SOURCE: Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)

Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)

SOURCE: Little Kickers

Little Kickers

April 14, 2015 09:37 ET

Little Kickers Wins Grand Prize in 2015 Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 14, 2015) - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) ( is pleased to announce that Little Kickers is the Grand Prize winner of the 2015 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising. Considered the pinnacle of franchise achievement in Canada and the highest recognition a franchise system can receive from CFA, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising are given annually to franchise systems that have demonstrated the strongest, most mutually-rewarding relationships with franchisees. The Grand Prize was presented to Little Kickers on April 13, 2015 during a gala awards presentation dinner at the 24th annual CFA National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is the second consecutive win for the children's soccer franchise, who won the Grand Prize in 2014.

"After winning the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize in 2014, we made it our goal to do even better in this year's competition," says Frank Stanschus, Chief Operating Officer, Little Kickers. "To receive this endorsement once again from our own franchisees highlights the great relationships we have built with them and the strength of our network overall. We are delighted to receive this award for the second year in a row."

Open exclusively to CFA Franchise System members who have been franchising for three years or more, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising recognize excellence in franchise operations. Winning systems must demonstrate a dedication to superior franchisee relations, leadership, business planning, marketing, training and support, ongoing operations and communications.

"The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising truly set a benchmark for franchises throughout Canada and we are honoured to present the awards to this year's winners," says Lorraine McLachlan, CFA President and Chief Executive Officer. "A solid relationship between franchisor and franchisee is vital to the system's success and Little Kickers' results demonstrate they offer outstanding support to their franchisees."

This year, over 58 CFA member franchise systems participated in the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising competition. The winning franchise systems are decided based on the results of a survey completed by CFA member franchisors and franchisees about their experiences with their franchise system. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising is sponsored by CFA and administered by the Portage Group, a third-party research firm.

The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising competition includes four categories to enable franchise systems to be rated against their peers. Entries are separated into Traditional Franchises (i.e. those with bricks and mortar locations) and Non-Traditional Franchises (i.e. mobile, home-based, etc.). Within these categories, entrants were grouped based on the length of time the franchise system has been operating (3 to 10 years and 11+ years). These categories reflect the wide range of franchise opportunities in today's marketplace and create a more even playing field for the ranking of each entry. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize is awarded to one of the category Gold winners.

The 2015 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising winners are:
2015 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize
Little Kickers
Traditional Franchises (i.e. bricks and mortar locations)
New / Emerging (franchising 3 - 10 years)
 Gold: Browns Socialhouse
 Silver: COBS Bread
 Bronze: Instant Imprints
Mature / Established (franchising 11+ years)
 Gold: Symposium Cafe
 Silver: White Spot Restaurants
 Bronze (Tie): FASTSIGNS International Inc. and Lice Squad Canada
Non-Traditional (i.e. mobile, home-based, etc.)
New / Emerging (franchising 3 - 10 years)
 Gold: Little Kickers
 Silver (Tie): JUST JUNK® and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada
 Bronze: Pop-A-Lock
Mature / Established (franchising 11+ years)
 Gold: Par-T-Perfect Party Planners
 Silver: CertaPro Painters
 Bronze: Home Instead Senior Care

"The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising program celebrates the relationship between franchisees and franchisors," McLachlan continues. "These awards are about education, CFA's members' commitment to excellence, and highlighting the fact that, when the franchisor and the franchisees work together, there is no better way to do business. This is what CFA is all about. It reflects our core values: how to do franchising right."

For more information about the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising and a list of past winners, visit

About the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)

The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is the recognized authority on franchising in Canada. With more than 600 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada's best-known brands, CFA is the indispensable resource for the franchise community and advocates on behalf of franchisors and franchisees in Canada to enhance and protect the franchise business model. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs, publications, and websites ( and

About Little Kickers

Little Kickers educational soccer programs provide over 35,000 kids a week aged from 18 months - 7 years with a fun, positive introduction to sport. In addition to providing kids with a solid foundation from which to build their soccer skills, the program also promotes the development of key early learning skills such as colour and number recognition, sharing, following instructions and teamwork. The emphasis the classes place on fun rather than competition is reflected in Little Kickers' "Play not Push" philosophy. The program was founded in the UK in 2002, and is now headquartered in Toronto and operates through a network of over 200 franchisees in 16 countries. For more information about Little Kickers please visit our website at or contact our Marketing Manager, Crystal Hartog at or on 647-346-5733.

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