Last month we teamed up with Herefordshire FA to host their Club Draw, with the goal of raising funds for clubs in the County.
The Herefordshire FA Club Draw got underway in November, seeking to harness generosity in the season of goodwill and raise vital funds for grassroots football clubs. It has been another challenging 12 months for many clubs, with logistical challenges from COVID-19, and the associated costs squeezing already tight budgets even further.
This one-off draw provided clubs in Herefordshire with the opportunity to use our simple, free fundraising tool to raise money to offset these costs and invest in developing their club’s facilities, equipment or provisions for their players. Those taking part had the chance to win a cash prize which increased with every entry, reaching an incredible total by the draw’s conclusion on 23rd December.
Within the draw 50% of each entry fee was donated to the club which the raffle entrant selected, with the remainder contributing towards two prize pots – one which was specific to each club, and the other a County-wide jackpot. There was also the option to support Herefordshire FA’s nominated charity, SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity. Funds will distributed between clubs and the cash jackpots.
There was a healthy sense of competition between those clubs as they tussled for top spot in our weekly fundraising standings, with plenty of movement throughout the month. Eventually, it was Orelton Juniors who overcame stiff opposition from Holme Lacy and Marden Fusion, topping the table. The money they raised will contribute towards funding a new club pavilion. In total, one third of all affiliated clubs in the County are set to receive funds after being supported in the draw. That equates to 155 teams and over 2,000 players who will benefit from the Club Draw.
Participating clubs can now create a reliable, ongoing revenue stream by staging their own regular monthly Play Fund Win, using our simple, licensed digital raffle platform. To find out more and get started, visit: playfundwin.com/host or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Commenting on the draw’s success, Alan Darfi, CEO, Herefordshire FA, stated, “At Herefordshire FA we ran a draw for the benefit of all our clubs. I cannot recommend Play Fund Win highly enough, they managed the entire process from start to finish excellently and much-needed funds were raised both for grassroots clubs, as well as our lead charity partner SSAFA Herefordshire, the Armed Forces Charity’’
Steve Lightfoot, Chief Relationships Officer, Play Fund Win, added, “We saw a fantastic response from clubs in Herefordshire to the Herefordshire FA Club Draw. Whilst Herefordshire may be one of the smallest counties in the country, we were blown away by the generosity of entrants to support their local club. We know just how important a role grassroots football clubs play within the community, and it was wonderful to see supporters come out in force to take advantage of our platform and fundraise when these sides need it most. It is so important that they are able to stay afloat and utilising innovative funding solutions like Play fund Win is a great way in tool for allowing them to do so”.
Scott Myers, who supported Orleton Juniors in the draw, told us, “I am extremely happy with the Play Fund Win Draw in Herefordshire, as our club, Orleton Juniors, came away with £247 in fundraising, which was fantastic!”
Clubs can find out more about staging their own raffles to raise funds and offer great prizes to supporters, by clicking here.