Q&A with Coach Matthew, the 17th Franchise Owner

We Make Footballers are proud to welcome new franchisee Matthew Ansah, who will be looking after the Croydon area! With a strong background in both Grassroots and Academy coaching, Matthew will be launching WMF by helping players of all abilities to become the best they can be and creating his own football coaching empire in the Croydon area.

After completing both in-house business training and on the pitch WMF coach training, we caught up with Matthew to discuss his ambitions and plans for WMF Croydon:

Q: When did you start coaching?

Matthew: I started coaching seven years ago for a grassroots club called Purley Panthers. I worked with an under 8’s team, which was such a fun group to work with. By starting with this age group of players, I was able to understand the importance of “fun” in football and in my coaching style early on. We would train on a Saturday morning and play matches on a Sunday morning, this is where my passion for coaching started.

Q: What has been your coaching journey so far?

Matthew: I’ve worked in football both paid and voluntarily for seven years, which has meant that I have learnt from different clubs, coaches, age groups and playing styles. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in both Grassroots and Academy football coaching.

I started with Purley Panthers U8’s and continued with them in the U9’s and U10’s age groups. I’ve also coached at Aldershot (U12’s), Forestdale FC (U11’s, U12’s, U13’s) and Chipstead (U18’s). All these different opportunities have built my coaching CV and experience working with different age groups.

Following this, one of my other first coaching roles was at We Make Footballers, I was able to learn their coaching and playing style and be exposed to the WMF way in the early stages of the company.

After some time at WMF, I then moved into teaching alongside other roles at Fulham Foundation, Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon Pre Academy. I stayed in contact with Sean Conlon (CEO of WMF) and he was the first person I contacted when I decided to launch my own football coaching company.

Q: Why do you want to go full time in football?

Matthew: Going full time in football has always been my ambition, as I’ve always tried to keep up my coaching schedule and commitments to prepare myself and become the best coach I can be.

One of the differences between coaching and owning a franchise, is that I want to further my understanding as a business owner alongside my development as a coach.

Another key motivation for me is to run a company that supports the local area and to coach as much as I can to support the development of footballers in my community and be a positive role model.

Q: What do you hope to achieve in the next few years?

Matthew: I hope to have amazing experiences in football, this includes fulfilling my potential as a business person and coach, carrying out work that positively impacts in the local community and developing coaches and players.

I’m particularly looking forward to  further my knowledge via coaching courses, qualifications, events in the football industry and watching other top coaches in practice.

Q: Why did you choose We Make Footballers?

Matthew: Having worked for the We Make Footballers in the past I am aware of the amount of detail, planning, delivery, and review of coaching sessions. I needed to pick a coaching company that reflected my own coaching style, beliefs and that focuses on individual player development.

The branding is amazing and consistent, which shows the professionalism and infrastructure behind my business. The websites, social media and online presence really builds trust with parents and presents a fantastic brand. I also enjoy being a part of a franchise owner network from experienced coaching backgrounds and look forward to participating in future coach development events.

The connections WMF have in the football industry have enabled me to run my launching Talent ID event with the support of Head Office, which will have over 100 players attend! I’m excited for the event, creating opportunities for local players in football and finally launching my weekly training in Croydon.

Matthew Ansah is a fantastic football coach and business person who will be going full time in football this June 2019. His goal is to reach 110 players attending his weekly training by June 2020! If you are interested in building a career in an industry that you are passionate about, contact us today to find out more.

FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

In order to continue on your path to a successful coaching career, you will need to continuously learn about the game of football and develop the skills that are needed in order to become a proficient coach. The FA’s Level 2 in Coaching Football is the next step after passing the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football and is designed to build on the skills that you gleaned in the first set of workshops.

This second step on the coaching ladder is broken down over 20 guided face-to-face workshops and is once again laid on by your local area football association. The 20 sessions are split into three distinct blocks: How We Coach, The Future Player & How We Support and How We Play. Each is dedicated to a specific area of coaching and will help you to develop your all-around skills – while coaching footballing technique is important, coaches are also mentors and developing skills off of the pitch is also vital.

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football course will give you a deeper insight into many areas of the game and also many areas off of the pitch. Coaches are a lot more than technique trainers, we perform a vital role in the lives of our students, and it is important that we continue to develop in order to become the best coaches possible.


The Course Itself

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football course is meant as an expansion on the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course. While the level 1 course covers a lot of the basics of the game and some safeguarding pre-requisites, the level 2 course dives deeper into many areas of the game. The course expands on your initial knowledge of the game and will help you to understand it at a deeper level. In this course, there is the introduction of concepts such as behaviour development and mistake management that will help to ensure that you can also guide your players when things do not go to plan – a very important facet of coaching.

