With child obesity rates at an all-time high, parents are pouring more money than ever into fitness and exercise programs for their children. Franchising has been closely following this trend, with dozens of new sports and fitness concepts coming onto the scene each year, as well as many established child services franchise companies launching new and exciting programs.
Franchise opportunities in the child fitness industry come in many different varieties – from general exercise programs for babies and toddlers, to specific sports training including soccer, golf, tennis, and swimming – and just plain fun concepts like trampoline parks!
Franchise Business Review surveyed hundreds of franchisees from dozens of child fitness brands to help identify the Top Sports & Fitness Franchises for Kids based exclusively on the satisfaction and reviews of actual franchise owners.
Here are our Top 10 picks for 2017:
||Soccer Shots burst onto the franchise scene in 2005 and has quickly grown to over 200 territories nationally – taking youth soccer training to whole new level. With the highest franchisee satisfaction in the category, Soccer Shots offers a relatively low overall startup costs, and a solid return on your investment. According to their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), average owner income is over $90,000 which is well above average for child fitness industry. LEARN MORE.
Startup investment: $36,000 – $42,000
||TGA Premier Sports offers three related but separate franchise opportunities – TGA Premier Junior Golf, TGA Premier Youth Tennis, and TGA Premier Sports, which offers sports instructional programs in flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, and even cheerleading.
Startup investment: $16,300 – $67,350
||One of the more unique concepts on our list, APEX Fun Run organizes fundraising events for schools, while teaching students about health, fitness, and leadership. APEX started franchising in 2012 and now has nearly 100 locations throughout the U.S., with plans to open approximately 30 more in the next year.
Startup investment: $65,500 – $98,200
||KidsPark promises to keep children “running, jumping, and wiggling” with their custom activity programs. Their centers offer drop-in child care, preschool programs, and private parties for children ages 2 – 12 years old. KidsPark has 18 locations across 9 states.
Startup investment: $185,000 – $340,000
||Amazing Athletes brings the fun directly to kids with their mobile business focused on educational sports and fitness programs for children ages 2 – 6 years old. Classes are offered at schools, community centers, churches, and daycare centers. LEARN MORE.
Startup investment: $25,000 – $55,650
||With the lowest startup costs on our list, Baby Boot Camp offers fitness programs specifically targeted at new moms and pregnant women. Many of their franchisees are new moms themselves, that enjoy the lifestyle flexibility that a Baby Boot Camp franchise affords.
Startup investment: $4,570 – $10,800
||For the serious franchise investor, Goldfish Swim School offers a compelling business opportunity. While their overall startup costs can exceed $2M, their average swim school produces impressive annual revenue of nearly $1.7M.
Startup investment: $1,364,033 – $2,244,200
||Franchising since 1992, The Little Gym is the most mature brand on our list with over 200 locations nationwide. The Little Gym offers classes, parties, and camps for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old.
Startup investment: $157,750 – $377,000
||One of the newest franchise opportunities on our top franchise list this year, Rockin’ Jump started franchising just five years ago and has quickly grown to nearly 50 locations. Opening one of their trampoline parks requires some significant capital, but the financial performance of their facilities is quite impressive.
Startup investment: $1,404,000 – $2,907,500
||One of two swim schools on our list this year, British Swim School keeps their investment costs low by leasing pool space rather than owning a facility. For entrepreneurs looking to get into the swim training business without a significant investment of capital, British Swim School may be a good fit.
Startup investment: $92,200 – $289,500
Regardless of which franchise business you choose to invest in, be sure to do your homework. Talk to franchisees and ask them the hard questions. Are they getting the support they need from corporate? Does their business model provide a competitive advantage? Are they optimistic about their growth and the future growth of the brand? For a complete listing of today’s top franchise opportunities, visit our 2017 Top Franchises awards list.
At the end of the day, your success in franchising will ultimately be up to you. Owning any business requires a lot of hard work, and while franchising offers a proven model and support, it’s not a “silver bullet”. Find a business that gets you excited to go to work everyday – and then work hard to make that business successful. We wish you all the best!