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Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Month: Glencoe Mountain Resort

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each month we choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Sports Crowdfunding Campaign of the month”.   This month’s winner is Glencoe Mountain Resort in the Scottish Highlands. The team at Glencoe have launched a crowdfunding campaign that could be a “game-changer” for skiing in […]

29th September 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: City Of London Mile

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 City of London Mile, the UK’s most inclusive race. The annual City of London Mile, first held in June 2014, is completely free to enter, and […]

29th September 2017 read full article

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

Fundraising For Sports Teams

We are global leaders with years of experience in fundraising for sports teams from all sports around the world, and because of that, we’ve become the perfect platform to help you generate the money your team needs. Crowdfunding is a powerful platform which can grow the reach of fundraising for sports teams by tenfold. In […]

8th August 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Sarinah Maduro

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 14-year-old Caribbean tennis talent, Sarinah Maduro. Sarinah wants to finish off the year in style by participating in the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Championships […]

28th July 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Pam Thorburn

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 British ski cross athlete Pam Thorburn. Pam has launched a sports crowdfunding campaign to raise money which will support her bid to qualify for […]

21st July 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Molly Summerhayes

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 19-year-old British freestyle skier, Molly Summerhayes. Molly has launched a sports crowdfunding campaign to raise money which will support her bid to qualify for […]

14th July 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Czech Touch

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 winners are the Czech Republic Junior Touch Cubs. The U15 squad have their sights set on the Junior Touch Championships being hosted in Dublin this August. Touch […]

7th July 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Zambia Hockey

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 winners are the Zambian Men’s and Ladies hockey teams. On February 26th, 2017 they made history in becoming the first Zambian hockey teams in history to qualify for […]

30th June 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign Of The Week: Venezuela Hockey

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 winners are the Venezuelan Men’s Hockey Team.  Under the management of former president René Granat, the team has been working extremely hard since 2013 to build a strong […]

16th June 2017 read full article

Sports Crowdfunding Campaign of the Week: Sweden Touch

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 winners are Sweden’s U15 Touch Rugby team. Within just one week the team had smashed their crowdfunding target and the fantastic support is still coming in […]

9th June 2017 read full article

Who Are PledgeSports?

PledgeSports is a global crowdfunding and sponsorship platform for sport! Spreading across 41 countries around the world (and counting), we have helped men, women, kids, teams, clubs, and even the odd OAP raise money in every sport known to man (and there are some pretty crazy sports out there!) Outside of humans, we have help sports […]

8th June 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Charlotte Trenter

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 16-year-old show jumper, Charlotte Trenter. Since the age of nine, Charlotte has dreamt of winning the French Championships and being selected to compete internationally around the world. With […]

18th May 2017 read full article

Athlete Of The Week: Kate Kerr-Horan

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 Kate Kerr-Horan. At 3-years-old, Kate suffered a serious injury and her parents were told that she would never walk again. Fast-forward 20 years and Kate is […]

12th 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

Team of the Week: Colombia Women’s Lacrosse

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Team of the Week”. This week’s winners are the Colombia Women’s Lacrosse team. This group of 20 players share a collective dream of representing their country at the 2017 Lacrosse World Cup in London […]

7th April 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

Diary Of An Ultra Runner: Ice Marathon Experience

Audrey McIntosh is preparing to write history as she will run 7 100km ultra-marathons across 7 continents. Audrey has joined PledgeSports in an effort to fundraise for this extreme expedition – you can view her incredible story here. As you’d imagine, her preparation for this challenge is gruelling, and perhaps none of her training sessions will be outdone […]

29th 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

5 Tips On How To Survive An Ultra Run

Ultra running, the sport that is often met with disbelief from non-ultrarunners, has been said to be 10% physical and 90% mental and in a way that’s exactly how it is.  People of all abilities line up to start, and on the flipside people of all abilities pull out of a run. The reasons can […]

16th 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

10 Things You Didn’t Know About JimGump

On October 1st, JimGump set off on a 20,000-mile run around the US with the mission of inspiring a generation to be more active and healthy. Fast-forward to March 2017 and Jim has run over 4,000 miles, inspiring children throughout the states of Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida and New York, to name a […]

