A mini tournament can be loads of fun
Stuck for good sports fundraising ideas?
Amazingly there is one sports fundraiser that is so obvious it is often overlooked. Organising a tournament.
Organising a tournament is not only a great fundraiser. Its also a brilliant way to attract new players and supporters to your club. And a great way of including the whole family in your sport.
Friendly tournaments can also be really great fun; after all you are doing what you love!
A tournament will work for all sorts of sports but particularly things like soccer, baseball, basket ball, hockey etc.
Tournaments also make particularly great sports fundraising ideas for little leagues and kids' teams. They can be a welcome school holiday/ or weekend attraction.
A good tournament can soon become a regular part of your annual fundraising program and an eagerly anticipated event.
This might be done through:
Depending on your sport you need to work out how your tournament will work.
Shortened and reduced versions of the main games are usual. For instance Five a Side soccer 10mins each way etc.
To maintain interest try to avoid anything that involves early knockouts for teams. Mini leagues with play-offs right at the end work best.
Keep it simple and easy to understand with plenty going on and lots of action for the contestants.
There is nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition but keep things friendly.
A final trophy for the tournament's eventual winners is however an expected and necessary part of your event.
You may also like to present small medals or certificates too. These extras are particularly good for children's tournaments. They are part of helping kids understand the fun of taking part in sport. The importance of being keen challengers but also gracious in defeat!
You may also wish to present awards for specific things such as:
You might be able to find sponsors for some or all of your awards. For instance the local sports shop might wish to sponsor and present the main trophy for the winners. Local businesses too might be persuaded to put their name to certain awards.
Find out about getting local sports sponsorship here
An award ceremony at the end of your tournament is a great end to the day. Try to have a local dignitary or sponsor present the awards.
If your tournament is for kids try to ensure everyone leaves with a certificate and gets a little round of applause.
Hopefully your mini tournament will attract plenty of people both contestants and spectators all keen to have a great day.
So don't forget the first rule of Sports Fundraising -
If you see a crowd sell them something!
There are many ways you can raise funds at a mini tournament:
So if you are after simple sports fundraising ideas.
That are also great fun.
Get busy and Organise a Tournament