Start-up Story: Bumper Soccer 4 Fun

Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’ is a soccer events company which offers its customers fun soccer activities. It is owned and managed by husband and wife team Brian and Eva Spillane. The novel football equipment is suitable for all ages, genders and ability levels and ensures that each participants experience is fun, enjoyable and leaves a positive lasting memory.

‘Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’ has a number of games based activity units designed to enhance the enjoyment of soccer in our communities, schools and clubs.

About Bubble soccer

Bubble soccer is Ireland’s newest craze. This is their main attraction. It is a swift moving sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, gender and ability. It is an event that will have everyone in non-stop laughter. This is a sport where you might just have as much fun watching as playing. There are large inflatable balls that you slide into so they fit above your knees and above your head. Guarded by these inflatables players play soccer with entertaining benefits.

Inflatable pitch Another attraction is the presence of the 50 by 80 foot inflatable pitch designed in such a way as to help boys and girls play games in a truly unique and fun environment. It is ideal for fun small sided, action packed games. In addition to the pitch, inflatable goals are on offer to enhance the promotion of ball skills.

Inflatable target The inflatable target provides players with an opportunity to practice their volleys and shoot more accurately and adds an element of fun to shooting. The radar machine measures the power in your strike. The games are bright and impressive.

Inflatable cage and speed radar The speed radar measures the power of your strike.

The key customer groups are: • Children / parents (family events e.g. Communion, Confirmation, Birthday, party…) • Principals in schools (school events, sports day, fun day, fundraiser) • Club committees (GAA, soccer, rugby, family resource centres, youth clubs) • Hotels (Family hotels) • Event organisers (student unions, festival organisers, person organising group events e.g. stag, hen, wedding party)


‘Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’ is a business with a physical presence. They will use their location to its full advantage. The mobile and accessible nature of Bumper Soccer for Fun means that they can travel to their customers. ’Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’ can set up at a number of settings e.g. home, school grounds, club grounds, indoor halls, outdoor areas. You can play the games on grass, AstroTurf and on timber flooring (indoor sports hall).


All instructors are: • Professional • Garda vetted • First aid trained • Completed child protection course • Fully trained on health and safety guidelines

The new company ‘Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’, offers customers an unforgettable experience. Everyone loves football but on a unique weekend (like a stag or event) people really want to do something a little bit different, a bit special and memorable. Bumper soccer certainly meets that brief. Drawing on the skills and knowledge we can provide our customers with specialist tailored events and packages to suit all ages and budgets – designed to help them to achieve whatever they want out of their time with ‘Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’, all through the beautiful game of soccer.

Why did we start

Brian is currently studying and working in the sports and fitness industry. Sport and leisure is one of the fastest growing industries in Ireland. There is a gap in the market and he identified a niche for their service that is not currently being well served. In the local area there is also a real shortage of activities especially for older children. With our Irish weather it is great that the event can be moved indoors if necessary.

Eva is a qualified primary school teacher and has a keen interest in physical education.

They started 'Bumper Soccer 4 Fun' to help to raise the profile of football and compliment the fantastic coaching and games development activities currently ongoing throughout the country. It raises the awareness of the important role that sport play in our local communities. By highlighting the fun aspect of sport it could lead to greater levels of interest. They aim to get more children/adults playing games more of the time. Bumper Soccer 4 Fun promotes fair play, the development of self-esteem, build social cohesion and enhance health and well-being. They strive to make people feel valued regardless of ability. They promote fair play, self-esteem, build social cohesion and enhance health and wellbeing.

Where do we see it going?

Brian and Eva are enthusiastic about their service and they have a clear vision of the development of their business. They want to establish and develop ‘Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’ as a multi-activity based football event’s company in local communities, schools and clubs / organisations.

‘Bumper Soccer 4 Fun’ is using social media to drive traffic to their website which describes their service. Brian and Eva encourage loyalty through promotions. They will market through appropriate events and are accessible on and off line, with the service having a human face, voice and personality.

What we have learned

As we started up our business we learned that there is support systems there to help. We have received fantastic help from the Local Enterprise Board. They offer people the opportunity to partake in various courses and seminars that are really practical and beneficial. It also gives you the chance to network with other small businesses.

Tips for other businesspeople starting out

It took a lot of balls to start 'Bumper Soccer 4 Fun'!!! Don't miss your shot.

'First comes the dream Then comes the struggle Then there is victory!

The problem is, most people give up during the struggle...never knowing how close they were to victory. The only way you'll fail is if you quit. Never, never, never quit.

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