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Focus Through Football’s James McPike is heading to London for afternoon tea at the House of Commons this afternoon – and hopes to scoop a national business award while he’s there!

Ready for Business, the investment readiness start-up programme that supports new enterprises across England, has delivered more than 2,500 new jobs nationwide since its launch last summer.

The programme aims to create 6,000 businesses with 10,000 new jobs, is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Barclays and is delivered by the Cavendish Consortium, a partnership between some of England’s leading enterprise agencies together with the National Enterprise Network.

James’ work with Focus Through Football has already earned him a regional Ready For Business Award 2013.

And today he is heading to the House of Common awards event where one of the regional winners in the B2C (Business to consumer) category will win the national award.

James, who grew up in Longbridge and went to Turves Green Boys School, signed as a professional footballer for Birmingham City FC at the age of 17. Injuries forced him to move into coaching and, in 2012, he spent a year coaching football to a range of age groups across the USA.

Inspired by his work in America, James set up Focus Through Football, a company offering training to children from the age of 5 and upwards, as well as helping their parents set up and coach the their own teams. James started his FUNdemental Training Programme at Shenley Lane Sports and Community Centre in September and ran a successful holiday camp at Balaam Wood Academy in Frankley during October half term.

James is a great believer in making learning fun! He said: “I believe that children learn better subconsciously, in a positive, fun, exciting and stimulating environment where there is no pressure of failing and every single action is praised before criticised.”

Congratulations on your regional award, James and good luck!

James coaching in the USA
James coaching in the USA

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