ideal for kids who want to burn off a little surplus energy and develop important sporting techniques.
- How much you need to invest: Becoming a Rugrats franchisee requires an initial investment of £3,995, but further investment will be needed if you turn the franchise into a full-time business. This fee will cover the first three years of business and will entitle you to a two-year extension at no extra cost, should both you and the franchisor deem it appropriate.
- What you get for your investment: The franchise fee includes all the equipment, training and marketing required to get your business up and running. You’ll be supported along the way to make sure you maintain profitability and continue having as much fun as your class attendees do.
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Try Time Kids’ Rugby
Another rugby franchise on offer is Try Time. It was founded by the parents of very energetic kids in an attempt to provide them with an activity that made sure they got outside and did something they enjoyed. Since the business’ launch, it has gone from strength to strength.
- Becoming a Try Time Kids' Rugby franchisee: As a franchisee, you'll encourage numerous children to try their hand at a fun, team-based sport.
- How much you need to invest: Starting a Try Time club costs £4,995, as well as a further £700 to cover the costs of the initial marketing outlay.
- What you get for your investment: In return, you'll receive all the kit you need, as well as comprehensive training, one year of public liability insurance and various marketing materials. As a franchisee, you can rely on the ongoing support of the franchisor to make sure your business is successful in the long term.
Become a kids’ rugby coach with the franchise model
We’ve highlighted just three of the rugby club franchise opportunities out there, but there are plenty more options in the sports sector if these ones aren’t quite right for you. Click here to browse our full selection of sports franchises looking for new investors.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©