13th 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

Kim Murray: The Life Of A Future Winter Olympics Athlete

Since swapping the long jump sandpit for icy tracks two years ago, GB skeleton athlete Kim Murray has been working towards the Winter Olympics. She recently joined PledgeSports to fundraise her Winter Olympic ambition. In her guest blog, Kim gives an exclusive behind the scenes look into the life of an athlete trying to qualify for […]

8th 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

Diary Of An Ultra Runner: Desert Marathon Experience

Audrey McIntosh is preparing to write history as she will run 7 100km ultra-marathons across 7 continents. Audrey has joined PledgeSports in an effort to fundraise for this extreme expedition – you can view her incredible story here. As you’d imagine, her preparation for this challenge is gruelling, and perhaps none of her training sessions will be […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

The PledgeSports “Month In A Minute”

February kicked off with a bang as we marked our 3rd birthday by launching our brand new sports blog. The feedback has been fantastic and we are constantly adding lots of quality content to it. We’ve got something for everyone in here – check it out! End Of An Era February sees us say farewell to one […]

28th February 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

Team Of The Week: Heads Together And Row

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”, but this week we’ve opted for a “Team of the Week” award instead. This week’s winners are Heads Together And Row. It’s the team’s final week on PledgeSports, so we urge […]

24th 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: Hannah Stevenson

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, Hannah Stevenson. The 23-year-old Nottingham native recently finished her masters in Sheffield Hallam University and has now switched her focus from […]

17th 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

Athlete Of The Week: Trish Train

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 the inspirational Trish Train, who at 50 years of age has given up smoking 35-40 cigarettes a day and been selected as a half-marathon […]

26th January 2017 read full article

Examples Of Successful Crowdfunding

We are the best at what we do. One of the reasons for this is that we are experts in this industry and give people the advice and training they need to be successful (Not that everyone listens!). So, we thought we would put together a blog with some examples of successful crowdfunding and show why […]

25th 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

Who Can Crowdfund On PledgeSports?

We often receive emails asking, “Who Can Crowdfund”, “Can I be on PledgeSports?”, “What age do I have to be?”, “Can I set up a campaign for someone else?”, and “What country must I be from?” The answer to all of the above questions is that any athlete or team, of any age, from any […]

20th January 2017 read full article

Team of the Week: GB Mens U17 Water Polo

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”, but this week we’ve opted for a “Team of the Week” award instead. This week’s winner is the talented group of players from the Great Britain Mens U17 Water Polo team. […]

20th 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

10 Niche Sports You’ve Never Heard Of

The world is a big place. Needless to say there are some sports that you have never heard of. Luckily, the PledgeSports team pride themselves on being up to speed with everything there is to know about sport. Minority sports often go unfunded by governments and sports councils, therefore crowdfunding is the perfect option and […]

16th 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

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

How to treat Shin Splints: Expert Advice

Shin Splints are the bane of any pro athlete’s existence. Even us amateurs get them from time to time. They’ll creep up on you out of nowhere and put your body through a world of pain in the process. Thankfully we’ve got some great top tips on how to treat Shin Splints so you never have […]

9th January 2017 read full article

Who will be the top PledgeSports people of 2017?

The clock is already ticking on 2017, but what will the coming year have in store for PledgeSports’ athletes? In 12 months time, who will stand out as our athlete/team of the year? We already have one person on the list for 17 and that’s Barefoot Aleks.  He is set to be the first person to […]

6th January 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Sofia Segui Edmundson

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 we are picking a junior! Our winner is 9 year-old rising star of the tennis world, Sofia Segui Edmundson. A dual citizen hailing from Mallorca in […]

6th 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

PledgeSports Top 5 Moments of 2016

“We had a massive year in 2015 – we expanded into more than 14 countries, had a successful round of investment, and even managed to pick up a Global Summit award along the way!  “To match that in 2016 was never going to be easy but I think we pulled it off. Better than that, […]

15th 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

Athlete Of The Week: Paddy Gallagher – RowPaddyRow

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 Paddy Gallagher and his project, RowPaddyRow – 1 Man 1 Leg 1 Ocean. A former member of the Irish Guards, Paddy lost his leg […]

5th December 2016 read full article

Al-Aire Films Reflect On Crowdfunding For “Para-Riders”

