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Take Your Sports Day Online – And Fundraise Too!

‘If you want to watch sports, go to Wembley’

There’s been much on social media and in the news about this year’s school Sports Days. Some schools are letting parents attend, and some are not. We’re sure you’ve all seen the meme about heading to Wembley if you want to watch sports instead of your child’s school!

For children who are disappointed that their parents can’t come and watch, and parents who are upset they can’t watch their child compete – An online sports day could be the perfect solution! Covid regulations and restrictions may be making an in-person Sports Day difficult across the country, but there are ways to take it online and make it into a socially distanced fundraising opportunity – Whether you are a school PTA or another charity!

Encouraging Exercise and Raising Funds

So many fundraising initiatives are sports and exercise based – And an online Sports Day could be the perfect way to get adults, children and whole families involved!

Let’s encourage families to get silly (or serious!) with some fun exercise based games to inspire fundraising.

There are so many Sports Day ideas that you can use to encourage people to get involved – Make sure you ask for plenty of photos, videos and of course sponsorships and donations!

Here are some ideas you can ask your supporters to do on your online Sports Day:

  • Egg and spoon race
  • Shot put (with bean bags, or socks filled with rice)
  • Limbo
  • Skipping
  • 3-legged race
  • Wheelbarrow race
  • Relay race
  • Tug of war
  • Space hopper race

Organising an Online Sports Day

There are a few logistical elements to consider when it comes to arranging your online sports day.

  • Choose a date – If you’re holding it online, then a weekend date might be a good option so it’s not after work and school. Make sure you communicate the date with your potential attendees in as much advance as possible.

  • Prizes– Encourage supporters to send in photos and videos by offering prizes. They could be for the best family effort, the quickest time, or the best fancy dress (maybe you could do a sporting heroes theme!)

  • What are you fundraising for? – Make sure your supporters know your story. If you are using your online Sports Day to fundraise for new school equipment, then make sure everyone knows exactly where their donations are going!

  • Utilise Online Technology – There are so many ways to let online technology work for you when it comes to online fundraising. Market your online sports day event on social media and make sure everyone knows about it. You could create an event on Facebook and invite everyone who ‘Likes’ your page to attend. This is an easy way of communicating with your supporters and attendees. Make sure you have the infrasctructure to receive online donations. Friends and family of your supporters are likely to want to sponsor or donate towards the online Sports Day fun so make it easy for them to do so.

Donater Digital Fundraising Tools

Here at Donater, we’re passionate about providing charities and school PTA’s with an affordable way to introduce digital infrastructure to their fundraising initiatives and help them to raise more money online.

Our suite of online fundraising tools include:

  • A dedicated online fundraising page, personalised to your charity or school PTA. Supporters will immediately recognise your branding and thus, trust that they are in the right place to make a donation. Online fundraising pages are easy to share online via a handy link, and can be easily linked to your website with a ‘Donate Now’ button.

  • QR codes. We’ve all become more accustomed to QR codes with the NHS Covid app, so you’ll know how quick and easy it is to scan one with your smartphone. QR codes can be just as handy for taking donations. All your supporter has to do is scan the QR code with their smartphone, and it will take you to an online donation page. Once there, they can choose to donate with a tap via Google Pay or Apple Pay, or pay with their bank details. QR codes are a great addition to any physical marketing about your event, such as posters or newsletters.

  • NFC Tags. Our NFC tags take the above QR code concept a step further, and enable any supporter of yours with a NFC enabled smartphone to merely tap the tag or sticker. They will then be taken to an online donation page where they can make their donation quickly an simply. These work better with in-person events, but could easily be placed at the entrance or reception to your school or charity so visitors can donate to your cause if they wish.

For more information on how Donater digital fundraising technology could help your charity, head to our website.

Will you be taking your Sports Day online? We’d love to hear your ideas too!

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