Members of Tulsk and Elphin GAA clubs will feature on RTE television later this week. On Thursday night’s episode of ‘Open for Business’ at 7p.m., Richard Curran and Ella McSweeney look at the business of sport and the impact that Covid-19 has had on GAA clubs, gymnastics and soccer clubs.
The effects of Covid-19 have impacted every sector of Ireland’s economy and it’s no different when it comes to the business of sport. Sports clubs across the country in 2020 lost almost all of the income they normally generate themselves. Before, Covid-19, GAA clubs kept themselves going from match day sales, sponsorship and fundraising events. Many raffles relied on local pubs to sell tickets, but with all of their face to face events cancelled overnight last year, GAA clubs had to look at different ways to fundraise. Tulsk GAA club, had already started to move online, before the pandemic, everything from meeting to training and membership subscriptions went online, but they never realised what a great revenue stream it would be until Covid-19 hit. Derena Hanley and Justin Dixon from Tulsk GAA will feature in the episode
Before 2020, one of Elphin’s big income earners was their sponsorship draw which saw local businesses pay into a raffle with the possibility of having their name on the front of a jersey. This didn’t happen last year. With costs of anything between 80, to 100,000 euro to run the club, they decided to run different fundraisers, including one called “Win a heifer of a heap of cash”. This draw proved hugely successful and generated much interest and much needed funds. Eric Murray from Elphin GAA explains how the club is fighting back.