Enjoy the summer with a spot of sport. Break out the tennis rackets for a sponsored game during Wimbledon, or have a sports day for your friends and the kids filled with classics like sack races and the old egg and spoon.

Summer sports day

Top tips for holding a sports day

Here are our top tips on how to make it happen.

Before you pick a date make sure you do this first:

  • Time - it’s always best to have a bit more time than you think, so give yourself around 6-8 weeks to plan everything. You might need a bit longer if you’ve got a large group.
  • Venue - pick somewhere that gives you lots of space. Big gardens, a park, a local field – they’re all good choices. (If you choose somewhere public, just make sure you have permission first).
  • Choose your sports - you could make the day a throwback and have a school sports day with the old egg and spoon, three-legged race and a tug of war. Or go for something team-based with rounders, cricket or tennis. It’s all up to you!

When you’ve picked your time and place, here’s what to do next:

  • Invite everybody - friends, family, colleagues – send the invite and ask for an optional donation to take part. You can make things extra easy with JustGiving too, it lets people donate online and the money comes straight to us. Find out how to set up your own JustGiving page.
  • Spread the word - talk up your sports day on social media. A great idea is to make a Facebook event all about it to promote the day.
  • Get your decorations sorted - we can send you a fundraising pack filled with decorations and goodies like sweepstakes for you to use on the day. And if you want to sweeten the deal for your winners, you can always ask us to send some t-shirts and wristbands for them too. Just email community@breastcancernow.org and we’ll be right there to help.
  • Know your rules and prizes – look up the rules for all the games ahead of time and know how you’re going to split everyone up into teams. It’s also a good time to sort the prizes you’ll be giving out on the day too – check in with local businesses, they might be able to donate something for you to use.

Then when it’s the big day and you’re all raring to go, here’s what to do next:

  • Food and drinks - this is a brilliant way to get some extra donations. Sell some food and drink to everyone during your sports day, or even have a celebratory BBQ when you’re all finished. Just make sure you find out any dietary requirements and allergies ahead of time. Find out more.
  • Keep your cool – don’t forget to keep drinking water and take breaks during your sports day. It’s a good idea to pop on some suncream too - better safe than sunburnt!

But above all else, have fun and don’t forget to take lots of photos and videos throughout the day! You’re all going to make a huge difference for people affected by breast cancer – thank you.

Before you get started

Make sure to read the legal information on fundraisers, it contains lots of important information you’ll need to know before you set out on making your event a reality.

And don’t forget to keep up with the latest government guidelines on COVID-19. Always make sure that your plans keep within the latest rules.

Remember you can always get in touch with us at community@breastcancernow.org if you want to talk about your plans. 

Got a plan in place or looking for more inspiration? Request our fundraising pack today to get started!

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