November 30, 2011 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, CA – One of the nation’s most successful programs for growing the game of golf among youngsters has reached a milestone with the awarding of its 50th franchise.
TGA Premier Junior Golf, a youth development program and the country’s only national after-school enrichment junior golf program, recently announced the latest franchise purchased by Dustin Cottingham, in East Montgomery County, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“The signing of our 50th franchise is a testament to our team for developing a scalable franchised business model and culture that has created a brand synonymous with youth sports and education,” said Joshua Jacobs, founder and CEO of TGA Premier Junior Golf.”
TGA offers a fast growing franchise opportunity for self-starters who enjoy working with children in a business venture that provides a unique entry into youth sports, education, and the golf industry. Earlier this year, TGA was selected as one of the "Top 10 Best Franchise Deals" by Entrepreneur magazine.
During these tough economic times when starting up a small business can be difficult, TGA has developed an affordable and sustainable business model. This one of a kind model has become a successful initiative that is changing the landscape of how sports industries such as golf can increase growth and participation while positively impacting kids.
“During the past four years and the current economic time, it is important to provide business ownership opportunities and jobs that can affect and influence our youth while impacting our communities and the golf industry,” Jacobs said. “It is very rewarding to continue growing and have such a positive affect on schools, families, and entrepreneurs across the country.”
TGA is now operating in 23 states with more than 2,000 schools offering after-school programs. In 2011 TGA also conducted 650 summer camps across the country. The future growth and success of the popular youth development company is assured, as TGA is planning significant expansion, domestically and internationally, over the next few years.
Sherman Leland, a multiple TGA franchise owner in the San Francisco area, and a past franchise business owner, believes TGA has developed an excellent affordable business ownership opportunity.
“I have been a multiple franchise owner with TGA for three years and in the franchise business for over 5 years. The positive growth from the early stages of TGA is only due to the great programs that each franchise runs and the dedication of the founders to really go beyond their own capabilities to build a wonderful company,” Leland said. “The business model is very successful, even during these tough economic times.”
Kevin Rooney, who owns TGA territories in Westchester County, New York and Bergen County, New Jersey, was the youngest franchise owner in the company at just 22 years old five years ago. Since then, TGA has guided him to becoming one of the top franchises in the company.
“Becoming a business owner, and the youngest TGA franchise owner, was definitely overwhelming as I had to overcome obstacles that most young adults my age do not have. TGA provided all of the necessary tools to help me overcome some of the early challenges. I can’t think of a better investment or career opportunity,” said Rooney. “As golf continues to struggle to increase participation, I feel TGA has quickly become part of a bigger movement for the future, providing convenient and affordable avenues for parents and their kids to get into the game.”
The path to franchise ownership is a simple turnkey situation with TGA providing prospective owners with all the necessary information and guidance to establish a territory. Franchise fees average $17,000 per unit depending on the population of the desired territory and average household income.
TGA Premier Junior Golf is an affordable franchise opportunity for self-starters who enjoy working with children in a business venture that provides a unique entry into youth sports, education, and the golf industry. TGA makes golf affordable and accessible to the masses directly through Physical Education and Afterschool Enrichment Programs at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community based organizations, as well as transitioning students to golf courses through camps, clinics and private lessons.
TGA, which was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top 10 Best Franchise Deal, moved up in the Magazine’s Franchise 500 rankings from No. 450 in 2009 to No. 319 in 2010. TGA was also ranked 4th among Children’s Fitness Franchises.
TGA is a national supporting organization of the After School Alliance and Lights on After School and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness, Golf Coaches Association, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports. TGA’s curriculums are also approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA) under the Rules of Amateur Status.
For more information about TGA franchises, visit www.franchisetga.com and www.golftga.com.
TGA Premier Junior Golf
Joshua Jacobs – Founder and CEO
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