Britain’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics is great news for sports fans. But the diversion of massive Lottery funding to the Olympic cause is bad news for sporting clubs across the UK, many of whom rely on Lottery grants for invaluable resources. Now supporters can give their own club a sporting chance with www.ibelonguk.com, the website that helps them raise funds for their nominated cause while shopping online.
“The Olympics will be a fantastic spectacle, but one that costs a great deal of money, and diverting Lottery funding away from smaller sporting clubs and teams will have a particularly strong impact at grass-roots level,” said iBelongUK founder, Brian Hewitt.
“Whilst supporters may wish to do their bit to help fill their own club’s coffers, it’s not always easy to find the spare cash to do so. With iBelongUK they don’t have to – they simply shop online as usual, and the retailers they shop with contribute a percentage of the amount they spend to the shopper’s chosen cause. It’s a no-cost, hassle-free way of raising money and helping to plug the Lottery funding gap.”
Steve Beck, Director of Youth Development for York City F.C. said, “We have been with ibelonguk for over two years and would recommend them highly to all organisations, sports clubs and other bodies looking to significantly improve their fundraising activity. The set-up and registration process is simple and your members then simply shop on-line as they would do normally, they can benefit and also help raise much needed funds your organisation at the same time. It is a no-cost, no-risk way of fundraising, we totally support it!”
And Tony Motton, of the Royal Ascot Tennis Club, said, “iBelonguk helps our club by providing a simple way for members to earn money for our finances without cost to themselves. That means we can offer better facilities to them. It's a win for everyone.”
Online fundraising opportunities will be particularly strong in the lead-up to Christmas, with more and more of us choosing to do our Christmas shopping via the Internet. British consumers spent over £7.5 billion online in the 10 weeks leading up to Christmas 2006, and the Interactive Media in Retail Group estimates that this may double in 2007.
iBelongUK is free to join, and access to over 600 of the leading retailers and service providers in the country including John Lewis, Early Learning Centre, Carphone Warehouse, Marks & Spencer, Amazon, eBay, Dixons and Boots. Members register and nominate their own choice of club or team, large or small. They can then access the retailers’ sites via www.ibelonguk.com and shop as normal, paying the same price as other online shoppers and enjoying all the usual benefits of shopping online – while raising funds for their chosen cause.
Up to 15% of the cost of the transaction is paid to the shopper’s nominated cause and – as an added bonus - an equal amount is paid into the shopper’s ibelonguk.com account. They can take this as cash or exchange it for other goods and services from affiliated retailers. Or they can donate these additional funds to their team or club.
To join as a shopper, or to register a sporting club with the site, visit www.ib-longuk.com
For further press information please contact Brian Hewitt at 01653 628983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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