A gymnastics club from Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, has raised over £10,000 through Crowdfunder to support themselves through the coronavirus pandemic.
Established in 2016, DC Gymnastics is a small, dedicated gymnastics club for gymnasts in the North of England. The club offers Gymnastics for All and competitive pathways in Tumbling, Women’s Artistic and General Gymnastics.
After a difficult year of reopening and closing due to the pandemic, the club decided to launch a fundraising campaign through Crowdfunder in November 2020, to assist with the financial constrain caused by the lockdowns.
Crowdfunder is a fundraising platform that allows clubs and organisations to tell their story and engage with not just their members, but their local community and businesses to raise money for worthy causes.
Crowdfunder has match funding available from a selection of UK partners, including Sport England, to support clubs and organisations in fundraising efforts set-up to combat the financial difficulty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Neil Couch is one of the coaches at DC who helped to set-up the Crowdfunder project.
He said: "Many clubs are experiencing financial issues and we’ve been lucky that crowdfunding has worked for us. The guidance available on the Crowdfunding website is very helpful and it was easy to get set-up."
The club raised funds by running a number of initiatives over the course of its campaign, including Christmas activities such as Christmas onesie/jumper weeks and advent calendar prize draws.
In January, the club learnt that it was successful in its bid for match funding through their application with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership – one of a number of regional partners associated with Crowdfunder – pushing them to their £10,000 target.
The success of the club’s fundraising efforts has helped the club cover core facility costs, the costs of cleaning materials and equipment.
Neil added: "We’ve also managed to get some funding from Sport England which is allowing us to invest in more equipment and to convert what used to be the parents room, into a multipurpose room so that will give us more space for activities."
Whilst Neil has acknowledged it will take the club some time to get back to the levels of participation they experienced early last year, the money raised will help to get activities back up and running more smoothly.
One member who donated commented on the club’s Crowdfunder page: 'Your contribution is invaluable for our kids' future, and I sincerely hope nothing ever gets in the way of your bringing such an important and beautiful sport as gymnastics into our lives. Thank you and best of luck.'
British Gymnastics is supporting clubs interested in creating new crowdfunding projects through guidance and online support. Clubs that start new projects and are active with their campaigns will also be contacted and offered incentives to help with their pleas for donations.
Take a look at our Crowdfunding Support Guide below.
On Tuesday 16th March from 3.30pm to 4pm, Crowdfunder are running a sport specific webinar to show sports clubs how crowdfunding can be an effective way to raise funds.
Sport England will also be involved, giving details on the Active Together Fund, but the webinar will offer guidance to all clubs on how to set-up a good Crowdfunder project.
If you would like any support or information around setting up a page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.