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The Little Gym

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The Little Gym concept is born as Robin Wes opens his first gym

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The Little Gym begins franchising

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Over 300 locations in 25 countries

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Expansion reaches six continents with European locations in 12 countries

Growing by

Leaps & Bounds

After decades of research and hands-on experience, The Little Gym® has more than 350 fun franchises worldwide.

 

Growing Skill

WORLDWIDE

Team up with The Little Gym Europe and become an owner of a franchise for kids and bring ‘Serious Fun’ to the children in your own community!

 

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Awards accent-award

Year after year, The Little Gym has been recognized both domestically and internationally as a franchise leader in our industry. While we're proud of every award that we've received, here are a few that make us exceptionally proud:

Top 500 Franchises
2017 & 2016 Entrepreneur

Top 50 Franchise Satisfaction Award
2017 Franchise Business Review

Best Fitness Franchise
2017 & 2016 FranchiseRankings.com

Top 200 Franchises
2017 Franchise Business Review

Top Personal Service Franchise
2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

Franchising's Fastest-Growing Global Brands
2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

Best Global Children’s Centre
2015 Wealth & Finance International

Top 50 Military Franchises for Vets
2014 USA Today




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Meet the Team

 

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CEO The Little Gym® Europe

Alexander de Wit

Every The Little Gym owner has a unique story, however there is a common thread. Most of our owners already have a successful business career. They came to The Little Gym as parents, fell in love with The Little Gym concept, and wanted to share it with other children around the world.


I discovered The Little Gym while working as a consultant at McKinsey. In my career, I had always been passionate about managing talent, developing teams, and unleashing people’s potential. With The Little Gym, I found a way to not just help entrepreneurs reach their potential, but also to make a positive difference in the community.


I remember the first time I walked into a The Little Gym class. The children’s eyes sparkled. They had huge grins, and there was a joy and excitement that was unforgettable. At The Little Gym Europe, we are passionate about helping owners across Europe have that same experience, and giving franchisees the opportunity to nurture and grow children in their communities.


Today, we have 48 gyms in Europe run by an incredible group of people that care deeply for the children and parents visiting each week. And our network will continue to grow – but only as we find more of the right people. People that are passionate about growing a generation of strong and happy children – all while making their little eyes sparkle with joy.


We are family at The Little Gym, and at The Little Gym Europe we care deeply for our franchisees. Part of my job is to make sure that we provide franchisees in Europe with the strongest possible support. Read on to meet some of the team that will support you on your journey to open your own The Little Gym franchise.

Chief Operations & Marketing Officer

Sabrina Polakoff

My journey with The Little Gym is definitely unique. I wasn’t a The Little Gym parent or an instructor. I had been an international management executive, working for some of the biggest luxury beauty and fashion companies in the world including the Gucci Group, L’Oreal Group and VF corporation.


After working in the corporate world for many years, I decided to break out on my own. I wanted my independence, and I also wanted to feel like I was making a positive difference. I started designing natural scents based on essential oils. One day, The Little Gym asked me to create an all-natural signature scent that could be diffused in gyms across Europe. What I didn’t realise is that creating a scent for The Little Gym would change my future so dramatically.



Today, I’m the Chief Operations & Marketing Officer at The Little Gym Europe, applying my experience to build The Little Gym brand in Europe and support franchisees. Every day, I come to the office thinking ‘How can I support our owners with new initiatives to develop their business?’


I have the chance to work with an amazing team at The Little Gym Europe, a team that is passionate about supporting our franchisees. We are committed to making sure your experience with The Little Gym is positive – from your first call to our sales manager, to becoming a franchisee and starting to live your dreams, to using our state of the art tools to make your job easier and allow you to focus on your business.

Chief Financial Officer

Anne Ferraro


Many of our franchisees across Europe start their The Little Gym journey as a The Little Gym parent. My career with The Little Gym Europe started the same way.


My son was a baby when we joined The Little Gym Waterloo in Belgium. I loved The Little Gym, it was my special time with my child. No distractions, just a blissful hour together. I enjoyed seeing him discover the world, experience bright colours, music, movement, and other children. And I loved the nurturing attitude of the teachers, they were really something special.