 ”At PledgeSports we love movies! So, being involved in helping to finance one was a great experience, especially when it revolved around para-cycling and the Paralympic athletes at Rio 2016. From a crowdfunding perspective, it’s always great to see what the money is being used for and the end result. So, seeing the short film […]

2nd December 2016 read full article

Athlete Of The Week: Kasete Skeen – The Tongan Skier

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 Kasete Skeen (The Tongan Skier). Potentially the coolest man on the planet, Kasete upped and left his job in London to pursue his ambition – […]

2nd 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

PledgeSports Athlete Of The Week: Sophie Rooney

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”. This week’s winner is Sophie Rooney (Rundinavia). Sophie, who swears by the motto, “Dare Mighty Things”, left England for Norway in August. Last week, after three months of running, […]

25th 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

PledgeSports Athlete Of The Week: Jim Gump

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 Jim Plunkett-Cole (Jim Gump), the inspirational man running 20,000 miles, the longest continuous run in history, in an attempt to change the lives of […]

18th November 2016 read full article

Running Man: Jim Gump – 11,000 down, 19,000 Miles To Go

Setting your mind to something is a part of life, it is how we achieve the goals that take us to the next step, whatever that step may be. For some, it could be walking to work rather than getting the bus. For others, it could be a Saturday morning cycle, or swim in the […]

15th 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

Generation of tennis is inspired by Elena Baltacha

On May 14th 2014, British tennis icon and former Olympian, Elena Baltacha-Severino, passed away after her battle with a serious liver condition and ultimately, liver cancer. The legacy Baltacha left behind is one of inspiration and determination. Diagnosed with Primary Sclerosis Cholangitis at 19, Elena played her way to the top of the tennis world, overcoming […]

7th October 2016 read full article

Gaelic Masters Association fill the void in life after GAA

GAA is a way of life. It’s something you’re born in to. The sport captures the mind and body from a very young age and becomes an integral part of existence for the foreseeable future. But what happens when something that important and time consuming stops? How are players filling the void left by a […]

5th 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

JimGump has started world’s longest run

On October 1st, Jim Plunkett-Cole (JimGump) set off on what is the longest run ever attempted. 20,000 miles and 3 years of running stand between Jim and the history books.   Jim is recreating the infamous cross-country trek from the 1994 Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump, hence his apt nickname, JimGump. Over the 1,172 day run, […]

29th September 2016 read full article

Tongan quits his job to become first Winter Olympic skier

Tongan skier, Kasete Naufahu Skeen, has dropped his job and city life in London in an attempt to be Tonga’s first skier to compete in the Winter Olympics. It may sound like a reality-meets-Cool Runnings scenario, but rest assured, Skeen is treating his campaign with the utmost seriousness. He is very aware of the fact […]

27th September 2016 read full article

Festival Premiere for Emma Cahill Story

  CONGRATULATIONS to director Jessica Lamb and Pledge Sports crowdfunded Emma Cahill. Their short documentary film about Emma, titled Recycled Equestrian, has been selected to premiere at the Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival on October 6. The project was made as part of a Filmbase.ie documentary film-making course, and is the second Film […]

13th September 2016 read full article

Good luck to our crowdfunded Paralympians!

IT’S day one of the Rio 2016 Paralympics and we are looking forward to seeing our crowdfunded Paralympians in action! Of course, they aren’t just our crowdfunded Paralympians, they are also yours; it was your support that helped them get to Rio 2016 and it is your support that will continue to fire them through […]

8th September 2016 read full article

Sponsor Athletes, Not Officials – Use Crowdfunding

THROUGHOUT the Rio 2016 Olympic Games we were appalled by the way athletes were treated. So many incidents highlighted once again why sports crowdfunding is the only way you should offer support to athletes; the only way you know for sure that your support Sponsors Athletes NOT Officials. Village disaster The Olympic Village in Recreio […]

22nd August 2016 read full article

Paralympics Ireland launches crowdfunder – with exclusive Dreaming Of Rio rewards

PARALYMPICS IRELAND has launched a sports crowdfunding campaign with us today – and it comes with an exclusive reward! They’ve commissioned the beautiful, limited edition, Dreaming Of Rio print, a gorgeous work which embodies everything the Paralympic Games are – More Than Sport. Thanks to this Paralympics Ireland campaign, there are now yet even more […]

