A-Star Sports looking to recruit eight new franchisees by end of 2014

Startups 100 sports coaching chain keen to “score significant growth” with UK-wide franchise opportunities

Kids sports club A-Star Sports, listed in the Startups 100 2013, has announced that it is seeking to secure eight new franchisees this year as part of its aim to extend its UK territories and bring its total number of franchisees to 24.

Founded in November 2011, Flintshire-headquartered A-Star Sports specialises in multi-sports coaching for children aged two to 10 years old and currently operates from 15 franchise locations, with its 16th territory set to open this month in Chester.

Claiming to be “an impressive fast-growing franchisor business”, the sports chain is looking for individuals with a passion for sports and “inspiring children to enjoy it [sports] for life” to join its network.

It offers franchise owners full sports training, business and coaching manuals,  sports equipment, clothing, marketing materials, website and social media management, and access to business operations.

Discussing its 2014 growth forecast, A-Star Sports director and co-founder, Sharon Bassett (pictured right), commented:

“We have set ourselves a very ambitious target but, such is the appeal of our franchise, not to mention the sheer fun of guiding youngsters into sport and fitness that we expect to make that challenging target, just as we have beaten our previous growth targets over the last couple of years.

“In the last 10 months, we’ve been a finalist in two categories of the Franchise Marketing Awards for ‘Best PR Campaign’ and ‘Best Online Marketing Campaign’, a finalist in the HP Smart Business Awards for our Community Support Programme, and were chosen in July 2013 as an inaugural member of Lord Young’s ACCELERATE 250.”

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