2022 is going to be a very exciting year for our Kixx franchise network with plenty of academies launching as early as March. This includes Kixx Reigate, Horsham and Oxted, all now proudly owned by professional footballer, Joe Wright and his sister, Ellie Wright.
This is a partnership we are very excited about given the skills they collectively bring to #TeamOrange.
Joe Wright, is a professional footballer, who started his career with Huddersfield Town and joined Doncaster Rovers in 2016, and has gone onto make well over 150 career appearances.
The 26-year-old defender is currently recovering from a knee injury, and it was during his rehabilitation that Joe made a decision to help protect his young families future.
Joe Wright commented:
“My goal right now is to get back playing football as soon as possible. The recovery from my injury has been a long one but my rehabilitation is going great this year and I am working hard towards my return.
“However, as a professional athlete, when you suffer a serious injury, it can certainly make you think a lot about the future. It’s not just about me anymore, I have a family and a daughter to think about, so it’s not just my future, but theirs too.
“I had several conversations with James Coppinger who owns Kixx Middlesbrough and a former Doncaster Rovers Physio, who is a friend of Kixx founder, Ben Hunter.
“Both recommended that Kixx would be a great option to start building a business outside the professional game, still be able to play, and have a huge impact on the lives of children at the same time.
“Because much of my day to day focus is playing football, I knew I would need support and so I asked my sister, Ellie, if she wanted to partner up on becoming a franchise owner.
“Ellie was an obvious choice for me with her skills and believe would be a perfect compliment to my own.”
After learning more about Ellie’s background in business and education, we think you made the ‘Wright’ choice, Joe.
Sibling, Ellie Wright, is a marketing and communications expert, having worked with some of the biggest brands in the UK and has helped many ‘start up brands’ both nationally and internationally, become a success.
“Becoming a Kixx Franchisee is really exciting and a proud moment for us both. I can’t wait to build a business that has such incredible values, and I get to do this alongside my own brother.
“I have watched and supported Joe as he has built his career in football, and whilst it isn’t our agenda to promise children a career in football, I understand the huge impact that Kixx will have on both physical and social skills of children, along with helping provide a healthy and active lifestyle.
“Football isn’t just about kicking a ball. It can help build confidence, communication, physical and social skills, teamwork, respect, and a sense of achievement.
“We get to do all this at Kixx and help build a business and life for our own families. This is the start of an amazing journey, and we can’t wait to meet all the children when we open our academies in March”
What a combination they have at the helm at Kixx Reigate, Kixx Horsham and Kixx Oxted. To top it all off, Joe Wright is also a level 2 coach as well as a pro footballer.
We have no doubt that the combined knowledge and skill sets of the Wright Siblings, will bring a lot of success on their journey, both now and in the future.
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