I’d worked in finance for international companies, such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Levi Strauss and Proximus, for many years. However, I didn’t want to re-enter the corporate world after my son was born. I wanted to have a different professional experience, both for myself and my family.


One day, I received an email from The Little Gym Europe. The email went out to all members in Belgium. They were looking for a Chief Financial Officer. I knew instantly that this was the job I wanted. That was in early 2015 and I’m fortunate every day to be associated with the success story of The Little Gym Europe.


Today, I enjoy giving franchisees support and advice on financial matters related to their franchise. The Little Gym is about making a difference to children and families. My job is about making a difference to you – partnering to help you optimise your business operations and run a successful The Little Gym franchise.

Business & Training Manager

Coly Los Banos


The Little Gym was made for me. Or I was born for it. I know that it was one of the two.


I discovered The Little Gym after finishing a degree in Elementary Education. I saw an ad in the newspaper for an instructor role at The Little Gym Manila, and thought – “That ad is written for me. No one else… they are looking for Coly!”.


I was a cheerleader, passionate about child education, and determined to make the world a better place. That was in 1997, and I’m still all those things today – except now I cheer on The Little Gym franchise owners, not the high school volleyball team.


Since then, I have held just about every possible role in a The Little Gym franchise. I was an instructor for a decade, and ran The Little Gym franchises in Manila and Singapore. I have grown existing gyms, opened new gyms, and now I have the best job of all – helping owners across Europe realise their dream of opening their own The Little Gym franchise.


Today, I’m a Business & Training Manager at The Little Gym Europe. Every day, I get to speak with owners from across Europe, share my expertise, and help them to not just offer an amazing programme for children and parents, but to think operationally and run a strong, successful business.


I’ve helped many The Little Gym franchises open across Asia and Europe, and I’m working with several fantastic new franchisees planning to open within the next couple of months. The Little Gym owners dream of running a business that cares for and educates children. And I want to help you create a successful business making your dream become a reality.

Franchise Development Manager Europe

Jon Fuller


Gymnastics has been part of my life from the age of four when I attended my very first class at school. I competed in my first international competition at the age of 14, and represented Great Britain on 10 occasions, including The World School Games and The European Championships. I shifted to sales after retiring from competition, but I couldn’t resist getting back into gymnastics and eventually became general manager at one of Great Britain’s most successful clubs.


My journey with The Little Gym Europe started when my wife found The Little Gym Camberley. I immediately liked The Little Gym – it was bright, fun, friendly and nurturing. For me, it was the perfect learning environment for children.


Whether your child wants to play rugby, pirouette across the floor, kick a ball or swing a racket, gymnastics gives them the strength, balance and coordination they need – it really is the foundation for all sports. And The Little Gym is truly special as it takes gymnastics one step further, using it as a tool to nurture courage, character, confidence, resilience, friendships, and a host of other life skills.


I’m usually the first person that you meet when contacting The Little Gym Europe. I’ll walk you through our comprehensive selection process, explain our business model and operations, introducing you to The Little Gym Europe team, and showing you what life is really like for a The Little Gym franchisee.


Our selection process is designed to help you decide if the life of a The Little Gym owner is right for you, and that you fit the criteria we look for within each of our franchisees. We are passionate about bringing the right franchisees on-board, and ensuring they are supported on their journey to ownership.


     
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What people are saying

The most rewarding part of owning a The Little Gym® is being together as a family in such a family friendly atmosphere and being in an environment where kids want to learn and have fun.

Your journey to becoming a

The Little Gym® Owner

 

 

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Get in touch with our Sales Manager for Europe
Click the button below to request more information.
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Explore the opportunity
An initial call is scheduled to understand your background, share the expectations we have for our franchisees and outline the selection process in more detail.
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Discovery Day
After reviewing your application through the selection process, we'll then invite you to come and spend a day at The Little Gym Europe corporate headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. During this visit, you'll get an in depth overview of the company and meet the team.
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Join the Family
Within a few days of your visit, we’ll notify you of our decision to award the franchise.