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Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Nikki Love

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Sports Crowdfunding Campaign of the Week”.   This week’s winner is the inspiring Nikki Love. On August 27th, Nikki will set off on a world record attempt, running 63 marathons in 63 consecutive days throughout […]

18th August 2017 read full article

Toughest Endurance Sports In The World

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what are “The Toughest Endurance Sports”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Toughest Endurance Sports In this series, we […]

26th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Ocean Rowing

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part series, […]

25th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Cross-Country Skiing

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part series, […]

17th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Cycling

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part […]

9th May 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Scarlett Mew Jensen

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”.  This week’s winner is 15-year-old British diver, Scarlett Mew Jensen. After seven years of diving, Scarlett has been selected to represent Team GB at hir first ever senior Grand Prix […]

5th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Running

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part […]

25th April 2017 read full article

The Key Difference Between Fitness And Endurance

  Through our hugely popular and controversial series, “The Fittest Sport”, we recently discovered which sport boasts the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. But first, we’ll explain the difference between fitness and endurance. One of the most significant factors […]

11th April 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport On The Planet

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

31st March 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Megan Chard

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is 19-year-old Welsh cyclist, Megan Chard. In September 2016, Megan made a decision many young students would shy away from by starting a new career. Her ambition is […]

31st March 2017 read full article

Athlete Of The Week: Kyla Julien

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is double British champion and reigning No. 1 British taekwondo athlete at 59kg, Kyla Julien. Kyla has joined forces with PledgeSports as she prepares to up her already […]

24th March 2017 read full article

How Different Running Surfaces Affect Your Body

The freedom of running takes us on many different surfaces: road, sidewalk, dirt, grass, sand, track, and treadmill. Each surface has its own set of pros and cons and it is important to understand these before starting your run. Here at PledgeSports, we care for the health and fitness of all athletes, whether they’re fundraising […]

15th March 2017 read full article

Athlete Of The Week: Deaflympics Athlete Bethan Lishman

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is British Deaflympian Bethan Lishman. She has joined forces with PledgeSports to fundraise for the 2017 Deaflympics. As Bethan enters her final few days of fundraising we […]

10th March 2017 read full article

Athlete Of The Week: Kim Murray

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is British skeleton athlete, Kim Murray. After a successful fundraising campaign in 2015 saw Kim raise over £2,500, 28-year-old Kim has returned to PledgeSports as […]

3rd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 2

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

Meet The 30,000 Mile Man: Ultra-Runner Jim Gump

Jim Gump is on an incredible mission. He has already run nearly 14,000 miles (10,000 in the UK and 4,000 in the US), covering an average of 22 miles per day! This remarkable quest will eventually see him run 30,000 miles (and he has hinted he may not stop at that!). Jim’s running isn’t without purpose. […]

27th February 2017 read full article

Barefoot Aleks Completes Incredible 6189km Ultra Run

On the 16th of February 2017, Aleks Kashefi went where no man ever has before and completed an unsupported ultra run through the entire length of Europe. Over the course of 196 days, Aleks (or Barefoot as we’ve come to know him) ran 6189km from Nordkap in Norway’s most northerly point, to Tarifa in Spain, […]

22nd February 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Charles Hannaford – The Novice Explorer

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is Charles Hannaford – The Novice Explorer. In April, 24 year-old Londoner, Charles, is setting off on a 17,000 mile unsupported, solo cycle around the […]

3rd February 2017 read full article

The Toughest Footrace On Earth: Khawar Siddique Q&A

In April of this year, Khawar Siddique will brave the Sahara Desert’s extreme temperatures of  +50 degrees celsius as he competes in “The Toughest Footrace On Earth” – Marathon Des Sables. PledgeSports Founder & CEO, Richard Pearson, recently caught up with Khawar to learn more about the Pakistani ultra-runner and his preparations for what will […]

2nd February 2017 read full article

This woman changed her life around by getting active

After heavy smoking from her teens to her 40′s, Trish Train turned her life around for the better and set herself on a healthy new path by starting to run. We hope that Trish’s story will inspire many other women out there to change their lives and get active and healthy. Fast-forward to today and […]

30th January 2017 read full article

Pardon Ndhlovu – One Milestone At A Time

Pardon Ndhlovu is a Zimbabwean Olympian and former PledgeSports athlete who has lived an incredible and unique life to date. In our first edition of guest blogs, the 29 year-old tells of his remarkable, inspiring story and the milestones he has achieved along the way. Enjoy! Zimbabwe: The Early Years If I was to sum […]

23rd January 2017 read full article

Where are they now? – Emma Cahill

Our “Where Are They Now” blogs take a look at former PledgeSports athletes and their lives since. This week we catch up with “Athlete of the Year” in 2015! – Para Dressage Rider and all-round inspirational figure, Emma Cahill.  Six years ago, Dubliner Emma Cahill was involved in a serious accident where a horse flipped […]

