GB Medalists and Team GB members across seven different sports have launched a new initiative that enables people to sample life as an Athlete and uniquely help fund both grass roots and elite sport.
Legacy 300 is a free of charge fundraising initiative for local sports clubs, good causes and charities, and has been created to generate funds out of the immense interest in the Team GB Athletes. For local sports clubs, it is a unique scheme that enables the wider community to support both the elite and grassroots sports, and enable the Athletes to support the widest possible range of local sports clubs, rather than favouring just a few.
There are over 300 places on Athlete Experience Days up for grabs, and each one offers an opportunity to meet stars of the summer and to get an insight into the ways in which they prepare to compete against the world. Athletes are promising to be gentle and stress that above all else it’s great fun for both sides and people go home with a lifetime of memories and souvenirs.
Whether by auction, raffle, or resale to corporates, local sports clubs have the ability to use these places to encourage people to support their own fundraising efforts. A reserve price goes to the Elite Athlete delivering the experience, with 100% above that price going towards the local sports club or good cause auctioning the item
Sophie Hoskings one of several 2012 Medalists involved in this scheme, detailed what the scheme wished to help deliver.
“Legacy 300 is a great way of continuing the momentum of an amazing summer of sport by raising money for local sport. Through the format of an auction we are able to offer an experience that gives something back to grass root sport.”
With an initial coverage of seven sports, and the opportunity for people to create their own experiences, the widest possible range of athletes are set to be involved. One of the fundamental hopes is that it provides a revenue stream for the Athletes of those sports that captured the imagination during the summer, but are now facing uncertain funding.
Scheme’s Co-ordinator, David Cotton explains what clubs need to do.
“Simply request an auction pack and give it a whirl. There is no outlay required, if successful with your auction 100% of the money raised above the reserve price goes to you, you have the right to auction off individual spaces or as a group activity. Athletes will be paid direct by the successful bidder once a mutually acceptable date has been agreed.”
The scheme is also open to Charities and other good causes.
Interested parties are invited to visit www.partyforthepodium.com and click on the Legacy 300 page.