fundraising the warsash way
Warsash Wasps put on the largest Bonfire Night Fireworks display in the area, and the biggest 6 a side football tournament, but now much more needed to be done to raise funds for a state of the art 3G pitch. Structurally, the club became a Community Amateur Sports Club to allow it to benefit from Gift Aid. But it was the little things that raised money, the Sponsored penalty competition, the sponsored runs, cycle rides, one squad even entered the round Europe Screwball Rally on behalf of the club, and the Weatherproof Wasps logo was carried around the continent at great speed, by some of the Dads. Quiz Nights, Discos, and any number of other events brought the ever growing total to an enormous £120,000. It remains the largest amount ever raised by a club of its type for this sort of project in the UK.
The important thing with this is to throw it out to the players and members of the club to come up with ideas to raise money, that way they have a stake in the project and its success from very early on. Make sure you keep your fundraising for the project completely separate from the money to run the club on a day to day basis. You may already do events to supplement funding to run the club. If you divert these to the project, do you have enough money to run the club? Obviously having a separate Committee to run the project will help with this separation of funds.