Using football as a way to bring people together and raise money is always a winner. Since 2006 the Soccer Aid charity match has raised over £17 million for Unicef.
Below are a few ideas for fundraising for your local team or club.
Selling advertising space – can you sell space on advertising boards around the edges of your pitch? These don’t have to be permanent, and can take the form of sandwich boards you set up before each game.
Sponsorship – look for a business willing to sponsor your strip, minibus, or kit bags. A good place to start looking for a sponsor is among team members or parents, someone is probably involved with a local business looking for exposure.
Bag packing at supermarkets – do you have an army of energetic footballers at your disposal? If so, get in touch with a local supermarket and arrange to spend the day helping to pack groceries at the checkout in return for donations to your club.
Charity game day – set up a fun day of events for friends and family of the club. You can provide food, play 5 a side games, and set up a penalty shootout competition with prizes for the winners. Charge for tickets and put the profit towards your club’s goals.
Match day tuck shop – ever been stood watching on the sidelines and wished you’d brought a flask along? So have all the other spectators. Get a small table, a hot water dispenser, and head to a nearby wholesalers for some teabags, coffee and biscuits. Sell snacks and refreshments at all your home games and use the funds gathered to support the club.
‘Lads v Dads’ – many parents will have been fidgeting on the sidelines for years, desperate to join in. Well, now is their chance. Organise a charity game pitting the parents against the kids.
Partnering with a local sports supplier – is there a local business who will provide you with goods in exchange for promotion or help? You could publish an article recommending them on your website, or perhaps they need photographs of their stock for their own site, and what better way to show off their goalposts, jerseys and cones than by displaying them in use by a local team. The more creatively you can come up with ideas to help, the more likely you are to be able to team up with a local supplier.