Unless you have a Russian Oil Baron or a Middle-Eastern Prince in your Coaching Team, few clubs have the resources to pay for a full tour. Here is some help for getting the funds in!
This is the fun and rewarding part of the organisation process. After a lot of hard work, the entire party will be able to enjoy the tour all that much more knowing the effort that has gone into the fundraising.
As with forming a committee and getting the tour party together, there is some work to do in getting your tour budget filled with sponsorship, donations and monies raised at functions and events...
Great for rural clubs. Ask your Groundsman to mark out the main pitch into two-metre square boxes, this should create up to 1250 squares. Sell tickets for each square. Then, at a Summer Party, and ideally if you have a farmer in your club, ask him to bring a cow to the pitch. The square which he chooses to do his business, wins. Simple.
Have pictures of all the lads in various poses with rugby balls covering our modesty. Sell advertising space on each page. Sell the calendar to friends and relatives back home, flat mates, course mates, girlfriends, etc. Donate some of the profits to charity so that people are more likely to buy it. Make a quid or two from each calendar.
The Real Ale revolution is sweeping the country. Why not contact a local micro-brewery and negotiate a price for a barrel. Then, sweet-talk your club steward into putting the proceeds of sales from this keg into the tour fund.
Free Tour Place Have a raffle - £5 per ticket. The winner gets a free place on tour or £200 cash. Get every tourist to sell at least X amount of tickets. Make it worthwhile!
Get each player to gather some sponsorship before hosting a full squad leg wax after training in the changing rooms. Painful.