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Simon Dow

Area Manager of Active Soccer Warrington

"After leaving university in 2002 with a degree in Sports Studies I was fortunate to gain full time employment with Cheltenham Town FC as a community football coach. I performed this role for 2 years before going into Leisure management due to a lack of opportunities to progress in the football Industry.

After 6 years as a Leisure manager for various hotel chains I decided that I desperately wanted to get back into football coaching and began to look around for opportunities.

I started to think seriously about taking on a franchise as with my coaching experience and managerial background I felt I had the qualities to make a success of it. I found Active Soccer on a franchise website and emailed for more information along with a few more franchises. I was delighted to receive a response that evening from Mark Whitwood of Active Soccer who wanted to meet that week.

We arranged a meeting (Mark came to me so I didn’t have to travel) and had a chat about my experience, what the franchise consisted of, costs, potential revenue etc. To say I was excited after the meeting is an understatement, Mark is a very likeable person who you warm to immediately and has some fantastic ideas that he has already used and new ones to use in the future. Active Soccer as a franchise was a great opportunity.

The brand was there as was a growing reputation. Along with this I would have the ongoing support of Mark and the other franchisees.

I can safely say this is the best decision I have ever made, although as you would expect it is hard at the start you have the support of Active Soccer and that support will drive you to success.

I am now up and running and have just had all my current schools rebook for the new year along with 4 new schools which has all been achieved through hard work and by following the Active Soccer model and building a strong reputation.

I am now aiming to continue building my business up and achieving more and more as I go along.

By following the other franchisee ideas and implementing your own you cannot fail to make this Franchise a success."

Alan Forwood

Area Manager of Active Soccer Lincoln

"I have been running Active Soccer in Lincoln from Easter 2011 and I have enjoyed every moment of running my own business. Don’t get me wrong, being self employed is hard work and you do have to work to see the results. However, what makes it a little bit easier is when you enjoy what you do and a whole lot easier when you receive the support that Active Soccer give you. Mark is a very driven and supportive MD, always providing new resources to help build your business and is never more than a phone call away. His support and the training provided has helped me to gain the confidence and determination to drive Active Soccer Lincoln forward."

Chris Emms

Area Manager of Active Soccer Bournemouth

"I have been an Active Soccer franchisee for nearly 3 years. In this time I have seen many developments within the company aimed at encouraging children into sport. The Active Soccer team have supported new initiatives and developed efficient marketing strategies i.e The Active Soccer App and website. I am looking forward to continuing working with Active Soccer, getting young people into sport."


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