Club tournaments include:
- Table Tennis
- Fantasy Leagues
- Footy Tipping
Whilst these events are low on the revenue raising scale they are high on engaging club members and creating an atmosphere whereby club members want to visit the clubrooms. This has significant benefits in supporting in house revenue streams such as the bar or canteen. The events typically involve a round-robin format with finals where members contribute an entry fee into a pool and the winner takes a prize. The club retains the majority of the pool.
First up costs of the materials and games can vary. Most times a pool table, table tennis table or darts board are already clubrooms, otherwise they can be purchased via outlets such as eBay for less than $500 same goes for Wii and Playstation. Fantasy games and tipping competitions are hosted by most major news outlets and are free to enter with the ability to set up a league for your specific club - Footytips.com.au is an example.
It is important to promote the tournament with social media tools, club newsletters, the club website and noticeboards, the more members that participate, the better the atmosphere and financial return to the club.
For fantasy leagues and footy tipping - leader board updates around the clubrooms and on the club's website will engage your members and promote interest and participation.
Revenue can be gained in the following ways:
Licences and Permits
The value of your prize and the nature of your tournament will dictate whether the tournament complies with the governing rules on gambling for your state. State gaming laws typically make allowances for club fundraising events - please check our pages on gaming regulations and if in any doubt please seek advice from your state government regulatory authority on gaming.
If alcohol or food is to be served then it is incumbent upon your club to have all appropriate licensing approvals in place (see our information on food and liquor licenses).
Factors to Consider
FormatThe format depends on the tournament and whether it is run on the night or over the season. For example, a darts tournament can be run as a one-off round-robin event with finals to decide the winner or you could run it as a weekly comp over the course of the season with a league-table type format and then have a play-off at the end of the season (presentation day for eg) to decide the winner.
Technology ConsiderationsFor Wii and Playstation tournaments, power supply and big screen/TV considerations will need to be taken into account. For footy tipping and fantasy league competitions, participants will need access to the internet unless tips are submitted manually.
This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.