IRFU WEBINAR: Online fund-raising options for rugby clubs

IRFU WEBINAR: Online fund-raising options for rugby clubs
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Rugby clubs are invited to take part in an IRFU webinar to help them look at online fund-raising options.

Webinar: Online Fund-raising Options For Rugby Clubs

Date: Thursday May 21st

Time: 19:30 – 20:30

What Is The Webinar About:

The webinar will provide clubs with some practical solutions to current fund-raising challenges. These will focus on online alternatives to traditional fund-raising methods.

The IRFU has received clear feedback from clubs that certain fund-raising activities are not possible at present due to public health measures. This webinar will present case studies from clubs who are looking at adapting their fund-raising activities to work within COVID-19 restrictions.

Who Should Register:

Volunteers in clubs who are involved in fund-raising. Up to four volunteers from any club can participate.

How To Register: Go to

You will be asked to submit your contact details so that a private link to the webinar can be emailed. You will also be asked to answer three short questions to give a snapshot of current fund-raising practices within clubs.

Registration deadline is Wednesday May 20th at 5pm.

Having launched the Club Continuity Fund on April 1st, the IRFU are continuing to work on a framework of activities that will allow clubs to reopen.

Further strategic support initiatives will be announced throughout the summer with a focus on safety, sustainability and inclusivity.

Guidelines for clubs to reopen in adherence to public health measures will be published when appropriate to do so as directed by government.

Speaking about the fund-raising webinar, IRFU Director of Rugby Development Colin McEntee said:

“We know that clubs’ ability to raise funds has been severely affected due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is a key time of year for big events and we recognise that it will have a knock-on effect for when rugby clubs can actually open.”

“It was clear from the feedback from the Club Continuity Fund process that we needed to look at some strategic guidance for clubs in the fund-raising space.”

“This webinar will offer clear solutions to current fund-raising issues and encourage clubs to think differently about their fund-raising models.”

Running Order:

– Welcome & Introduction: Colin McEntee, Head of Rugby Development IRFU

– Case Study 1: Online Lotto

  • How To Set Up and Get Started
  • Best Practise On Engaging With Club Members

– Case Study 2: COVID-19 Relief Funding

  • Setting Up A Fund-raising Page
  • Reaching Out To Your Community

– Case Study 3: E-vents

  • Hosting a community event (e.g. awards) online
  • Monetising your event and adding value for money

– Case Study 4: Subscription Services

  • Engaging Your Community With Content
  • Monetising Your Content

–  Update On IRFU Fund-raising Initiatives 

– Other Fund-raising Ideas 

– Closing Remarks