27th July 2016 read full article

12 PledgeSports Crowdfunders selected for Rio 2016!

NO turning back now. Olympic selections have been made for Rio 2016 and we’re thrilled to announce that we have helped 12 athletes and teams make it on to their Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic rosters. And we’re already working on fundraising campaigns to help the future generation of stars get to Tokyo 2020! Are […]

21st July 2016 read full article

Women’s Rugby Support Rises With Olympic 7s Debut

WOMEN’S Rugby will be played at the Olympic Games for the first time this August as the new Rugby 7s tournaments for men and women are introduced at Rio 2016. In the build-up to that, we have seen an influx in brand new Women’s Rugby teams, and expanding established teams, coming to us with renewed […]

20th July 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

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

Five Things You Don’t Know About Shannon McCurley

SHANNON McCURLEY is an Australian-born Irish woman with a need for speed and an insatiable appetite for competition. She’s joined PledgeSports.org to fund her continued preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, after unexpectedly becoming the first ever Irish female track cyclist to qualify for a Games. People in this hemisphere don’t know a lot about […]

16th June 2016 read full article

Paralympics Fundraisers Need Your Final Push

LESS than 100 days out from the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, what are many of Britain and Ireland’s leading medal hopes doing? Worrying about fundraising. They are worrying about fundraising for travel costs, for accommodation costs, for the latest equipment, the best nutrition, for extra time off work to train, for […]

30th May 2016 read full article

Couch to 3,000km: Diary Of An Ultra Marathon Beginner

Training For Ultra Marathons For Beginners WE’VE so many ultra marathon runners raising adventure funding on PledgeSports.org right now, we felt sharing their expertise was well overdue. Behold, the latest extract from running newcomer Sophie Rooney’s Diary of An Ultra Marathon Beginner It’s The Rooney’s (almost) Couch to 3,000km: Training for Ultra Marathons For Beginners: […]

16th May 2016 read full article

Marathoner To Sing For His Adventure Funding

WATCH these hilarious #OperaticLandscapes videos and support Aleks Kashefi’s Adventure Funding campaign to get yourself in the next episode. HAVE you met our barefoot, bearded runner Aleks Kashefi? He’s planning to run from the top to the bottom of Europe, that’s 4,750miles from Norway to Sicily – and he’s going to do it barefoot. Yep, […]

11th May 2016 read full article

Crowdfunding Roland-Garros Hope Gains Season Sponsor

  WHAT starts small, doesn’t have to end small. Small donations on our sports crowdfunding campaigns can grow into full-on commercial sponsorship. Lucy Shuker is proof. Lucy Shuker is a wheelchair tennis player, who with Jordanne Whiley in the doubles, landed Great Britain its first ever women’s wheelchair tennis medal at London 2012′s Paralympic Games. At […]

11th May 2016 read full article

Country Rallies For Olympic Hockey Fundraiser

WHEN we started PledgeSports, we saw it as a sports fundraising model that could outlive any others and put sports people, teams, and clubs more in control of their futures. Now after just two years in we are seeing an entire country get behind it’s Hockey Team for a historic Olympic Hockey Fundraiser. Here is […]

11th May 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

Runner On Road To Rio Thanks To Crowdfunding

IT’S always heart-warming to see an athlete’s dreams come true and for the Olympic Runner that’s about to happen thanks to her sports crowdfunding campaign on PledgeSports. Rosie Galligan is Ireland’s fastest ever female 800m runner, having cracked the legendary Sonia O’Sullivan’s 19-year-old National Record. She’s also the reigning 1500m National Championship, the third fastest […]

13th April 2016 read full article

Sponsor Lacrosse As World LAX Comes To Limerick

IRELAND Lacrosse has launched a sponsorship campaign to find lacrosse sponsors for its World Lacrosse Championships bid this year, just days after confirming that World LAX is coming to Limerick. The Irish men’s U19 Lacrosse team is set to make its first World Championships appearance at this July’s FIL Men’s World Under-19 Lacrosse Championships in Coquitlam, […]

13th April 2016 read full article