Former Youth Support Worker Launches Franchise Business In Leeds

In July, a father-of-four who spent a decade supporting young people with problems ranging from drug abuse to homelessness, took on a new challenge – to make sport his business in a bid to inspire today’s children with a passion for fitness.

Chris Bradshaw, 37, who lives in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, made the break to turn his passion for sport into a career and take on his own business under the wing of the UK’s biggest coaching company, Premier Sport - and is now offering free sports taster sessions to schools across the region.

Chris will be working across outer West, South and outer East Leeds, covering the Pudsey, Farsley, Stanningley, Calverley areas, Holbeck, Hunslet, Beeston, Middleton, Cottingley and Morley, and Halton, Scholes, Garforth, Rothwell, Kippax, Oulton, Great Preston and Mickelfield areas, offering PE coaching both in and out of school hours as well as holiday camps, breakfast, lunch and after school clubs with a team of coaches in up to 21 different sports under the Premier Sport umbrella.

He has spent the last 10 years working as a Connexions Personal Advisor, based in the centre of Leeds, at City of Leeds High School and Leeds West Academy. His role was to provide intensive support and guidance to young people with complex needs including drug and alcohol misuse, crime, homelessness, neglect and low aspirations.

Chris, a qualified football, athletics, gymnastics, cricket, racket sports and basketball coach and a gym instructor, has spent time working in the USA as a PE teacher and has recently undergone intensive training with Premier Sport.

“I passionately believe that if a child develops an interest in sport and an active lifestyle, this can be taken forward into the rest of their lives. Learning and developing new skills is an essential part of personal development – which sport can promote.

"This leads to increased confidence, leadership, teamwork and a healthier lifestyle. No matter how far a child goes with sport, an interest at any level is of benefit to their health and future well-being.”

Chris is already delivering lunch clubs five days a week in multi-sports at Ingram Road Primary and at Hunslet Moor Primary. At Templenewsam Halton Primary, he runs multi-skills clubs after school, and at Lowtown Primary he delivers both dodgeball and multisport clubs, and also held two summer holiday multisport camps at the school in August.