Enterprise Programme

A2Dominion's enterprise programme supports resident to launch community sports club

Supporting vibrant communities is a core part of the work we do. Our Enterprise Programme - six months of business coaching and mentoring for residents, topped off with a chance to win thousands of pounds investment at a Dragon’s Den style pitch - is one way we do that.
Victoria Lynch, founder of Zebra Sports
Helping children get healthy is worth all the work says Zebra Sports founder Victoria Lynch
Resident Victoria Lynch from Hanwell in London has a real passion for gymnastics and tackling childhood obesity. With the help of the Enterprise Programme, she was able to combine the two to launch Zebra Sports, a children’s gymnastics club.

Victoria joined Enterprise in September 2016 and brought commitment, drive and passion in abundance to the weekly workshops, which offered business, finance and mentoring skills. At the end of the six-month programme, Victoria was ready to present her business idea at our Dragon’s Den style final, where she was awarded £4,000 investment for the business.

A strong performance

Since then, Victoria has successfully negotiated a contract to use The Honeywell Centre in Southall as a venue to offer gymnastic classes to the community.

"Being involved in the Enterprise Workshops gave me the confidence to start my business. With the funding, I've been able to purchase much-needed gymnastic equipment.

“I have found running a business a challenge – but one I feel I'm winning. It's vital to stick to your business strategic plan and learn from any errors made as a novice entrepreneur. Mentoring has been extremely valuable, and has helped me stay focused and on track.”

Victoria on getting involved in the programme

Victoria will shorty become a qualified Level 2 Gymnastics Coach, and has had so much interest from children who want to join her classes that there is now a waiting list.

She now aims to expand operations and secure contracts with local schools to offer her services both during term-time and out-of-term summer clubs.

The business currently has over 50 members and has turned over £11k to date.