18th January 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Fenton Harrison Seabright

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week” award. This week’s winner is motorbike racing’s star of the future, 14 year-old Fenton Harrison Seabright. Fenton has been in love with bikes since the tender age of two. […]

13th January 2017 read full article

10 Tips For Successful Crowdfunding

HAVING helped start and fund 100s of campaigns on PledgeSports, founder and CEO Richard Pearson knows what it takes to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. Now he’s letting the cat out of the bag by giving you his 10 tips for successful crowdfunding in this handy Q&A. Let’s begin… 10 Tips For Successful Crowdfunding What’s […]

11th January 2017 read full article

Where Are They Now? – James Cluskey

Our “Where Are They Now” blogs take a look at former PledgeSports athletes and their lives since. This week is former Irish professional tennis player, James Cluskey. Born and raised in Dublin, James Cluskey focused much of his playing career as a doubles player and was Ireland’s highest ranked doubles player at the time of […]

11th January 2017 read full article

The Man Who Ran Around The World: Q&A With Tony Mangan

In October 2010, Dubliner Tony Mangan departed his native city on a run which would take him around the world. Four years and 50,000km later, he would cross the finish line in Merrion Square, Dublin. Tony is the current world 48-hour indoor track record holder, totalling a distance of 426.178 km within the two-day period. He […]

10th January 2017 read full article

PledgeSports “Athlete of the Year”

2016 has been a great year for us, but that has been made so purely through the great people we have the fortune of working with on a daily basis.  To honour the fantastic times our athletes have given us over the last 12 months, we wanted to give something back to them. One of […]

21st December 2016 read full article

Top 5 Blogs Of 2016

We’ve had a look at our site analytics and come up with our Most Popular Blogs of 2016 among readers. To make life easy for you we’ve put them all into one page for you to enjoy! No.1 – Athletes Running On Empty: Hitting The Wall In this piece we get to grips with the […]

13th December 2016 read full article

Q&A: Pledge Sports founder Richard Pearson talks Crowdfunding

RICHARD PEARSON, CEO and founder of PledgeSports, has kicked back his heels to reveal everything it has taken to make this sports crowdfunding platform the world leader. In the first of five interviews with Dublin City University student Molly Swan, Pearson speaks candidly about running a start-up, sports funding and the crowdfunding era. Let’s begin. […]

8th December 2016 read full article

Q&A: Sophie Rooney Writes Name Into History Books

‘Dare Mighty Things’ “When I first talked to Sophie, she inspired us all here, particularly me, with her motto – “Dare Mighty Things”.  I think we all have a dream deep down to do something out of the ordinary, a real challenge to test our limits or do something completely extraordinary. Sophie has accomplished this. […]

26th November 2016 read full article

Crowdfunding Success: Golden Moment For Para-Riders Film

Millions of spectators around the world watched the Rio 2016 Paralympics last summer, but nobody was afforded the chance to watch this great event through the eyes of a Paralympic athlete. That is, until now. Karen Darke is a British paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer, author, and most recently, a crowdfunding success. Last year, Karen came to […]

22nd November 2016 read full article

Life In The Fast Lane: Kim Murray Talks Winter Sports

Founder & CEO of PledgeSports, Richard Pearson, recently caught up with British skeleton athlete and PledgeSports success story, Kim Murray.  In this light-hearted chat the topics range from winter sports and favourite colours to spending lotto winnings, and everything in between. Here is what happened when Richard met Kim. Enjoy!   What’s your favourite colour?! […]

14th November 2016 read full article

PledgeSports Athlete of the Week: Aston Cook

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we will choose one of them as winner of the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week” award. Each week’s winner announcement will be accompanied by a Q&A with the athlete themselves. This week’s winner is Aston Cook. Aston is a 21 year-old kickboxer […]

4th November 2016 read full article

Sports Injuries: A Spanner in the Works

“When your life revolves around sport, nothing is as frustrating as an injury or sickness that stops you from doing what you love. Nobody likes to be on the sidelines, ourselves included.” – Gareth Reynolds, Digital Director of PledgeSports. “As a very active and busy person, I hate nothing more than being sick or injured. Between tennis, […]

1st November 2016 read full article

Athletes Running On Empty: Hitting The Wall

Often times, sport hinges on defining moments. In tennis, a break of serve. In golf, a clutch up-and-down. In football, a last-minute goal. All are defining, but perhaps none are more so than an athlete “hitting the wall”. Hitting the Wall refers to the moment an ultra-athlete’s body no longer has any energy to burn. […]

