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here. But what if you could run a sports camp for kids, earn money through the summer and come back to school in September as a fledgling entrepreneur? Sounds better than playing Call Of Duty all summer right? I thought so. Who knows, 20 years from now you may be pointing at Chelsea’s No 9 and saying: “He learned those football skills at my summer camp”.

Why the idea works

A summer sports club for children is a great first business idea because it’s a seasonal business run for a limited time. It helps parents by giving kids something healthy and social to do during the summer - something their parents would encourage. Rather than watching television and eating junk food all day, they’ll be outside in fresh air having a summer they’ll never forget.

Location, location, location

Firstly, you need to consider where to hold your camp. A local park is a good idea but



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o more lessons in school, no more revising, and no more stressing over exams - which you’ve hopefully passed! Sounds like summertime is

you must inform the council as without their approval it would be illegal. School

playgrounds are another possibility as during the summer these are a bit like a ghost town. Get permission from the school as you’ll need to gain access; there may be a fee. The size of your location should reflect the number of children you are looking to enlist; a park space the size of Old Trafford isn’t necessary for 30 children.

Two hands are better than one

Running a camp for children definitely requires more than one person. If a sports camp is what you are offering, you’ll need qualified coaches for credibility. That will also bump up your costs. DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks, until recently known CRB checks, will be necessary too. These are a legal requirement to ensure people are suitable to work with children. Training in first aid is also a must.

A few basics

Your camp won’t attract attention without marketing. Posters and flyers around town, and using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, are all ways to get the news out. Word-of-mouth is also great – ask your

Could you run a successful sports camp for kids? Read on to find out what it takes

parents and friends to spread the news. Remember that without consent from

parents, your summer camp is a non-starter. On your permission slips include the start and finish time of the camp, as well whether they need a packed lunch, change of clothes and so on. Running a football camp requires very little;

all you need are footballs, cones, posts and bibs. These items can either be purchased or rented from a local school. ■


Make a list of all your costs – your coaches, the park and equipment fees. With this to hand you can come up with a reasonable price. Again, find out what similar camps charge. You don’t want to charge astronomical prices. Remember, it’s a football camp for kids run by you – a school pupil or uni student - not Cristiano Ronaldo.

Money matters

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