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10 years and counting!

May 11, 2016

Progressive Sports officially celebrated its 10th Anniversary in April, which was a very proud moment personally and for everyone involved.

It all started back in April 2006, when I took the plunge to set-up Progressive Sports following a number of years of employment as a sports coach. I knew when I took that first step into the world of business ownership, that it somehow felt just right and like it was meant to be – I always knew I would run my own company one day. 

The business was operated from a bedroom at my parent’s house, with a handful of school contracts, one employee - Shaun Rashid (who later re-joined the company as the Franchise Manager) and without too much of a detailed business plan, just a desire to work hard and see where it took me.

We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, but the road towards success, has its fair share of bumps and twists in the road, but that is where all the learning happens and a desire to discover a better way of doing things has always been a focus.

There’s been some key milestones over the years that have contributed to the growth of the company, from taking on our first franchisee, to reaching our 20th school customer, to moving into our own offices, to staff taking on more responsibility. It’s been a combination of a number of things, all glued together by a strong company culture to ensure that we have an impact on the lives of the children through sport.

The year on year growth that we’ve achieved over the last 10 years has helped is become the first choice for over 70 local schools and over 200 nationally. We've established a network of over 16 franchisees across the UK, who teach over 60,000 children per week across the country and have created 100's of jobs.

It’s been a great ride so far and we’ve no plans to slow down and are better placed than we’ve ever been, to continue to impact on the lives of children through sport in schools and communities throughout the UK.

Finally, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everybody that has been involved in our journey over the last 10 years, you know who you are and you’ve helped us to achieve my dream of running my own business.

Thanks for reading.

Eddie Ray - MD & Founder


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