Dragons Den star backs soccer scheme

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A scheme which could see entrepreneurs from March make big money from football has received the backing of a top TV personality and businessman.

Doug Richard, one of the original stars of hit BBC show Dragon’s Den, is the head of School For Startups, an organisation that is acting as delivery partner for the Leisure Leagues Franchise Scheme, opening up the chance of starting a football business running community leagues to anyone of working age in the UK.

Leisure Leagues are the UK’s largest provider of 5 and 6 a side community football leagues, and have been offering franchises in their leagues for a number of years. They have been working with a number of organisations who were helping unlock funding for people who were interested in starting their own business, but that was only open to people aged between 18-30.

The move to School For Start Ups brings with it tremendous advantages as Leisure Leagues Franchise Director Andy Taylor explains: “We are tremendously excited to have a partner with the standing and connections that School For Startups bring. The fact that they offer loans to anyone of working age is of massive importance to us. It is a key belief of Leisure Leagues that our leagues should be open to everyone, and we feel exactly the same way about the franchise scheme. Now we can make it truly inclusive.”

Anyone who signs up for the Leisure Leagues Franchise Scheme can look forward to a bespoke training scheme programme tailored around you and a lifetime of mentoring and support from a dedicated team. This is in addition to School For Startups one-day bootcamp, online community and mentoring at no cost, with Andy summing up the ethos: “With our brand renowned across Europe and the world, when you couple this with our experience of running leagues over 20 years and School For Start Ups also providing all their skills too, there has never been a better time to see whether you can get on the football gravy train.

Anyone who wants to find out some more information about the Leisure Leagues Franchise Scheme can do so by going to www.leisureleagues.net or contacting Andy Taylor at andytaylor@leisureleagues.net