The course is aimed at working coaches who regularly work with age groups u7+. There is also a requirement that your team is regularly playing fixtures in order for you to be assessed. This will ensure that you are able to successfully complete the project.

The course is broken down into the following 3 blocks that contain 20 guided workshops:


How We Coach

This first block is focused on more of the soft-skills that are required by coaches. Sections such as motivation and self-esteem are aimed at helping coaches to develop players. While player skill development is clearly important, coaches need to be able to motivate and support their players. This section, as well as reviewing and building on what was learned in the FA Level 1 in Football Coaching course, is designed to help coaches with their off-pitch skills as well as those required to make players more technically proficient.


The Future Player & How We Support

The second of the three blocks is concentrated again on many of the soft-skills that coaches require. This block focuses on areas such as player potential – which is vital in today’s game, as well as more difficult and contentious areas such as managing difference and developing behaviour that form the success of a coach. Coaches have to deal with people from many backgrounds and with many different temperaments, this block will help you to manage these factors.


How We Play

The third block is solely concentrated on technical aspects of the game. With sessions based on scenarios in and out of possession and an introduction to some goalkeeping concepts, this third block will help you to understand the game better in order to develop more technically complete teams.

As you can see, the FA Level 2 in Coaching Football is a far wider ranging course intended to develop not only technical skills but also the vital soft-skills that can be the difference between success and failure in your coaching career. While not all coaches will necessarily require this level, it is a worthwhile investment to your continuing development as a coach.


What This Means For You

In order to continue your coaching development, it is advisable that you gain the FA Level 2 in Coaching Football. Not only will you have all of the safeguarding and first aid education of the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, but you will also gain a deeper insight into important soft-skills and also deeper technical concepts that will undoubtedly assist you in becoming a better coach.

In order to take the FA Level 2 in Coaching Football course, you will need to contact your local football association who will let you know when courses are being run in your area. These courses often take place at times to suit you and are an easy way of gaining new skills. For coaches who want to push their career to the next level, the FA Level 2 in Coaching Football is an excellent step.

If you are looking to take up the challenge and excitement of a career in football coaching then we can help. Our franchise model helps you to set up on your own and create a successful coaching business, backed by a trusted brand who can help you to make a success of your newly chosen career. Whether you want to switch careers, or are just looking for a way to earn a little more money, our flexible options put you in control of your career. Football coaching is so rewarding, and by becoming a professional coach, you can help the next generation of footballers reach the top. So get in touch today and talk to us about starting your new and exciting football coaching career today.

How do I go full-time in football?

Are you dreaming of becoming the next Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp? Have you got plenty to offer when it comes to coaching and improving players? Are you looking for a job that involves developing people and communities through sport? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, then a job in football coaching might be for you.

Being a football coach is a challenging but rewarding job. No two days are the same. You can work in different locations, with different age groups and with players of different abilities. With coaching your job will be focused on helping players reach their full potential and getting them involved in the sport for as long as possible.

Whether you’re a new coach who is just starting out on their journey to greatness, a coach who has been volunteering for a few years now or one that works on a part-time basis, the move to going full-time in football may not be as difficult as you think.

We’ve put together the steps you need to take to find yourself coaching full time. Trust us – it’s worth it.

Do you have the right skills to coach?

Being a football coach requires a broad set of skills which you need to have in order to thrive in the role. Communication skills and leadership are important as you’ll need to be able to deliver training sessions clearly and effectively. It’s not just about developing players, it’s also about developing other coaches, and positivity is a must when helping others achieve their football goals.

People management skills and the ability to motivate players or coaches are a must, you will be managing an increasing amount of individuals and will need to harness a wide range of communication skills.

Finally, you need to have strong organisational skills as it can be somewhat of a challenge getting a large group of over excited six-year-olds to do what you want or manage back to back sessions throughout the week. When managing a number of sessions, you will need to have an understanding of logistics and determined processes to make sure each week goes smoothly.

If you tick all those boxes, then you should have what it takes to become a good football coach and a leader. Which takes us onto the next step…

Gain the qualifications

In order to work as a football coach in England, you need to gain qualifications from the FA which ensure that you are of a suitable standard to coach. These start at the most basic level with the FA Level 1 Coaching badge which sets you on your journey by covering the fundamentals of the four corner model: Social, Psychological, Physical and Technical.

