Teams Youth Sports Coaches

Funding Your Program

As a youth sports team or club, fundraising is often an essential part of keeping the team running and supporting your players. From covering travel expenses to purchasing new equipment, there are always expenses that need to be covered. Here are 10 ways to maximize fundraising for your amateur sports team.
10 Team Fundraising Ideas

1. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a popular and effective way to raise funds for your team. Platforms like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo allow you to create a fundraising page and share it with your network to collect donations.

2. Merchandise Sales

Selling merchandise is a great way to raise funds while also promoting your team. T-shirts, hats, and other items with your team's logo or name can be sold online or at games and events.

3. Sponsorship

Look for local businesses and organizations that are willing to sponsor your team. In exchange for their support, you can offer advertising space on your team's website or social media pages, or by displaying their logo on your team's uniforms or equipment.

4. Car Washes

Car washes are a classic fundraising method that can be effective for sports teams. Partner with a local business or church to host a car wash and charge a fee per car.

5. Bake Sales

Bake sales are another tried-and-true fundraising method. Ask team members to bake and donate items to sell at games or events, or partner with a local bakery to sell items on your behalf.

6. Silent Auctions

Silent auctions are a fun way to raise funds while also offering supporters the chance to win something. Ask local businesses to donate items or experiences, like gift cards or tickets to a game, and hold an auction at a game or event.

7. Online Auctions

Similar to silent auctions, online auctions allow you to sell items or experiences to the highest bidder. Platforms like eBay or Facebook Marketplace can be used to host an online auction.

8. Community Events

Participating in community events like fairs or festivals can be a great way to raise awareness and funds for your team. Set up a booth or table and offer games or other activities that visitors can participate in for a fee.

9. Raffles

Raffles can be an effective way to raise funds quickly. Ask local businesses to donate prizes and sell tickets to supporters for a chance to win.

10. Donation Drives

Donation drives, like food drives or toy drives, can be a great way to raise funds while also giving back to the community. Partner with a local charity or nonprofit to host a donation drive and collect items from supporters.


By using a combination of these 10 fundraising methods, you can maximize the amount of funds you're able to raise for your amateur sports team. Remember to be creative and have fun, and always show your appreciation to your supporters for their generosity.

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Tyler Childs
Ty is the founder of Tournkey. His background is in travel and events. Over the last 25 years, Ty has had the opportunity to see the world through events. Tournkey is the amalgamation of that journey and the path towards more productive events.