A sports tournament can turn out to be a little bit expensive, and most of the time you probably won't have all the money you need. The solution? Fundraising your tournament!
The great thing about fundraising it is that you can involve children, teenagers, and even adults in this process.
Let's see, what are some of the best ideas that will help you fundraise a tournament?
If you already own a sports field, then you don't have to worry about it. But if you don't have one, then you need to find a way to get one for free.
When you've found someone who is willing to give you the facility for free, then you should offer them something in return, because in the end they're giving you something for free, and you need to show them some sort of appreciation.
This will be the main fundraiser of your tournament. You can charge the teams that are participating, and the spectators. When it comes to the teams, the fee can be individual, per team member, or it can be per team. It's your call on how you want to establish it.
People love sports, especially soccer, and they most likely won't miss the chance of attending a tournament. The entrance fee should be high enough so it can cover most of your expenses, and low enough so that people will want to attend your event.
Sponsorships are the best way to get prizes for your tournament. You can exchange sponsorships for offering those companies exposure during the event. Most of the time, this is what they really want, and both parties will be happy.
Selling popular products
This is definitely going to be one of the main assets for fundraising your tournament. Food, drinks—they will sell really quickly, so make sure you have a lot, and you don't run out of them.
You can even have a barbecue, especially if the soccer field is outdoors.
Organize a raffle
Everybody loves some fun, and a little bit of something extra during an event. And even though it's about soccer, who says you can't make it a little bit more fun? A raffle will always bring you some extra funds. Selling some cheap tickets, adding a fun prize, equals a lot of people interested, equals success for fundraising your tournament.
Have your own stand at the tournament
At your own stand, you can sell sports gear, such as clothes, training equipment, and any other personalized stuff you can think of. Participants are always into this kind of stuff.
Having fun while fundraising your tournament
This is probably the most important aspect of your event. If people have fun, if they feel good, they will remember it, and they will come again if you decide to organize another one.
Remember: this is not about making money, but about creating an event everyone will enjoy, and support. It's ultimately a sports tournament, and by fundraising your tournament you encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Last but not least, thank everyone who helped you make the event come true—not just sponsors, but participants, and the participating teams as well.
If your team ever needs help, you can always check out the TSI products and we will help you with everything team management requires.
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