Hugely popular among youth teams, half-term breaks and Easter holidays are the ideal time to launch your club’s summer tournaments and events. We therefore wanted to share four ways in which your club can run a football tournament to raise funds for the season ahead.
1. Charge teams an entry fee – if you can get 20 teams signed up, charging £30 per team, that’s £600 just from competitor entry fees. Organise collection buckets to be situated around the pitches, you can target spectators for donations to bring in some extra money too.
2. Upsell to spectators – Spectators will often want to purchase teas, coffees and food at games, a one-day tournament could attract plenty of spectators, bigger crowds = bigger sales. You could even charge a fee/suggested donation amount for car parking.
3. Sell tournament sponsorship to local businesses – Local businesses will often fund the purchase of the trophy and runner-up prizes and give a small amount of money for the running of the tournament in return for promotion on the day and via your website / social media. Inviting the local press down is a great idea too, this will give the sponsors added coverage.
4. Raffles / Games on the day – Keep the spectators busy between kick off’s and half time periods by selling raffle tickets or charging to participate in games for a prize jackpot. Retain some of the participant money for the club and put the rest into the prize fund, spectators would happily pay £1 for a chance to win £50 or to enter a raffle.
With Participant you can register your club and set up your first tournament for free in a matter of minutes. Save on administration time and associated costs whilst benefiting from clubs being able to enter and pay online 24/7.
You will have an automatically updated register of attending clubs, which along with various tools will make it easy to locate and export the required information as well as being easier to communicate with your attendees.
Don’t just take our word for it… “Using Participant has significantly reduced the time I spend on administration for the annual Fleet Spurs Youth tournament and I can get on with managing the club and youth football tournament.”