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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$25K - $37K
- Units as of 2022
341 6.6% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Little Kickers franchise.
Little Kickers may facilitate educational preschool soccer classes. The company began in the United Kingdom in 2002 after its founder noticed the rarity of preschool sports classes for her young son.
As this issue isn't only in the United Kingdom but also in many other countries, Little Kickers expanded globally. Little Kickers now stands as one the largest preschool soccer academies in the world. It has over 2,250 coaches in its 300+ franchises. These franchises are located in Canada and other international locations.
Why You May Want to Start a Little Kickers Franchise
If you enjoy working with children and believe that sports can lead to a long and healthy life, you may find that a Little Kickers franchise will easily align with your values. Little Kickers believes that instructing sports in general—not just soccer—should be pressure-free and enjoyable.
Coupled with this good reputation and a considerable global market segment, investing in the Little Kickers franchise has a more predictable outcome than investing in a completely new brand that may struggle to thrive in an already crowded and competitive industry.
What Might Make a Little Kickers Franchise a Good Choice?
Little Kickers is concentrated on creating a brand that puts "fun first," enlisting the help of child development experts and FA-certified soccer instructors. The group collaborated to develop Little Kickers programs that would combine high-quality soccer abilities with crucial preschool learning elements, including color and number recognition, sharing, following directions, and using imagination.
Little Kickers programs may help foster the development of gross motor abilities, balance, coordination, social skills such as taking turns and sharing, and English language skills in children under the age of seven. Because the company recognizes this, a Little Kickers franchisee may stand out with their advertising, pointing towards the benefits of soccer beyond teaching teamwork.
To be part of the Little Kickers team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising fees and royalty fees. Franchisees are responsible for hiring and training staff and coordinating business operations.
How To Open a Little Kickers Franchise
Research the Little Kickers brand and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. Ideally, you should be in a place that families, coaches, and other employees can easily access. You may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Little Kickers franchising team questions as part of your due diligence. Though a franchisee may learn about working with the kids directly during training, you should ask existing franchisees what works for them.
If awarded a franchise, franchisees may receive support from the Little Kickers brand throughout the franchising process. In addition to pre-opening training, Little Kickers franchisees could receive support through brand awareness, marketing, research, and construction. Franchisees may also receive hands-on training and continued support after opening their franchise location.
About Little Kickers
- Franchising Since
- 2004 (18 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.
- # of Units
- 341 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Little Kickers franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $25,175 - $37,050
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Veteran Incentives
- 10% off franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 5 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Little Kickers has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 8 hours
- Classroom Training
- 25 hours
- Additional Training
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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