Becoming an Owner

You don’t have to reinvent the cartwheel!

Once we award a franchise, you have our commitment to help you thrive. Our team bends over backwards to provide the tools, training, and support you need. That way you can focus on the parts of the business you love. Like helping a toddler with their first somersault. Guiding a youngster through her balance beam routine. And hearing the cheers of proud, happy parents.

Awarding a Franchise in

Four Easy Steps

It’s an important decision but it’s not a difficult process. From start to finish, we promise to make your journey to becoming a franchise owner clear, informative and enjoyable. No red tape here.

Take the next step


1. Talk to us

Talk to our Franchise Representative at 071 149 6468 or contact us to Request More Info.


2. Talk about you

We email franchise information for your review and a Candidate Qualification Summary for you to complete.


3. Talk about us

After reviewing your enthusiasm, we’ll give you an overview of the company and provide you with our Franchise Disclosure Document for your complete review and due diligence.


4. Talk about the Future

Within a few days of your visit, we notify you of our decision to award the franchise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a gymnast and have experience of working with children?

No! Most of our franchise owners had little or no experience before joining The Little Gym family. Many have enjoyed careers across a broad range of sectors from accountancy and law to teaching, banking, the army and IT. There are also people who have joined us as instructors and gone on to become successful franchise owners.

Regardless of your background, we look for a passion for working with people and children and evidence of strong transferable skills that you can apply to running your own business. We’ll teach you the rest!

What makes a The Little Gym® owner successful?

All our successful owners have good common business sense, a ‘can do’ attitude, work well under pressure, love managing and developing a young team, have strong leadership qualities, a natural ability to build relationships with kids, staff, parents, and their community, an appetite to learn and are financially stable. They possess the entrepreneurial spirit that gives them the courage to leave the safety net of the corporate world and pursue their dreams. Do you feel this is true for you too?

Can I own more than one The Little Gym®?

Yes! The Little Gym provides you with the opportunity to leverage your skills and experience with the option of opening a gym franchise in multiple locations. Approximately 40% of our owners worldwide are multiple gym owners.

What is the total investment to get started?

The total investment required for your The Little Gym® includes your franchise fee, start-up costs, location build out and ongoing working capital. This may be lower or higher as each site is unique. The main variables to this figure include, but are not limited to, the build out costs of your location, landlord deposit, pre-opening payroll and working capital required between opening and reaching break even. Visit our Investment Page for a full breakdown of the fees.

Should you intend to finance your business through a bank loan you would typically need to invest a minimum of 50% of the total investment, with the remaining 50% being funded by the bank.

How much is the franchise fee?

The franchise fee for a standard territory is R600,000 and includes all of our comprehensive pre-opening training; access to The Little Gym curriculum, tools, and services; and full support during the entire pre-opening period ranging from weekly phone calls with your personal Pre-Opening Consultant to access to all other resources within our network. You will receive rights to a protected territory, and a franchise agreement with a term of 10 years.

What are the ongoing fees?

There is an 8% royalty fee (of monthly gross revenue) and subject to an annual minimum for your ongoing use of The Little Gym system and trademarks, continuously updated business and curriculum training materials, continuous enhancements and evolution of the products and the brand, plus, your Business Consultant who will support you on a weekly basis.

A 2% marketing fund (of monthly gross revenue) for support of marketing tools to promote your business and the brand.

Will owning a The Little Gym® provide a platform for the work life balance I am looking for?

Ultimately, your success is up to you. Once your business begins to mature it provides you with an opportunity to take a step back, own a gym franchise you are proud of, and balance it with a lifestyle your friends will envy. It all depends on your aspirations. Some owners choose to open a second location, some take a step back and work a couple of mornings a week, some spend significant time traveling while the business is operated by a Gym Manager, while some are happy to continue to operate their business day to day. It’s your business and your decision.

Can I talk to other franchise owners about their experience with The Little Gym®?

During the due diligence period, we recommend you speak to franchise owners in the network and ask them to share their experiences. With over 400 locations around the world, there is a wealth of personalities and experience available to help you determine if The Little Gym is the right opportunity and will meet your expectations.

How much money can I make? When can I expect to break even?

The Little Gym makes no representations of individual earnings performance. As with any business, the success of your The Little Gym® is dependent on you, the owner. This includes your aspirations, how you run your business, and the decisions you make each day. The Little Gym offers you a strong brand with comprehensive tools and support along the way to give you an outstanding platform for success.

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