Following the FA Level 1 is FA Level 2, FA Level 3 (which doubles as UEFA B), FA Level 4 (UEFA A) and FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro Licence). The UEFA Pro Licence is what the Mauricio Pochettino’s and Unai Emery’s must have if they want to work in the Premier League. As you progress through qualifications, securing each certificate becomes more competitive and imposes a more stringent selective in criteria.

Find a coaching opportunity

Once you’re qualified to at least FA Level 1, then you can start looking for jobs coaching football. The more highly qualified you are and the more experience you have, the better chance you’ll have of gaining employment. It’s best to try and achieve a higher level than just the most basic one and volunteer in communities to show your dedication to learning.

The good news is that with an increasing number of football academies popping up across the country, new coaching roles become available all the time. Many of these opportunities are part-time, so you’ll have to use your organisational skills to work different shifts to make up a full week of work in football or you could decide to setup your own football coaching business.

Set up your own Football Coaching Business

Once you’ve gained experience as a coach, grown a network in football and feel confident in your abilities, then you can consider going into business for yourself with your own football coaching academy.

It’s the ultimate way to work full-time in football, be your own boss, make a real difference to lives and gain financial security from a job you love. With the sort of franchise opportunities that We Make Footballers can provide, it’s never been easier either.

To find out if you have what it takes to start your own football coaching business, contact us today!

Why should I choose a career in football instead of an office job?

Why should I choose a career in football instead of an office job? It’s probably the biggest question that people have to wrestle with when deciding whether to make the move into full-time coaching, as opposed to settling for the security of a 9-5 role in an office.

Even if you love the game, you might be unsure if working full-time in football is a good idea. Well, we’re here to tell you that it is, this pretty convincing list of five reasons as to why a career in football is your calling!

You love football and you want to inspire the next generation

This is probably the number one reason for taking up a career in football. How many of us can say we’re doing a job that we truly love and are passionate about and want to continue for the rest of our lives? Working in football full-time is that and so much more.

If you love football, then you’ll want to pass it onto the next generation and inspire them to get involved in the sport for as long as possible. These leads to positively impacting your community and promoting community cohesion. This is harder to do if you’re working in an office.

Make a difference to the lives of children as a coach

We’ve all read the stories about what a difference coaches have made to the lives of footballers – especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker are just two of the players who have given candid interviews in the past about how football has transformed theirs and their family’s fortunes, and none of it would have been possible without the coaches that they came across growing up.

Football can genuinely change lives, not just the Sterling’s and Walkers of this world who have gone onto become professional multimillionaires, but more importantly the average child on the street who doesn’t fall into a gang as a result of their spending their spare time being coached or the child who needs an escape from home and football gives them that.

It’s about providing an environment in which the player feels safe, can express themselves through the sport and enjoy the game.

Becoming a full-time football coach means that you can make a real difference.

Coaching is rewarding

You won’t find many jobs that are as rewarding as football coaching (for kids). Imagine you’ve spent weeks trying to teach one young player how to perfect the Maradona turn but they’re nowhere near doing it. Then, completely out of the blue they go and produce one that is inch perfect to take an opponents out of a match scenario!

That’s because of all the hard work you’ve put in with them. You’ve made them a better player and the smile on their face once they’ve mastered a skill they long thought impossible will give you all the job satisfaction you’ll ever need.

Challenge yourself on your Coaching Pathway

There’s no hiding behind the fact – football coaching and working with different groups of players can be a challenge. But, this means that there are always new learning opportunities and ways to refine your craft.

Humans thrive on challenge and finding a way to make every scenario a successful one is one of the best aspects of being a coach. Overcoming those challenges will also help you develop as a person. Coaching football full-time will bring out leadership and communication skills that will prove beneficial in every area of your life. It is a career that requires an armoury of skills and tools to succeed.

Football is FUN

Still not sold? Then just think about how much fun it could be. Every day, you’ll have a ball at your feet and the open spaces of a football pitch as your office, rather than a desk and a computer. If you love football, it doesn’t get any better than that.

The benefits of getting coaching qualifications

If you want to truly excel as a football coach and continue to progress in your coaching journey, then you need to get coaching qualifications. The FA run certified courses which will train you to a suitable standard to coach at various levels of football.

At the most basic level, you’ve got your FA Level 1 badge which allows you to work with players aged seven and up. That’s followed by the FA Level 2 which is a longer qualification to complete, then the UEFA B licence (Level 3).

