The Club Development Scotland newsletter is a monthly newsletter produced to support community sport groups in achieving their aims and objectives through the facilitation of best practice and services.

Super charge your fundraising in 2021 - Introducing Fantastic Fanatics

Welcome to our final newsletter of 2020,

What a year it has been. However, for all the doom and gloom, it's time to look ahead to 2021 and we're delighted to tell you about our partnership with Fantastic Fanatics to support your fundraising in the year ahead. 

Fantastic Fanatics, which was developed in Scotland, enables sports clubs to generate funds when their own members shop, eat out, book hotels and lots more.

Clubs simply just sign up to Fantastic Fanatics online, upload verifications documents, then ask their club members to sign up as fans, and choose their club to support. Members securely register their everyday debit and credit cards, and any purchases they make online at many major retailers including Boots, Foot Locker, BT, John Lewis, Currys PC World, Sky, Tui, Dunelm, JD Sports and hundreds of others will raise funds for their chosen club.

As well as shopping online, registered fans can raise funds for their clubs by shopping in-store however, at present this is only available in the North East of Scotland. In the near future there will be in-store options across all of Scotland, further increasing the flexibility and choice of where and how club members can contribute to the clubs they love.

The commission paid to sports clubs is automatically taken at the till-point, so the fan does not need to do anything except present their securely linked everyday debit or credit card as normal.

What's more, through our partnership with Fantastic Fanatics, clubs signing up will get an extra 10% income during their first 6 months on the platform when they select 'Club Development Scotland' as their governing body. 

You can hear more about Fantastic Fanatics and our partnership with them in this podcast we recorded with Barry Munro, the platform's co-founder and Operations Director. 

News & What We're Reading

Responsiball Podcast

In this podcast, we spoke to Mia Salvemini of Responsiball about their rankings and how SPFL clubs fared in the 2020 edition of it.

We discussed how clubs in the SPFL Premiership ranked in terms of governance, environment and community compared to other major leagues around Europe and beyond.

Mia highlighted examples of good practice in the fields of environmental work, governance and community outreach from Scotland including nice mentions for Hibs, St Mirren and Motherwell FC.

You can check out the Responsiball 2020 rankings here and you can follow them on Twitter here.

Grant Funding

Clubs can look to raise significant capital for funding through their own independent fundraising methods but often there are funders who support community projects and may make suitable funding partners for your project.

Here are some of the newest funds your club may be eligible to apply for.

If you're looking for support with your fundraising, get in touch.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s ‘Game On’ sport for change initiative launches Scottish activities

A series of initiatives are kicking off as part of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s (CRT) ‘Game On’ sport for change programme in former mining communities across Scotland, including Football 5ives free activity sessions, grants being made available for clubs and a social media competition to win kit. 

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Baillie Gifford Grassroots Sports

The criteria of the Grassroots Sports fund is to improve the quality and participation in sport for all, remove barriers to participation, and improve sustainability. They will consider applications for; purchasing sports equipment, coaching and coaching development, facilities hire, and encouraging the inclusion of those facing barriers to entry.

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Fundraising is an important aspect of any club's success. Check out some ways you can raise valuable income here. If you're looking for support with your fundraising, get in touch.

My Club Hub

Volunteering can be a busy and thankless task so whether it’s managing day to day duties or maintaining a compliant club, supported by nearly 250 design features, your time and effort needn’t be stretched with My Club Hub's membership and payment system.

Make your money work harder, faster and further and with less effort. MCH helps Increase revenue, free up time, automate administration and reward members with features such as automated membership fees and gift aid claims.

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SNAP Sponsorship Support

SNAP helps clubs promote sponsorship opportunities to a wider audience while sharing best practices when it comes to negotiating and securing sponsorship, all within one easy-to-use platform.

Your club can benefit from one month free with the SNAP Sponsorship platform. Simply use the promo code "clubdevelopmentscotland" at checkout and enjoy 12 months of support for the price of 11 (+ keep 100% of your sponsorship)

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Fundraising with Fantastic Fanatics

Fantastic Fanatics (FF) is a great new way to raise funds for your club, at no extra cost, when you shop, eat out, book hotels and lots more.

Clubs can sign up to the FF platform here and start earning money straight away - don't forget to select Club Development Scotland as your governing body for an extra 10% income. 

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Our Club Lotto

Small club lotteries are a powerful and sustainable way for organisations to raise funds for their core activities or larger projects.

Decades of experience in administration, commercial operation and technical knowhow of local lotteries is combined to support your fundraising activities on a bespoke Our Club Lotto portal.


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Resources For Your Club

Sponsorship Masterclass Webinar - 14th January 2021

Last month we were delighted to announce details of our first-ever webinar 'masterclass' in which we'll be discussing sponsorship for your sports club. 

Delivered in partnership with SNAP Sponsorship, this webinar (14th January 2021) will examine how community sports clubs can attract vital income through sponsorship. The webinar will walk attendees through Snap Sponsorship’s platform, provide practical suggestions on attracting sponsors and highlight some successful case studies from clubs in Scotland.

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Measuring your club's social value and where to start

Measuring the social impact of your sports club is important for a number of reasons, such as:

• It can help you understand where the club can improve in its performance to maximise community benefit

• It can help to articulate the value of the club to important stakeholders like funders and local community groups, leading to a range of benefits such as better partnerships, increased investment and more volunteers

• It can help retain focus on a range of objectives rather than simply judging the club on the success of the senior men’s team (for example)

Read our guide on where to start here.

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