We look at the importance of ITF Junior events and how crowdfunding can be used to help bring in the money and sponsorship needed to host them.
ITF Junior tournaments are a vital stepping stone for you super talented tennis players, it gives them their first taste of tour life and offers them a chance to compete internationally to build ITF ranking points.There are over 500 tournaments around the world every year including the ITF junior Masters and the 4 Grand Slams. But hosting these tournaments is tough financially as they attract a small fraction of main ATP tour audiences and therefore very little sponsorship.
In June this year we got contacted by Aistis Slajus, a coach from David Lloyd Riverview in Dublin and a tournament director of an Under 18 ITF event. Like all tennis events, the inaugural ITF ‘Get a grip” tournament needed to raised money and get some commercial sponsors in to be able to host the event. Given that tennis is one of the most popular sports on PledgeSports, of course we wanted to help!
About the Event
The ITF Get A Grip tournament is an indoor hardcourt event with the a 32 player main draw boys and girls – Singles and doubles with young up and coming tennis players from all over Europe The event is to become an annual one at David Lloyd Dublin.
These tournaments are very important for junior players as if gives them great experience and very important a chance to earn ranking points. You can follow the Get A Grip annual tournament on Facebook
Crowdfunding a tennis event
We helped Aistis set up a page then market it to club members which were excited to have a high profile tennis event at the club and backed it accordingly! The tennis event crowdfunding page raised €1,460 but more importantly helped market and create awareness for the event. The event managed to raise around 8k in total and brought in some great sponsors like VitHit drinks, Life Pharmacy and S&F foods. PledgeSports have now helped tennis players and events all around the world raise well over 100K.
The fully list of sponsors can be seen below:
The grade 5 juniors event proved to be a big hit and created some great buzz around the club.
Well done to girls winner Alicia Dudeney (GB) on defeating Jasmine Conway in the finals and Toby Samuel (GB) who defeated Hugo Maia boys event.
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