Level 4 and Level 5 follow are also UEFA A and UEFA Pro with the last of those being the qualification required to work with the elite professional players or in the Premier League.

Regardless of your goals, it is important to know the steps to getting there and coaching qualifications can be a huge asset. We’ve put together a blog detailing the benefits of securing your qualifications.

  • You’ll be taught how to coach effectively and successfully

Coaching football requires a very particular set of skills in order to bring the best out of the players under your guidance. You might think because you have good playing experience that you’re qualified to turn a player into the next Harry Kane, but there is a lot more to it than that.

To be an effective coach, you need to learn the best methods for teaching children the basics of football. You need to learn how to inspire them, how to communicate with them and above all how to understand them. Child management will be a key area for development which will help you put on an enjoyable session for all participants.

By gaining your coaching qualifications, you’ll be taught all this and much more. They will equip you with the tools you need to succeed by becoming an effective coach and provide you with resources to further your learning.

  • Staying at the forefront of the game

Because the game of football is constantly evolving, so too do coaching courses. Just look at the changes we’ve seen tactically in the Premier League over the last few seasons. Not so long ago, 4-2-3-1 was all the rage because it was how Germany won a World Cup. Antonio Conte at Chelsea ripped that up with his 3-5-2 which most teams tried to copy as it delivered the title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

This year, it’s been all about 4-3-3 with Manchester City and Liverpool being streets ahead of the opposition using that formation. It isn’t just formations that go change rapidly but playing styles, player standards and coaching methods too.

What might have worked three or four years ago could be completely redundant by now. Up-to-date coaching qualifications will teach you the skills and methods that are important right now rather than you relying on what could be out-of-date techniques. By doing your coaching badges, you’ll be at the forefront of the game.

  • Opening up Coaching Pathways and Opportunities

Coaching badges are fully certified qualifications which show that you’ve been trained to the highest standards to pass on your knowledge to children and older players. That’s important when it comes to your chances of picking up a coaching role with a local team or football academy.

There is an increasing demand for qualified coaches across the football landscape in England, not to mention the requirement to maintain certificates such as your First Aid and Safeguarding.

It can open a door to a whole new career

If your ultimate dream is to work at a professional club, then there is no shortcutting. You can’t just skip to the UEFA B or A licence. Every coach has to start at the very bottom with their FA Level 1, be they Marco Silva of Everton Football Club or Mark Silver of Hackney Common Rovers under 12s.

The point we’re making is that coaching qualifications are a must if you want to turn the dream of coaching for a living into a reality. They open doors that will otherwise remain closed and show that you have the dedication and drive to succeed as a coach.

Kick start your coaching career, by contacting your local We Make Footballers today!

How coaching can make you a happier person

One of the most compelling arguments for becoming a football coach is the happiness and lifestyle that comes with taking up the role. It should go without saying really – if you love football, how could actually being paid to do something you love not make you happier?

It isn’t just opinion that football coaching will make you happier either – there is a lot of established scientific theory behind it. With that in mind, we’re going to list the facts which prove that football coaching can make you happier.


You’ll be doing something you love with football

A paper released by Jennifer Aaker, Cassie Mogilner and Melanie Rudd, in 2010 suggested that it isn’t money that makes you happy, but time. More specifically, finding more time to do something you love.

Now, the reason many of us don’t have enough time to do the stuff we love is because we’re working. Working can take up to 40/50hours a week (23-29% of your time) and sleeping takes up 56hours of your time (33%), leaving you with little left to do what you love. If, however, you love football and that is your full-time job, then you are going to be working doing something you love, which is going to make you a much happier person.


You’ll be spending more time outside coaching

Did you know that working outside is a real boost for happiness? Among the many benefits that having your office in the great outdoors can bring are reduced stress, lower blood pressure and an improved immune system. Increased access to fresh and clean air can also give your brain a boost, resulting in increased productivity, focus and creativity across all aspects of your life. It can even extend your life expectancy as a result.

If you’ve got a healthier body, a healthier mind and are going to live for a lot longer, then how could you not be happy? Spending every day coaching out and about will therefore make you that much happier.

You’ll be getting a lot more exercise and healthier

Being a football coach is a very active pastime. Not only are you demonstrating, playing the game, but you’re managing a lot of kids with endless reserves of energy. Managing different age groups of children, managing parents and coaches requires you to be hyper social and active during your days.

This is great news for you though as increased exercise is proven to lead to improved mood. When we exercise, our brains release endorphins which help to combat stress and create a feeling of euphoria. It’s often referred to as “runners high” because of the feel-good factor you experience after the exercise.

