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Having a ball and up for award.

A MUM who set up her own business after being made redundant twice in the space of a year is up for a national award, 12 months after deciding to go it alone.

Joanne Temple from Consett took on the Newcastle/Gateshead West franchise of Little Kickers, a football programme for pre and primary school children, last year.

Now she has a team of five coaches working with her and around 250 children regularly attend her classes.

Her success has been recognised by the Little Kickers parent group, which has put her forward as the company's national representative for the New Woman franchisee of the year award at the Encouraging Women into Franchises contest.

Mrs Temple said: "We started with just six classes and around 60 children with no idea where it would lead us.

"Being made redundant twice in a year was devastating, and I really just wanted a career I was in control of and which provided a good work life balance given that I have a boisterous four-year-old boy. I now have all of that - as well as another child on the way."

She said being nominated for the award was "overwhelming". "My love of football, particularly Newcastle United sits very nicely alongside Little Kickers, and our aim to teach fundamental football techniques and basic life skills in a vibrant group play environment," she added.

Little Kickers provides football programmes for children between 18 months and seven years.

Mrs Temple, a coach herself, said: "The number of classes we deliver has grown so quickly and our client list is very diverse. I'm not sure quite how long I can keep coaching the classes though, given I'm due to give birth in about eight weeks."

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LITTLE KICKERS Ross Temple, head coach, Joanne Temple. Front row: Cole Rayner, Jack Temple, Oliver Ferry, Charlie Ainsworth, James Gray and Michael Greally
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2012
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