Below are some recent crowdfunding successes, where sports people have raised significant funds and generated unprecedented support for their goals.
This has made a massive difference to their careers. They now have a good public profile, a hugely increased fanbase and the money they need to train and travel around the world to compete.
Thank you for making these Sports Crowdfunding Successes happen.
Al Aire Films"We started a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo, which didn’t have much success."
Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf, beach volleyball team
Follow Chris and Jake's beach volleyball career all the way to the Rio 2016 Olympics @GBRBeachVolleyBall
Sophie Rooney, Ultra Runner
“Pledgesports helped enormously - it is a great way of being able to generate funds without feeling like you are pestering people for support. It was so easy to set up, it gave me a platform to share my story/cause, and it is a great way of offering people something back for their support. Your company is so supportive, enthusiastic and helpful too so it never felt difficult or a hassle to set up the page or contact you for advice."
“Without a PledgeSports page I would not have generated the funds I needed for the trip, You've helped me to see that no dream is too big and I hope that if I can help any of you in return one day, that you won't hesitate to ask me.”“You may not realise but your enthusiasm really spurred me on and I'm sure it does to others too. I think the whole concept of your business is incredible - I love that it gives everyone, from any background, an opportunity to excel. It's one example of some thing being done right in this world - they seem to be getting increasingly rare so cherish that!” Follow Sophie Rooney as she works towards bigger and better projects in the future: @THEsophierooney
Emma Cahill, para-equestrian
"Within 24 hours I had been contacted with advice and encouragement to just go for it. The team have great press contacts and sent out a press release on my behalf, which went down really well.
"After that, they helped to manage press appearances, gave advice and helped me promote myself as best I could.
"Looking back, I can't quite believe all of the things that Pledge Sports made possible for me. Yes, getting to 100% was amazing, but there's more to it than that.
"Pledge Sports got the ball rolling and got my story out there in a way that will continue long after the funding has been spent.
"I've had the pleasure of speaking to so many of my supporters and their well wishes are there to keep me going when things aren't going to plan.
Pledge Sports are a dedicated and knowledgeable team and I've definitely called them once or twice to pick their brains about things outside of the campaign. They want to help you so if you're willing to put the work in, you've come to the right place."Follow Emma Cahill's para-equestrian career: @Cahill_E. Watch Emma Cahill's Tedx Talk: Impossible Is Temporary
Nicola Slater, tennis player
"It was an incredible boost to see how many people support me and believe in me. It does get lonely and, you know there are people who believe in you, but to see just how many was an indescribable feeling. Even just the shares on social media and the comments they would post.
"It is important to surround yourself with positivity and that is exactly what PledgeSports and the team are. It is an unbelievable platform for athletes to spread the word about funding. Especially since so many people don't realise that most professional athletes struggle to fund their dreams and ambitions."
Follow Nicola Slater's tennis career: @NikSlater
James Cluskey, tennis player
"Since joining PledgeSports I have grown my profile, gotten a lot of publicity and can now afford to travel to more tournaments which will really help my ranking and hopefully help me make it to Wimbledon.
"I also received some commercial sponsorship which is great for any athlete! This makes complete sense for any athlete if you ask me."
Follow James Cluskey's tennis career: @JamesCluskey
Kevin Thornton, triathlete
"The support and interest shown in not only my campaign but the campaign of my fellow athletes was fantastic.
"They helped to raise my profile and with it, help me achieve my fundraising target for the year, which allows me to be focused solely on my training and racing for the season ahead."
Follow Kevin Thornton's triathlon career: @kttriathlete
Emma Deary, triathlete
"I am completely overwhelmed by the support I have received from friends, family, colleagues and companies I work with. I managed to raise 125% of my target!
"Raising this money means that I can remain focused on the run up to the World Championships in Chicago and have a really strong winter training. It has also set me up well for the costs of racing at the 2016 European Championship’s in Lisbon.
Follow Emma Deary's triathlon career: @EmmaDeary
Tom Reed, judo player
"PledgeSports was more than a simple platform for my crowdfunding campaign. Their experience helped me promote my story to a wider audience than I could have alone in a really effective and powerful way.
"This meant I was able to gain tremendous support from those who viewed my campaign which will allow me to go out and compete on the World Judo stage."
Follow Tom Reed's judo career: @TomReed86
Lucy Hatton, hurdler
"Because of this pledge I've had the opportunity to do so much; I've gone to school, done meet and greets, and spoken to loads of amazing people!
"And the guys at PledgeSports have been so supportive and very helpful with me! It's been amazing!
Follow Lucy Hatton's hurdling career: @LucyHattonXxx
Kim Murray, skeleton racer
"They always shared advice and answered questions promptly and were in general super helpful.
"I loved using PledgeSports as a platform for crowdfunding.
"They shared my story and page on a regular basis, no doubt helping me to achieve well in excess of my target."
Follow Kim Murray's Winter Olympics career: @KimMurray88