It’s rewarding to impact players and coaches everyday

Our brains are pretty complex pieces of equipment, take the reward pathway for example.

It’s connected to the areas of the brain that control memory and behaviour, releasing a feel-good hormone called dopamine whenever we do something that makes others feel good. This is where the positive feelings whenever we do something rewarding come from.

Football coaching is one of the most rewarding pastimes out there and when you’re teaching children new skills, helping them improve as players, creating pathways in football for players and coaches and making a genuine difference to their lives.

We hope that after reading this, you’re excited to start or continue you’re coaching and being a happy person who contributes positively to society. If you’re looking for a coaching opportunity, We Make Footballers work with coaches of all levels and experience – apply today to join the WMF family!

FA Coaching Level 1 Qualification Training Course Content

In order to begin a successful coaching career, you will first need to start learning what it takes to be a coach. The FA’s coaching system is not only an excellent place to begin to put together your coaching career, but it is also the mandated route for the vast majority of coaching roles. Broken down over 8 guided face-to-face workshops and three e-learning modules, the course is run by local football associations all over the country. These courses are usually laid on over weekends, and allow those who already have a full-time career the chance to pursue a career in coaching.

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course will give you an insight into many areas of the game and is a great starting place for would-be coaches. For those who wish to develop a career as one of our coaches, the course is a fantastic introduction to the game and a vital element to becoming a professional coach.

The Course Itself

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course is very much meant as an introduction to coaching the game of football. The course works to give you an initial knowledge of the game and how to coach it. The course is aimed at those who will be working with children but is suitable for use right through the age spectrum.

The focus on children is highlighted by the inclusion of a safeguarding children workshop that is one of the final steps required in order to pass level 1. Once you have completed the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, you will be able to work in a variety of settings in order to enhance your skills. The course is the first step on the FA’s core coaching pathway and should set you on your way to developing as a coach. As you progress, you will be able to take further courses that will enable you to broaden your skills and develop further.

The course is broken down into the following 8 workshops:

Workshop 1 & 2 – Build a practice

The initial session will give you an overview of what is to come in the course. It will also provide an overview of coaching, the game of football, how the game is played in England specifically and how to begin building practice sessions for your players.

Workshop 3 & 4 – Develop a practice

Workshops 3 & 4 lead on from the first block. First of all, you will review what you learned in the first session, and then you will begin to develop your knowledge of the game to a deeper level. This session is the first in which you will encounter the term EnglandDNA – which has become a way of guiding certain principles of play. This second set of workshops go into deeper technical components of the game and should give you a deeper understanding of the game as it is played in England. You will also develop a practice for your players.




Workshop 5 & 6 – Extend a practice

The third set of workshops is centred on putting all that you have learned so far into practice. First off, you will review the previous block of workshops to ensure a complete understanding, you will then move onto more holistic areas of coaching – such as managing yourself, your players and even their parents on a match day. This is actually a vital component of success in coaching and is linked to the wider theme of this workshop which is what goes on around the game as well as the game itself. Coaches are vital in ensuring that not only are teams successful, they are also well looked after.




Workshop 7 & 8 – FA Safeguarding Children & FA Level 1 Intro to First Aid in Football

The final set of workshops concentrate on another important facet of the game: safeguarding. The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football allows you to work with children from the age of 7. Clearly, there are specific concerns and responsibilities that coaches are able to help with outside of the game. Often coaches are trusted individuals for children, and it is important that coaches learn about their roles and responsibilities when it comes to the children in their care. This is a big part of our own belief system, and we work hard to ensure that the children in the care of our coaches are well looked after.




What This Means For You

In order to get your coaching career off of the ground, you will need to gain the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football. You will need to contact your local football association who will let you know when courses are being run in your area. Your local football association will also be able to give you information on what is going on in your area, and can even help you to find a team to play for if you were looking for a game yourself.

If you are looking to take up the challenge and excitement of a career in football coaching then we can help. Our model helps you to set up on your own and create a successful coaching career, backed by a trusted brand who can help you to make a success of your newly chosen career. Whether you want to switch careers, or are just looking for a way to earn a little more money, our flexible options put you in control of your career. Football coaching is so rewarding, and by becoming a professional coach, you can help the next generation of footballers reach the top. So get in touch today and talk to us about starting your new and exciting football coaching career today.

Running a franchise business

Everything you need to know

Running a franchise business has many advantages over compared with starting up a
completely new company from scratch. You’ll have access to a proven business model, a well-
known name and reputation to trade from. In addition, the need for publicity work will be
reduced and, perhaps most encouragingly of all, franchises actually have a better success rate
than independent start-ups.

