Starting out, Business Gateway and Princes Trust were awesome! I can’t thank them enough. They gave me so much great advice alongside a small grant to get me on my way. Since then, each business relationship has helped me mould Get Active Coaching into what I want it to be: a service for the community.
Being a new business, I set out on a mission: creating relationships in the community. Since starting in October 2019, I’ve held productive meetings with a large number of organisations. All with the focus on what Get Active Coaching can do to help. Some of the big players on the list were, Business Gateway, Princes Trust, Invest in Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Leisure, West College Scotland (Paisley) and The University of the West of Scotland (Paisley).
In the last couple of months, I have started planning for the future. As a result, I started creating meetings with housing associations. You might be thinking what’s this guy on about? Why would you want to partner with them?? Well let me tell you why. Firstly, they are at the heart of the community. Secondly, they have a huge customer base already and as part of their duties they work to create a better community. Thirdly, they already offer a string of programmes for their tenants that I can tie into, and offer something different. And lastly, they would hugely benefit from me organising a sport hub for kids to keep them off the streets.
I have had hugely productive meetings with both Paisley Housing Association and Williamsburgh Housing Association where we discussed the potential to run a variety of get active classes, educational workshops and an “Active Hub”.
Since my long term goal is to become a Social Enterprise, developing all these relationships early on will play a crucial role in building for the future.