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Posted on June 4, 2019 by staff

America’s number one kids coding franchise hits UK

America’s number one kids coding franchise hits UK

Graham gained the inspiration for the business whilst watching his son's Taekwondo lesson
Graham gained the inspiration for the business whilst watching his son’s Taekwondo lesson

America’s number one kids coding franchise has launched in the UK.

Code Ninjas offers after-school programmes and camps that teach children how to code by building video games.

Founded by programmer and entrepreneur David Graham in 2016, there are now 125 Code Ninja centres open in the US with 75 more due to be open by the end of August, including expansion into Canada.

Graham, whose inspiration for the business struck whilst watching his son’s Taekwondo lesson, says he’s excited to bring the opportunity to the UK and believes that success here will mirror that of North America.

“We’re confident that the UK will replicate, if not surpass the US in terms of growth speed and breadth of coverage,” he said.

“We proudly call ourselves a franchise support company – our foundations have been built on being able to provide the best, most innovative and effective support to franchisees across the globe.

“Our UK franchisees will benefit from the support of a UK-based team whose number one priority will be helping to get centres open, operational and profitable.”

Code wristbands

Code Ninjas’ centres are called Dojos, teachers are called Code Senseis, and students, or Ninjas, progress by working towards coloured wristbands – or ‘belts’ – based on the colouring system in martial arts.

Graham added: “Code Ninjas is all about the experience, that’s what makes us different. You can’t distil what we do down to the curriculum, it’s so much more than that. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s a place to make friends and have a good time.

“Kids are motivated to learn when they’re enjoying themselves and there’s the opportunity to ‘earn’ their next badge of honour.

“The Dojo is a parent free zone, meaning students can communicate independently with their Sensei and peers.

“I’ve seen, first hand, how coding education improves lives. Every child should have the opportunity to learn code, and have a great time doing it.”

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