We were really excited to hear about a great new way for sports clubs to fundraise recently launched in Aberdeen and curious to know more! We tracked down founders and friends Danny Cowie, MD of Jasmine Holdings and Barry Munro, Operations Director to find out more about their new venture – Fantastic Fanatics.
Barry told us, “Danny called me in June 2018 to talk about an idea to create a new business within the Jasmine Holdings Group. I believed in it so much that I returned to Aberdeen as soon as I could to get involved. The timing was perfect as I had been working in the oil industry and work was drying up due to the market downturn. I’m a sports enthusiast – watching and playing, and Danny’s idea really appealed!”
Danny added, “Our passion is sport and we really want to help increase participation, education and get the nation having fun while being more active. Barry continued, “If we can help Scotland improve and succeed at all sports at competitive levels then even better! We know that the best place to start that is at grass roots level and that more certificated coaches, better equipment and facilities are needed.”
Barry said, “Our vision with Fantastic Fanatics is to help sports clubs at any level and any sport generate funds more easily. We launched in August – almost exactly a year after Danny first called me. We plan to launch Scotland-wide in January 2020 and then to the whole of the UK next August!”
So, what is Fantastic Fanatics?
Fantastic Fanatics is a FinTech (Financial Technology) sports fundraising platform that also delivers footfall to its retail partners.
It’s a little bit like a points rewards scheme for Sports Clubs and sports fans, members and their families.
Fantastic Fanatics provides a wide range of places where fans and members can raise funds for their sports clubs. With a mix of online, in-store, local, and national partners, Fantastic Fanatics is a great way for sports clubs and retailers to boost income!
Why should you and your club become a Fantastic Fanatic?
Everyone knows someone involved with a sports club and, through Fantastic Fanatics ANYONE can generate money for any sports club. Fantastic Fanatics allows sports clubs to worry less about the finances and concentrate more, on what they do best - DELIVERING THE BENEFITS OF SPORT TO THEIR OWN FANS AND MEMBERS.
How does it work?
Barry told us, “Fantastic Fanatics is a completely new, relevant, innovative and secure fundraising platform with no cost to the club or the club fan or member.”
You become a member and then securely register your everyday debit and credit cards.
You chose up to three clubs to support, for example, your daughter’s football team, son’s swimming club and your professional rugby club.
When you spend on your cards with registered retailers a percentage goes directly to your chosen clubs.
Fans and members can track their individual fundraising through the website and also have a chance to win cash prizes and rewards.
How do you get involved?
It’s quick, secure and easy! Whether you’re a Fan, Club or Retailer, just click on fantasticfanatics.com and pop your email address in the box in the appropriate section and the team will get your registration started and you can get fundraising!
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