27th October 2016 read full article

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. The person who starts a long-distance run is a different person to the one who finishes it. In a form of sport that pushes every atom of human effort to its limit, we delve inside the minds of […]

27th October 2016 read full article

‘You sweat, you die’ – Inside the mind and body of an ultra-athlete

Founder & CEO of PledgeSports, Richard Pearson, recently caught up with ultra-athlete, Audrey McIntosh, as she prepares  for a challenge never before attempted by any woman in history.  Audrey McIntosh is a 53 year-old mother and ultra-athlete from Scotland. By her own admission, Audrey is an ordinary woman fitting in training around her family and work […]

27th October 2016 read full article

Irish Hockey thank fans for Rio 2016 Support

Irish Hockey goalkeeper David Fitzgerald met with PledgeSports CEO & Founder Richard Pearson to discuss the team’s hugely successful crowdfunding campaign and how important a role the Irish hockey community and wider public played in turning the team’s Olympic hopes into reality.   RP: We’re here with David Fitzgerald from the Irish Hockey team, who were […]

4th October 2016 read full article

Two Millies And A Ross – Diving In For GB & Sheffield

TWO Millies and a Ross have joined PledgeSports.org to fund their first major step towards becoming Team GB’s Divers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Millie Haffety, Millie Fowler, and Ross Haslam are part of Britain’s elite junior diving squad. They are teenagers, who have just finished their A Levels, are all from Sheffield, and have […]

29th June 2016 read full article

“Marcus Willis took control, he believed, now he’s at Wimbledon” – Richard Pearson

MARCUS WILLIS, who plays Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s main draw today, believed. You didn’t know who he was last week, but PledgeSports.org founder Richard Pearson did – that’s his job. The past few days have been as emotional and exciting for Pearson as it has for Marcus Willis; when Willis came to PledgeSports two […]

29th June 2016 read full article

Imagine Meeting Nick Bollettieri Days Before Wimbledon?

WANT to know what a world-famous Octogenarian tennis coach is up to on the eve of Wimbledon? PLEDGESPORTS Founder Richard Pearson doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a huge tennis fan, so when he literally bumped into legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri at his tennis club in Dublin, he was shocked. “I became a massive tennis […]

29th June 2016 read full article

When Barefoot Met Gump At Parkrun

IT has been a phenomenal fews weeks following our THREE crowdfunding ultra-marathon runners as they prepare to take on runs later this year that will total more than 26,000 miles – and then this happened. It blew our socks off really: JimGump, out to bring Forrest Gump’s US-wide run to life, jogging side-by-side with Barefoot […]

16th June 2016 read full article

Digital Athletes Out To Be First Self-Funded Tennis Stars

MICHAEL MISCHKER is a digital marketing executive and father to a pair of talented tennis players, who he believes can become the first self-funded junior tennis players in the world. The Global Vice President of Digital Marketing SAP Hybris founded the brand tennisBrothers for his sons Felix and Lucian, and it has built a social media […]

18th April 2016 read full article

How Pledge Sports Supports Women In Sport

IT’S International Womens Day, and we are international women supporters. We’d like to show you how and catch up with some of the talented sports women we have supported since last year’s International Womens Day. One of our most memorable sports crowdfunding projects was the para-equestrian Emma Cahill from Dublin in Ireland. Emma was a […]

8th March 2016 read full article

Why Is Britain So Good At Skeleton Racing?

WHERE did Skeleton racing come from and why is Britain so good at it? We’ve helped Biathletes, Snowboarders, Curlers and Skiiers get the winter sports funding they need in the build up to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018, but the most impressive are our Skeleton racers. Sliding down icy chutes at over 130km/h, […]

1st December 2015 read full article

PledgeSports among nominees for Sport Industry Awards

IT’S awards season and we’re delighted to announce that, hot on the heels of our World Summit Award, PledgeSports.org is among the nominees for the Irish Sport Industry Awards. These awards have been set up this year by the Federation of Irish Sport to recognise excellence in the thriving Irish Sport Industry. The 12 award categories […]

29th October 2015 read full article

The Autumn Newsletter: Guess who’s Top Project?!

