If you’ve long dreamed of creating a sports team, why not choose today to be the day that you do something about it? Starting and running your own team, regardless of what sport your squad competes in, is something that you can do no matter how much experience you have in this particular field.
To see what you need to do start your own sports team, read on.
Choose the sport
If you have a real passion for a particular sport, then you should create a team to play it! In this instance, there really is no substitute for passion, as passion will provide you with the desire you need to ensure that the venture is as successful as it can be.
Aside from passion, when it comes to choosing your sport, whether its cricket or football, you should take a look at what your local community is in need of. If you feel like the children in your neighborhood could benefit from learning how to play a particular sport, or if you feel like the older locals in your area could benefit from having a specific game to play, then go with your thoughts on that specific matter. By doing that, you’ll also go a long way in helping your team to hit the ground running as you’ll already have players waiting and wanting to join it.
Get the finances sorted
Sports teams don’t just run on thin air; it takes cold, hard money to finance them. It means that, whether you’re a pro at accounting and money-handling or not, the financial aspect of your venture is something that you cannot overlook. Quite simply, it cannot be understated how disastrous it would be if you underestimated any of the costs involved with running a sports team.
As you seek to bring your sports team to life and then keep it alive, you will face a number of challenges along the way. The most significant task that you will encounter is trying to keep a non-profit organization going. Unless you have the funds to cover the expenses yourself, this means that you have to accept monetary assistance from elsewhere. You could go down the sponsorship route. For example, local sports bars may offer sponsorships to your team which would involve money being rebated every time a member of your squad makes a purchase. Local businesses also offer programs similar to this in which you would accept a sponsored sum of money in exchange for the advertisement of the company in question on your team’s jerseys.
If sponsors and the money they offer for free are few and far between in your local area, however, then there is always the borrowing route. You could lend a certain amount of money in order to cover any initial costs that your team might demand, such as the fees needed to include the use of a pitch or field for the year. Fear not because even you have bad credit or even no credit history at all, there are still opportunities for you to be granted quick loans. If you decide to go down this path, however, just make sure you are going to be able to repay the money you borrow back in full and on time. No matter how important the sports team might be to you, there is no point allowing it to land you in debt.
One final way you can raise a bit of money for your sports team is to have the members of your squad raise the money for you. They could do anything from a sponsored bag pack at a local store to hosting a fun day. Oh, and make sure each member of your team pulls their weight in regards to fees and subs that they owe. No matter how good a player is, if they don’t pay their monthly fee, they simply cannot play!
Find a suitable league
Depending on the age and experience of the players in your squad and depending on the reason for your sports team’s inception (for fun, for competition, etc.), you have to find a suitable league for your squad to compete. In regards to this task, it’s quite important that you don’t land your team in a league or competition that will be too demanding for them. By doing that, the venture won’t be a fun one. When there’s no fun involved in it, eventually, all of your players and even you will find yourself questioning whether you want to be a part of the team any longer.
There’s nothing wrong with starting right at the bottom, even if you do think your team might be a bit better than that. By doing that, your team will get into a winning mentality, and that’s never a bad thing.
Choose a team name and logo
Choosing the name of your team may be a fun part of the process, but its importance can never be understated. This name will stick with you and your team for the length of its run, so a lot of thought needs to go into it. Commonly, the names of sports teams are born of the geographical region in which they reside, so your home might be a good place for you to start.
At this time, you are also tasked with designing your team’s logo. In this instance, it really is best to enlist the help of a professional in the graphic designing industry. They will be able to bring your style, color palette and crest to life, the result being a logo that everybody can recognize and associate with your team.
Starting a sports team, no matter the sport, is not as easy as getting a bunch of people together and directing them to play a game. You have to make sure everything is covered in the financial department, you have to ensure nobody is playing above their level, and you have to choose a name and logo that creates a recognizable brand for your team. If you’re willing to do all of these things, then get assembling that world-beating squad of yours!