As organizations across North America begin reopening, our Franchise Support Team has been working hard to prepare our franchise partners for the return to on-field programming. The safety and well-being of children participating in Soccer Shots and our coaches across North America is our number one priority. To that end, we’re taking measures to ensure that our coaches are equipped to keep our players and themselves safe. Additionally, it’s our commitment to continue to provide quality, educational and fun experiences, which is what youth sports should always be. We’re excited to return to play and business in a responsible way, and I’d like to share the ways we’re doing that.
Our Product Development Team has thoroughly modified our curriculum and operating procedures to best accommodate the practices endorsed by public health officials. We’ve also created a health and safety course, specific to our current situation, that all Soccer Shots coaches will be required to complete prior to returning to on-field coaching.
During our sessions our coaches will:
- Avoid high-fives, fist bumps and unnecessary physical contact
- Wear a face covering if their state/province and/or local jurisdiction requires or recommends doing so
- Use rings, spots or orange cones as “home base” to keep children spread out when possible
- Be the only one to clean up and put away equipment, like cones and goals
- Remind children about the importance of keeping safe distances when practicing skills
- Avoid the use of pinnies
Coaches will sanitize all equipment before and after each session and will monitor their body temperatures daily. When possible, we encourage smaller group sizes and/or larger field setups to allow for the distancing of participants and observers.
We are also requesting families that observe sessions follow these guidelines for the health and safety of other families and our coaches:
- Wash or sanitize hands before entering Soccer Island
- Adhere to state and/or local jurisdiction regarding face covering requirements
- Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others that do not live in your household
- Stay home when sick and keep children home from soccer if they are sick
- If participating in a Mini session (ages 2-3), we ask that only one family member per child be present on Soccer Island
We will continue to closely monitor all communication from the CDC and WHO, as well as local authorities, for safety updates. As we learn more, and if needed, we’ll adjust our operations accordingly. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for children to enjoy Soccer Shots, with friends, in a safe environment.
Additionally, our team knows how important it is to provide the proper support for our franchise partners to relaunch their businesses as a strong, unified community. In addition to the safety precautions and training we are providing, we have been providing enhanced marketing support, business planning and coaching, resources on how to utilize and manage CARES Act funds and prepare for launch. We have created a second internal website specific to all things relaunch to house all support and training materials with real-time updates. Our Franchise Support Team is in constant communication with our franchise partners via video calls, community-wide webinars, email and text. We’re excited to get back to business on Soccer Island in both our existing territories, as well as new territories with candidates interested in launching their own Soccer Shots businesses.
As the world starts to open back up, we appreciate your continued interest in the Soccer Shots franchise opportunity and look forward to continued growth and success.
CEO, Soccer Shots Franchising