Catch-a-balls Franchises

Established in 2009 by Heather Horler, Catch-a-balls is a family-run friendly business that runs multi-sport classes designed to develop critical movement and ball-handling skills in pre-school children.

The Catch-a-balls franchise opportunity is suitable for self-motivated individuals who want to run a profitable family friendly business and have an interest in educating young children in the field of sporting activities.

You don’t need a sporting or education background or have experience of running a business. You do need to be reasonably active and have the ability to bond with children!

We are well recognised within the children’s care industry and regularly nominated by our customers for industry awards.

We operate in the belief that children should:whats-on-4-croppedlogonew-juniorawards-178x175

  • Believe in their own personal worth and achievement,
  • Be nurtured to develop their skills in a suitable way,
  • See sport and fitness as a pleasurable part of a healthy lifestyle,
  • We provide an environment where everyone can learn and not be side-lined if they are not the best and we recognise every child’s progress.

By joining our Catch-a-balls franchise, you will benefit from our established reputation.


Why sports classes?

So why sports classes?

0Z5A4296Research shows that teaching our children to be active and enjoy sports is one of the keys to their long term physical and mental health. Sports help develop life skills such as sportsmanship and how to control aggression. It also reduces adolescent social problems so there is good justification for pre-school children to be taught ball-handling and movement skills.

Children have a ‘window of opportunity’ to learn most of the fundamental movement skills (FMS) by age 8 i.e. before their movement skill is embedded. FMS include running, jumping, hopping, skipping, kicking, catching and throwing.

Some of us can remember with dread not being able to catch consistently and the resultant fear school team sports could instil. However, this can be avoided. Developing fundamental movement skills is not innate. Young children should be guided to ensure these skills are learnt.

If achieved, children can go on to maintain higher fitness levels by leading a more active lifestyle especially helpful throughout the confidence challenging period of adolescence.

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We are different from other children activities’ groups. We focus on the children as individuals and on their specific development needs.

Our classes focus on developing good ball and racquet skills, using both hands and feet (left & right!) to enable the children to go on and enjoy the sport of their choice. Until you have seen a toddler playing volleyball, you won’t believe it is possible!!!

Is a Catch-a-balls Franchise for you?

The Catch-a-balls franchise opportunity is suitable for self-motivated individuals who want to run a profitable family friendly business and have an interest in educating young children in the field of sporting activities.IMG_2815

You don’t need a sporting or education background or have experience of running a business. You do need to be reasonably active and have the ability to bond with children!

This business is ideally suited to parents as the work can be scheduled around school terms, and during school hours.0Z5A4427

You can run weekday or weekend classes, provide sessions to nurseries and schools. Additionally you can provide activities at children’s birthday parties. How much you do is up to you, and the amount of income you want to generate. With nearly 4 million pre-school age children in the UK of which the majority attend between 1 and 3 activity classes per week, the market is huge!

What our package includes

Our typical franchise package includes:

  • A 5 year contact for the franchise,
  • Full training;
  • Examples of lesson plans;
  • Catch-a-balls kit – for yourself, your coaches and to run the classes;
  • Website content and social media suggestions – which is tailored to meet your needs in your area;
  • A marketing tool kit with template of fliers, postcards, email communications and more;
  • Business advice services that covers accounts, insurance, and policies support;
  • Assistance for venue selection, coach recruitment, bookings system and all the other nuts and bolts of running a business.

You will never walk alone! Advice and support would only be a phone call away.

What our current Franchisees and Coaches say about Catch-a-balls

Roz Clark our franchisee in Thames Ditton and Surbiton says this about working with Catch-a-balls: “I started coaching Catch-a-Balls classes in September 2011, working in Thames Ditton & Molesey. In 2012 I took on KT6 & KT7 as franchises & have built up the classes.  I aim to make my classes  fun packed with lots of laughter, children are never made to feel they cannot achieve & always receive plenty of praise throughout each class._DSC5749 - Version 2

“I believe that introducing children to the world of sport & healthy living at a young age is the first step towards them seeing sport as fun & part of a healthy lifestyle, not just something they are made to do at school.

“I can see that Catch-a-Balls develops so many essential skills for young children, for example, their motor skills, social skills, ability to listen to instructions & experience both success & failure all in a comfortable & fun environment.”

IMG_2869Kathryn Smith our coach in Claygate and Teddington started coaching with Catch-a-balls nearly 4 years ago, she describes it as “fantastic opportunity to work with children predominately term time basis.”

Kathryn added: The coaching is well structured with comprehensive lesson plans but with flexibility to decide what works particularly well with each class. Each child is unique and we are able to spend time individually getting to know them and their parents /carers. 

The satisfaction with the job really comes down to seeing the children grow both in their ‘sporting’ ability but also in the confidence to try new things and make new friends. The difference you see in each child being able to follow instructions and focus even after a couple of weeks is amazing. 

It is such a rewarding job and the children bring a smile to my face every class.” 

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