Dan Kelland, Australian franchisee, explains what pushed him to invest in the Little Kickers franchise
How long have you been with Little Kickers?
We joined Little Kickers in December 2008.
What were you doing before Little Kickers?
Before my wife and I joined the Little Kickers family, I was an electrician and my wife was in corporate travel.
Why did you join Little Kickers?
We decided to join Little Kickers because we believed in the brand and the vision the Little Kickers team had. We wanted to be a part of something rewarding, something community-focused and something we could be proud of.
As I moved through due diligence two things struck me. Firstly, that there were genuine, warm and friendly people throughout the organisation who I instinctively felt I would be able to work with. Over the past 10 years, I have become active in the franchising sector and know that healthy business relationships are the core to a successful system like ours. Second, many franchisees spoke of the ‘back office’ support more than the awesome and fun sessions. I think that convinced me that there was the potential to grow something significant for the longer term.
What makes Little Kickers different from other programmes?
The brand’s ability to grow and evolve, whilst remaining true to its core mission statement. I don’t believe Little Kickers would be in so many diverse markets, with so many amazing people driving it on the ground if it didn’t have a strong and passionate foundation from which to build upon.
We understand that we will keep moving forward with integrity and hard work so that those who are a part of the Little Kickers community - parents, kids, franchisees, coaches and our support teams - feel valued and see the benefit of that work.