Ulster Hockey are delighted to announce a new partnership with innovative and simple fundraising platform, Fantastic Fanatics.
This platform can help our member clubs raise money and further develop our great sport in Northern Ireland. Fantastic Fanatics, which was developed in Scotland, enables sports clubs to generate funds when their own members shop, eat out, book hotels and lots more.
Clubs simply just sign up to Fantastic Fanatics online, upload a few verification documents and gain approval. It takes 5 minutes and Fantastic Fanatics provide all the promotional material to help clubs get all their members involved and sign up to support their club.
Members securely register their everyday debit and credit cards, and any purchases they make online at many major retailers including Boots, Marks and Spencer, Sky, B & Q, John Lewis, Curry’s PC World, JD Sports and hundreds of others will generate a commission that goes back to their chosen club.
As well as shopping online, registered members can raise funds for their clubs by shopping in-store however, at present this is only available in Scotland, but soon to be available in Northern Ireland.
The commission paid to hockey clubs is automatically taken at the till-point, so the member does not need to do anything except present their securely linked everyday debit or credit card as normal.
This brand-new way of helping local and national clubs and sports organisations raise money has also been welcomed by the Scottish and Irish Football Associations, Scottish Hockey, Scottish Swimming and Netball NI, amongst other big clubs and national governing bodies.
Ulster Hockey Executive Manager, Marc Scott, said “These last six months have been immensely difficult for our clubs with the financial impact of COVID-19 felt across the board”.
“As a governing body we have looked at ways to assist our clubs lessen the effects of this and partnering with Fantastic Fanatics is another way to support our clubs generate much needed income.
“Signing up to Fantastic Fanatics does not cost the club or members anything and it is simple and easy to use. We hope our clubs and members get on board and utilise the platform to generate much needed income.”
“Ulster Hockey aims to encourage more and more people to participate in our sport, and we very much welcome this partnership with Fantastic Fanatics, which will help raise vital money for clubs and help support our aims as a governing body.
“Many of us shop with the big retailers online, so it’s easy for members to get involved straight away and start raising money for their hockey clubs in their communities.”
Fantastic Fanatics, Operations Director, Barry Munro added “We are delighted to have partnered with Ulster Hockey and are pleased to play a part in helping to raise funds to support clubs and the development of hockey across all of Northern Ireland. Hopefully Fantastic Fanatics can further support the amazing things Ulster Hockey and their affiliated clubs are doing on and off the pitch”
Our innovative and secure platform delivers a new revenue stream to clubs, trusts and organisations, and we aim to grow our platform alongside Ulster Hockey. This partnership will help us deliver a wider range of online and instore retail, leisure and hospitality partners that will ultimately give club members the biggest and best choice of where and how to generate funds for their club.
“The technology behind Fantastic Fanatics makes things so simple for the supporter, as they can choose the association or club they want to support, make a purchase at one of their favourite online retailers and generate a commission, all with a few clicks of the mouse.”
“Our in store offering will be nationwide in the near future and offers further flexibility on how to generate club funds – there is no extra card or app required and it’s business as usual at the point of sale for the consumer and the retailer. Ultimately, Fantastic Fanatics enables sports clubs and organisations to worry less about the finances and get on with what they do best – delivering the benefits of sport to their participants, fans and members.”
Supporters can sign up for a free account at https://fantasticfanatics.com/. A helpful “how it works” page https://fantasticfanatics.com/how-it-works/ gives important information for clubs and fans, and there is an extensive FAQ and support page https://fantasticfanatics.freshdesk.com/support/home