Autumn Newsletter Big news, PledgeSports.org has merged with Talent Backer! In an exciting move for us and all our crowdfunders, PledgeSports.org has joined forces with another crowdfunder, Talent Backer, bringing together invaluable resources – all directed at ensuring YOU achieve YOUR goals. Soon Talent Backer will relaunch as an entertainment crowdfunding operation, continuing the support […]

14th October 2015 read full article

PledgeSports.org takes over Talent Backer’s sports crowdfunding arm

  RICHARD PEARSON, CEO and founder of PledgeSports.org, has taken over Talent Backer and merged its sports crowdfunding assets into PledgeSports.org. The move comes as part of PledgeSports.org’s continued expansion, boosting the European leader in sports crowdfunding’s brand and allowing Talent Backer to continue to support the Arts community by relaunching as an entertainment crowdfunding […]

14th October 2015 read full article

Pledge Sports wins World Summit Award for digital innovation

PledgeSports.org among the 40 winners of UN-based World Summit Award, showcasing the world’s best practices in digital innovation 40 Winners, 24 Runner-ups, selected from 386 nominations. This World Summit Award once more brings you a diameter of innovation from Indonesia to Argentina, from Iceland to New Zealand. After a huge selection process, PledgeSports.org was one […]

12th October 2015 read full article

Hockey Team Funded: Tanzania’s Off To Olympic Qualifying

National women’s hockey team raises money for Rio 2016 dream THREE years ago Tanzania did not have a women’s hockey team now, thanks to the hockey funding they received via their Sports Crowdfunding campaign, they are heading to Africa Olympic Qualifying next month. Italian Valentina Quaranta, charity COPE’s Volunteer of the Year 2015, built the […]

18th September 2015 read full article

I Can Focus On World Championships Thanks To Crowdfunding

Sports crowdfunding answer to Deary’s training funding woes TRIATHLETE Emma Deary recently raised nearly £4,000 to fund her training and travel costs for the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago and next year’s European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon. The Bishop’s Stortford athlete did this through sports crowdfunding with Pledge Sports and, in her thank you message […]

24th August 2015 read full article

Think We’re Not Sports Funding’s Future?

‘What Pledge Sports Gave Me Will Last Long After Funding Runs Out’ IF you think our crowdfunding platform is not sports funding’s future, talk to Paralympic hopeful Emma Cahill. The equestrian joined Pledge Sports at the start of this year, hoping to raise sports funding to help her compete at the European Para-Dressage Championships, with […]

26th July 2015 read full article

What do businesses gain from athlete sponsorship?

We see crowdfunding as the first step toward securing athlete sponsorship. Social media allows athletes to leverage the power of posting quality, popular content in order to find sponsors and get funded. In crowdfunding with PledgeSports, athletes can take charge of their futures. All you have to do is follow the advice below! “If you don’t […]

6th February 2015 read full article

Athletes of the Week: Elite Junior Tennis Players

“It’s only a matter of time before we are at Grand Slams regularly, but we need to get these juniors on the road.” TENNIS IRELAND’s performance director Garry Cahill is in the RTE 2fm studio talking shop and someone has just brought up football and the stresses players claim to be under, physically. “I laugh […]

23rd January 2015 read full article

Centralisation strategy: why it creates sports funding holes

IT IS a myth that success is all it takes to be successful. Tight government sports funding pots put pressure on distributors, the governing bodies, to form select and economical strategies for achieving the best possible results. No country can evenly fund all sports and thus some disciplines must build a minefield of qualifications that […]

21st January 2015 read full article

Athlete gains top sports sponsor after PledgeSports campaign

Sports sponsor signs athlete after Pledge Sports sponsorship campaign IRELAND international triathlete Kevin Thornton, who funded most of last season via PledgeSports, has gained a new sports sponsor. The athlete is set to be sponsored by warm-weather training camp Tenerife Top Training this term. Thornton’s 2014 was hampered by injuries, but he finished on a […]

14th January 2015 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Evan Hoyt

“Those top guys aren’t invincible; they’re human. They’re just extremely good at executing their games.” INJURY halted Evan Hoyt last year, but the Welsh 19-year-old has emerged stronger and more mature and gunning for a top 500 position in the world tennis rankings. Hoyt, from Llanelli in South Wales, finished up his junior career ranked […]

7th January 2015 read full article

When Sport’s Superstars Back Rising Talent for Sports Funding

“He’s so far ahead of everyone else” SPORTS stars love their sport, whoever is doing it, and can always be called upon to help a talented athlete in need of sports funding. The fanbase and sponsors they have built up through the minefield of their own careers are passionate about the sport their star excels […]

6th January 2015 read full article

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – JEMIMA DUXBERRY!

At PledgeSports we want to celebrate our athlete’s achievements. They dedicate their lives to training and competition and we want to showcase that, so we bring you “Athlete of the Week”! Each week, we will be catching up with one of our amazing athletes to give you an insight into a life dedicated to sport. […]

26th May 2014 read full article

Why Choose Crowdfunding For Sports Funding?

RICHARD PEARSON, CEO and founder of PledgeSports, has answered the burning questions all athletes have about choosing crowdfunding for sports funding. Crowdfunding is ideally designed to be the new sports funding model for  the 1,000s of athletes in minority sports like water polo, touch rugby and lacrosse, that do not have access to government support.  […]

5th January 0201 read full article
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