When Managing Director Norman Bear was trucking his kids around for sport several years ago, he noticed a shortage of indoor sports facilities, particularly for cricket, and the idea for Mega Courts Indoor Sports was born.
After visiting a few other Australian states and looking at different facilities, Norman had a good idea of what worked and what didn’t, and he was ready to make his concept a reality.
Mega Courts is a large concept, multi-purpose indoor sports facility that’s fit for netball, soccer, dodgeball and ‘mega inflatable fun’, with a café, a retail outlet and a gym. It was always critical to the centre’s survival to include a place for corporate get-togethers or birthday parties.
Norman says small business is all he’s ever known.
“I don’t have a most proud moment, just a lot of little proud moments,” he says. “For one, seeing the centre full and seeing the excitement of the kids. The other is when people walk in and see a brand new facility that they knew nothing about – that’s when things hit home for me.”
Mega Courts Indoor Sports applied for and received a $100,000 Small Business Development Fund expansion grant, which enabled it to fast track its growth plans and keep business operating as usual while adding an additional six full-time employees.
“The grant came at a very good time – it enabled us to put more resources into the business and fast track areas to create job growth,” Norman says.
“Businesses can struggle to find these kinds of cash injections with few strings attached. I would urge any small businesses that qualifies to pursue this opportunity from the State Government.”