Matthew Helps Young Children Experience A Variety of Sports

What’s your story? 
I moved to Hong Kong, from London, at 7 years old, and was an extremely passionate football player at the time. All I wanted to do was to play football. I quickly discovered however, that my new set of peers possessed a far wider spectrum of sporting abilities than I did, which made me feel quite overwhelmed by the sudden exposure to other sports such as rugby and cricket, for example. During high school I retained my passion for football alone, and often wished that I had taken up other sports during my vital early years. Flash forward to my gap year and I began to coach children aged 3-4 years in a part-time role. It was during this time that I discovered my passion for teaching children. Once I graduated from University, I decided to form my own company to introduce children to multiple sports starting at a young age, and Minisport was born.   

What excites you most about your industry? 
The ability to give children life-long abilities in and fond memories of sport.

What is your connection to Asia? 
Growing up in Hong Kong since primary school has allowed me to travel the region and I really do feel at home here.    

Favourite city in Asia for business and why? 
Hong Kong. The pace and energy of the city is great. It’s also a vibrant spot for adventurous individuals who are looking to build upon new and innovative concepts.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? 
It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you are the best at it.

Who inspires you? 

I am particularly inspired by Robin Sharma. I am a true advocate of his balanced approach to living a joyful and fruitful life.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away? 
The entire world’s population could fit inside Los Angeles.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently? 
I have few regrets in life, but I suppose I would try not to react to situations, I would respond instead. Taking a calm approach always gives you an edge when it comes to handling life’s challenges.

How do you unwind?
I enjoy having a massage whilst meditating!

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Nha Trang. My wife, Danielle, and I have created several great memories together there and it will always hold a fond place in our hearts.

Everyone in business should read this book: 
“How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie

Shameless plug for your business: 
Minisport has been leading the way in Hong Kong’s early childhood sports coaching field since 2012. Through flexible private coaching set-ups and action packed camps that expose children to multiple activities, Minisport has become the place to be for 1.5 to 8 year old children in Hong Kong.

During 2020, the team at Minisport have been working hard to continue their impact in the face of Covid-19, delivering 7 daily classes to kids aged 3 to 7 years via Zoom. These classes keep children moving at home via a range of weekly themes such as Rainforest, Ocean, Around the World, and many more.

Their physical and virtual programs are delivered by a team of 12 enthusiastic and regularly trained coaches, and minisport is well poised to continue it’s strong track record of putting smiles on the faces of children and parents alike, for years to come.

How can people connect with you? 

Email: [email protected]

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