Still, as with any business, there is an element of risk attached to becoming your own boss,
even with the support of a franchise. Moreover, a complete understanding of the franchise
opportunity will be key to your success as a business person.

If you’re looking to move into the world of franchising, then the key elements to consider are
what you are getting into, who you are working with, if the partnership is a right fit and what you
plan to get out of it. Here are some of the most important points you need to consider before
running a franchise business.

 


How much will it cost?

Even the richest of people must be aware of how much a new business venture is going to cost
them before making such an important investment.

The total investment required to get a franchise business off the ground can vary, but generally
you are expected to have the funds to pay franchisor fees, purchase costs, your opening
inventory and the amount of working capital necessary before breaking even.

Understanding the costs is vital to the success of the business, as you don’t want to run out of
money when you are on the brink of success. It’s important to ask questions and ensure that the
franchisor is proactive in supplying you with the full information regarding the franchise
opportunity.

Another step regarding the cost of a franchise will be planning the financing of the business. Will
you be taking out a business loan and where from? Many franchisors have partnerships with
banks and institutions that can help you get funding at better rates. That often means that until
an entrepreneur speaks to a franchise, they don’t realise how affordable it can be.


How much time will you have to invest?

Some entrepreneurs believe that because they have the support and back up of an established
business behind them, they are effectively managers and not business owners. Remember that
running a franchise business is not a shortcut to success – although it sure is a fantastic model
the franchisee running it will be essential to the success of the business.

Most franchises will ask you to put as much time into your business as if it were your own start
up. Investing time into a business is also a form of cost. When you join an industry, you should
be passionate and it ought to be an opportunity that excites you.

Understanding exactly how to start the business as a franchisee and what is involved in the
daily running of a franchise is a must. If you are unsure of the amount of time that you can

contribute to the business, it’s a good idea to ask the franchisor if you can run the business on a
part-time or full-time basis or if there are any services that can be outsourced. This can make
your life a whole lot easier and save you valuable time.

Take some time to think about the industry you are getting into. If it’s a franchise that is in higher
demand at certain times of the year, such as school holidays or weekends, then understanding
that you’ll be required to work harder during those peak periods.

Always be clear from the outset of the commitment and time that is necessary to make the
franchise a success.


What is the franchisor like?

When you join a franchise, you will be bound by a proven business model and specific
processes. In order to establish a long and successful relationship, understanding as much as
possible regarding the franchisor is essential to ensure they are a good fit for you personally.
Look at how long a company has been in business, their success rates and the existing
franchisees network. If there is a remarkably high turnaround rate in franchise owners then ask
yourself– why that is?

Talk to the franchisor to get a feel of what they can offer and talk to other franchisee owners if
possible. You could even visit a franchise as a customer to learn more from an end-user
perspective. Think about the support and service you require based on your skillset and if the
franchisor is able to provide it. The more research and information you gather regarding the
franchisor and the business opportunity, the easier it can be to make a decision.


What kind of support will the franchisor give?

Knowing that you won’t be alone, solely responsible for a business, is one of the biggest allures
of being part of a franchise network – but it’s only good if you know the amount of support and
service you are going to be receiving from the franchisor.

Asking for help is one of the hardest things that we have to do in general, let alone when it
comes to the world of business. But if you know that the franchisor is ready and willing to help
and will do everything in their power to help you succeed, it becomes a little easier.

The franchise business model largely depends on the success of each franchisee; the most
successful franchises provide excellent support and work to have great relationships with each
franchisee, then the business is more likely to succeed. Based on this principle, the more the
franchisor invests in the franchise network, the more they will grow as a brand.


Ultimately, what is your goal for your franchise business?

Perhaps the most important thing to consider before running your own franchise business is if it
can help you in your general life goals and achievements.

Have you set up the franchise because it is your dream job and you want to run it until
retirement age? Will the franchise run alongside your current work as a part-time business

opportunity? Does the franchise represent a way for you to get started in an industry that you
are passionate about?

The clearer you are about what you aim to achieve– in the short-term, medium-term and long-
term–the easier it will be to run your franchise business and decide if the opportunity suits you.


Join a successful football franchise today

We Make Footballers are a football coaching franchise that are passionate about empowering
individuals to work in an industry they love, whilst achieving their financial and personal goals.
Our part-time and full-time franchise opportunities are available for coaches and business
people from all backgrounds.