After nine months, the football season is over. As football fans around the country think of new ways to fill their Saturday afternoons, everyone else can triumphantly return to their living rooms and reclaim their couches; at least until the start of the Euros next month.
To celebrate we have highlighted some footie-related fundraising that has caught our eye.
This season, Arsenal raised a whopping £120,689.86 for its charity partner Save the Children. Fundraising events included ‘Be a Gunner be a Runner’, a 10-lap fun run around the Emirates Stadium. The club also had a dedicated match day where players and staff donated a day’s wages to the cause. Does your sports team have a JustGiving page? Why not link your fundraising page to your sports team if it has a JustGiving page?
During a Premier League match, Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath asked fans to reach for their mobiles and donate through JustTextGiving by Vodafone. In doing so the crowd broke the record for the most amount of money raised during a game, helping Acorn Children’s Hospice raise £7,500. JustTextGiving codes are available to anyone with a fundraising page and can make it easier for your friends and family to donate on the go. Find out more about how you can use JustTextGiving.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation uses football to energise homeless people to change their lives. They engage with over 30,000 homeless players and are active in over 64 different nations. Last year supporters of the organisation from around the world raised funds to get their teams to the annual world cup event, held in Paris. Scotland were the eventual winners, beating Brazil in the final to win the event for the second time.
There has been lots of football-related fundraising going on around the country this season. Let us know what your football team has been up. Leave a comment on our Facebook wall, send us a tweet or leave a comment on the blog below.