Footballer Abiola was born in Nigeria but grew up in Dublin, where he played for Irish Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers. He also spent some time in America playing for Miami Dade FC and it was his experience there that led him to think about becoming more than just a player, and the idea behind Lola Sports.
Lola Sports supports early-career footballers from all over the world to showcase their talent in front of international coaches and scouts, providing focused training, performance data analysis and even language teaching.
For the last four years, Abiola has been based in Belfast where, with the help of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, he has been able to launch and grow his business.
He heard about The Prince’s Trust and thought they could help, but hoped it wasn’t going to be too much like school! After taking part in the Enterprise programme Abiola believed the programme was first class.
“Although I knew a lot about the on-field stuff, it taught me so much about actually running a business and at the end I was amazed at how much I’d learned. But most importantly, The Trust made me feel proud of my idea, proud of my business.”
Going into its third year, Lola Sports is going from strength to strength, expanding and putting on more showcases, and Abiola urges fellow entrepreneurs to get in touch with The Prince’s Trust.