Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Young People in Business: Matthew Christie scoring with Soccer Xpress

Matthew Christie has significantly grown Soccer Xpress from selling football shoes, to the manufacturing and distribution of sporting gear and equipment to several other schools, premier league teams and local companies.

Matthew Christie has significantly grown Soccer Xpress from selling football shoes, to the manufacturing and distribution of sporting gear and equipment to several other schools, premier league teams and local companies.

In 2012, Matthew Christie had his sight set on several goals.

He was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

A student athlete, Christie was also a star left wing back on the UWI Mona football team in the Super League, hoping to help get the Pelicans promoted to the National Premier League.

It was also during that period he made his first sale for Soccer Xpress.

“It was a pair of football boots that I ordered from overseas and sold to one of my teammates,” Christie said. “But making a business out of it wasn’t on my mind at the time. I was just trying to facilitate my friend, who wanted football boots like the ones I had.”

He later began selling to the UWI Mona team, and to the players from the University of Technology.

Today, Christie has significantly grown Soccer Xpress from selling football shoes, to the manufacturing and distribution of sporting gear and equipment to several other schools, premier league teams and local companies.

 

Watch the video edited by Ramon Lindsay.

He has even diversified his revenue stream to add a screen printing service, Xpress Prints.

“Right throughout my journey, football was right beside me, and I wish I could have gone to a higher level. I tried my best to move as far as I could with the sport, and when I realized I wasn’t going to play for one of the big clubs [in Europe], God put the idea towards me for Soccer Xpress,” said Christie, who also played semi-professionally in New York with the Brooklyn Knights at the USL League Two.

In fact, he credits his journey in the sport for his business acumen.

“Football teaches you how to be compassionate, it teaches you to be a winner, a loser, teaches you tram work, discipline, perseverance, how to move forward. So without football, I wouldn’t be here today” said the former Portmore United and Boys' Town player.

Christie, 30, hopes to one day set up a Soccer Xpress hub in Montego Bay, Mandeville and Portmore – to become a main supplier of sporting equipment and screen printing services.

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