Sometimes the free transfer turns out better than the expensive one! You don’t have to rely on just one sponsor to support your club or team, you could look at a series of smaller relationships.
1. If your club needs new equipment for the team, a new lawnmower or even a new boiler for the clubhouse, you can apply for a grant at McDonald’s KickStart.
2. Consider whether you need any products or services in small supply, and if you have enough assets to run a suppliers deal
3. Do you have assets you could swap in exchange for products? This is called a contradeal and could offer some much-needed cost savings.
4. Do you have a club minibus and have to buy petrol regularly? Or do you have to buy food and drink for post-match refreshments or fundraisers? Get a rewards card for your club and earn points to redeem against petrol/food or save the points to buy prizes for fundraisers.
Similarly, sign-up for schemes such as Tesco for Schools and Clubs and ask all the parents or players to collect vouchers. It’s open to clubs with any youth teams under 18 that are affiliated to The FA and you’ll be able to redeem the vouchers against equipment for your club.
5. Sometimes companies or people cannot provide cash but may be willing to provide other items you may need. For example, if you have a clubhouse that you want to redecorate, a shop may donate the paint, rather than provide cash.