Football Fundraising Ideas

Football is much more than kicking a ball about. It has the power to bring people together for a common cause, be it winning a big match or fundraising for a club or charity.

Football is a way of life for many fans, who are usually willing to support their team both on and off the pitch.

Whether your local FC needs money to keep running, to help an injured fan or to buy a mascot or giant flag, there are lots of fun football fundraising ideas that work.

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Football club fundraising ideas

1. Play a novelty football match

There are so many sponsored events doing the rounds that it’s a case of the quirkier the better to make yours stand out! Engage the community by getting imaginative with a themed football match – Star Wars or Harry Potter, perhaps?

If fancy dress isn’t your club’s thing, there are other football club fundraising ideas. Consider a three-legged game or a non-stop, 24-hour match involving fans as well as players, all of whom can rally sponsors. Call up your local newspaper in the hope of coverage that should lead to more fundraising support – and maybe a new member or two.

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2. Bag a commercial sponsor

Sponsorship deals can be lucrative but tricky to find – they’re among one of the most popular fundraising ideas for football teams. The best bet is to target local businesses and emphasise how much you can offer them in return for their cash. Options include printing their logo onto football kit, erecting advertising boards around the pitch, promoting them on social media and sharing your facilities should they want to put on an event.

Don’t know where to start? Consider asking members to spread the word among their friends and families, in case anyone has a business connection who could help.

3. Host a football-themed quiz

Every football fan loves showing off how much they know, or think they know, about the beautiful game.

Host a weekly quiz in the clubhouse if you have one, or partner up with a local pub if not. Post-training or match socialising often goes down well, but survey club members to find out what day and time suits them best if you want maximum attendance for maximum fundraising potential. This is one the whole family can get involved in if you’re looking for youth football fundraising ideas.

4. Run an auction or raffle

Pop in on local businesses and ask if they have any products or services they could offer you to sell in an auction in exchange for promotion. Don’t neglect the club either – members may have hidden skills up their sleeves that they could auction off. Once you have enough prizes for members to bid on, start promoting the event with fliers and social media posts, making sure people know where they can buy tickets.

If you’re shorter on time, raffles are easier to organise and can be held a couple of times a year at big games.

5. Screen big football matches in the clubhouse bar

Make the most of the hype and excitement around big games like the World Cup, the Euros and the Champions League by screening them in your clubhouse bar. Organise a sweepstake for a prize, lay out some nibbles and ask for donations. This can work particularly well if you’re looking for fundraising ideas for kids football teams.

6. Set up a hot beverage stand on match days

It can get chilly on the touchline while watching your team play, meaning hot tea, coffee and food are sure to go down a treat. Run a survey over email to gauge what people would be most likely to buy, be it bacon baps, pies or hot chocolate, so you can cater accordingly for maximum profit. If you’re after more fundraising ideas for youth football, be sure to stock up on plenty of sweets!

 

7. Sell club merchandise

Football fans love brandishing their team’s colours, so consider selling hats, socks, scarves and other merchandise to club members on match days, through the website and during other fundraising events.

Merch is usually affordable to produce in bulk and is a great way to ramp up community spirit while also generating profit.

8. Hire out your facilities

If your club is big enough to have good facilities or equipment, hire them out when not in use to local five-a-side leagues, other sports clubs and businesses either as one-offs or in exchange for sponsorships.

9.  Try your luck with a grant scheme

You’ll have to battle off a lot of competition to win funding from a grant scheme, but it’s worth a shot. There are plenty available, including the Football Association’s Stay in the Game scheme for adult male teams; the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme for encouraging teams of female or disabled players; and the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund’s grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities.

10.  Start a GoFundMe

Recently, Liverpool fans raised nearly €2 million on GoFundMe for long-term fan Sean Cox, who was left unable to communicate or live independently after suffering a severe brain injury before a Champion’s League match last year.

Pompey fans rallied around a disabled fan whose wheelchair went missing at a match, raising over £1,500 on GoFundMe, while 1,600 Newcastle United fans smashed their £15,000 target for the biggest flag in British football. 

Fundraising ideas for youth football

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1. Pit the kids against the parents

They might not admit to it, but many a parent has longed for the chance to show their child who’s boss on the pitch. Give them the chance with a kids versus parents football match and charge each player a small fee to enter. Of all the high school football fundraising ideas out there, this one always proves popular.

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2. Send the players bag packing

Call around your local supermarkets and ask if the youth team can pack bags for customers in exchange for bucket donations. Few people will be able to resist sparing some loose change, so long as the kids are willing to do a good enough job and greet them with a smile. Have them dress in their football kit to make it clear that they’re fundraising for the club.

3. Get busy car washing

Seek permission to use a big local car park (again, supermarket car parks are a great bet, as is the car park by the training ground) and get young players and their friends offering car washes in exchange for donations. Top tip: encourage them to change the water regularly! Dog walking, lawn mowing and babysitting are other kids football fundraising ideas you could consider, particularly during school holidays when many adults are out working.

 

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4. Organise a summer funday

Summer is a great time to hold a funday – it’s outside the traditional football season when the kids are missing the sport and the sun will hopefully be shining. Run a small team tournament and encourage other local clubs to take part. This can be a good way to bring in some sponsors too, from ice-cream vans to local food shops.

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Sometimes you need to fundraise in as fast and faff-free a way as possible.

That’s where GoFundMe comes in. It couldn’t be easier to set up a free GoFundMe, share the link on your football club’s website and social media platforms, and start racking up donations from supportive fans.

Our experts are on hand to offer 24-hour help and advice and you can use our mobile app to check in on your fundraising progress on the way to and from football games. And we’ve got more inspiration if you need any fundraising ideas. Set your goal, and score!

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