Frequently asked questions
When my campaign finishes, can people still donate to it?
When you campaign is finished, your payment link will remain open for anybody who wants to continue to support you : ) We introduced this new feature recently as some campaigns keep raising even though they have finished!
How Do I Sponsor An Athlete?
Simply choose the athlete you want to sponsor, click the big red support button and fill out the form with the required information – choosing whatever amount you like.
Who Processes My Transaction?
We use the globally renowned Stripe payment system. Stripe charge 2.4% and a 24c / 20p fee on funds received.
What is PledgeSports?
We are a unique sports funding and sports sponsorship platform for professional athletes, sports teams, clubs, brands and sports organisations. Through PledgeSports, fans and commercial sponsors can help athletes to achieve their sporting dreams through the modern phenomenon of sports crowdfunding.
What is Sports Crowdfunding?
Sports crowdfunding is a 21st century movement. It is the collective effort of people who pool money and network to support other individuals or businesses, mainly using another modern invention to connect: social media. You know, Twitter and Facebook and stuff.
How Does PledgeSports Work?
PledgeSports provides a sports funding platform for both fans and organisations to contribute to the career of a chosen sportsperson, team or club. By pledging funds, they can make it possible for these athletes to excel and succeed within their disciplines. Funds are raised within a given period. Once this comes to an end, the athlete, team or club has access to all contributions.
When do I Receive the Funds Raised From My Crowdfunding Campaign?
By using our payment system -Stripe your money will be transferred to you as its donated. And even when you campaign is finished, your payment link will remain open for anybody who wants to continue to support you : )
Does PledgeSports Charge a Fee for This Service?
Yes. We charge a fee of 8% on all the funds raised in our sports crowdfunding campaigns.
If you are raising for a charity then the fee is 5%
Can Anyone Create a Campaign?
PledgeSports is dedicated to sports so all campaigns must be sports related.
So, yes, any competitive athlete, sports team, sports club or sports organisation can create a campaign.
If you are under 18 years of age, we require written approval from a parent or guardian. Alternatively a parent, guardian or family member can run the campaign for you. They will have ownership and full responsibility for the campaign.
How Do I Create a Campaign?
Create an account on the site, then hit “Create a Campaign” on our Homepage to begin building your campaign. Why not send us a mail first to email@example.com and we will provide you with a detailed document on how to best to compose and manage your campaign. Once approved, we will make it public.
Do I Have to Add Rewards to My Campaign?
We strongly advise you to add rewards to your sports crowdfunding campaign if you want it to be successful. It is not obligatory, but you are more likely to get bigger sponsors if you can offer them something in return.
Can I Edit My Campaign After it is Submitted?
Yes you can!
How Long Does it Take to Get my Campaign Approved?
Within one day. We need to check through all the bits and pieces of every campaign.
We will always keep you updated on progress via email or phone, and as soon as your sports crowdfunding campaign has been approved, you’ll be the first to know. Until then it will not show up on our site and your link won’t work.
Is a Video Required to Launch a Campaign?
Including a video of you in action in your sports crowdfunding campaign can have a great impact, however, it is not necessary. Just something to think about.
If I Do Not Reach My Funding Goal Do I Still Receive The Funds I Have Raised?
Yes! We pay you out whatever you raise
If I Reach My Funding Goal Early Does My Campaign Finish?
No, your sports crowdfunding campaign will continue until your selected finish date. You can receive funding above the amount you have asked for – we’ve had projects reach 350% + of their target!
Who is Responsible For Delivering The Rewards?
You, the campaign creator, is fully responsible for delivering the rewards you outlined in your sports crowdfunding campaign. PledgeSports only provides the platform to facilitate funding. If you are unable to deliver the rewards then you are responsible for providing a full refund to your supporters and sponsors.
Can a Company Sponsor A Campaign?
Of course companies can sponsor. Anybody at all can sponsors an athlete, team or club online at PledgeSports and many of our campaigners will have sponsorship reward options specifically tailored to companies. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more if you fancy it.
Why Sponsor An Athlete?
The income for most professional athletes is non-existent and this puts many athletes at a disadvantage because they do not have the funds for proper equipment, coaching and travel expenses. PledgeSports allows you to contribute to an athlete’s career so you can be a part of their journey to success and be involved on their road to greatness!
Enjoy the benefits of sponsoring sports people, be involved in their triumph and struggles, be inspired by their passion and determination. Be part of their team for as little as the change in your pocket!
Do Sponsors Get Ownership or Equity in the Projects They Fund?
No they don’t. The money a sponsor contributes will go directly to the athlete. The reason for a donation is to show your support for an athlete’s goal and to see a sporting dream become a reality. The athlete will have tailored rewards, which can be selected by the sponsor as a show of appreciation for their donation.
Can I Sponsor An Athlete Anonymously?
Yes, you can sponsor an athlete anonymously and a lot of people do, but there’s really no need to be shy as what you’re doing is a really, really great thing!
Do I Have to Choose a Reward?
No. If you don’t want to receive a reward simply click the ‘no reward’ button’.
Can I Pledge Any Amount?
Yes, any amount of sponsorship for an athlete or team is greatly appreciated.
I Can’t Afford To Sponsor, Is There Any Other Way I Can Help?
Yes there is! Sharing a sports crowdfunding campaign’s link on social media is a highly effective way of helping the project you want to support.