Future 50 List
David Batch
Premier Sports

Making a difference to both the health and welfare of young people in schools, but also to those who have left education and not found jobs, Premier Sports has continued its rapid growth in 2011.

The Shropham–based company has franchised coaching staff across the country running sports sessions for thousands of youngsters.

As part of the government's Future Jobs Fund, they have targeted the NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) 'market' and recruited 330 young people.

Of these, 269 completed the six month placement and 52pc were retained in further employment of some kind

The business has a record of rapid growth and operates under the belief that success outweighs failure and that there needs to be an appetite for risk, said founder David Batch.

The number of 'franchised territories' around the UK has risen to 90, with another eight pending and a 2012 target of 124.

There has been international expansion into India and Australia via new 'master franchises', while the Golden Mile physical activity product, as featured in the EDP, will move to schools nationally and has been purchased by an Olympic sponsor as an employee activation scheme across the UK.

The Golden Mile challenge was created to help raise fitness levels among children, by giving them a chance to walk, run or jog around a track and aim to reach a 50–mile mark in a school year.

Mr Batch said the business also aimed to create new products to service a developing market, establish international markets and continue business growth by a further 20pc.

Location: Shropham
Sector: Education/ training
Turnover: £4.4m (2010)
Staff: 90 'franchised territories'
Website: www.premiersport.org
success outweighs failure and that there needs to be an appetite for risk