Top football fundraising ideas

Love football and want to raise money for charity? Then we’ve got all the inspiration you need to turn your passion for the beautiful game into pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust. From five-a-side tournaments to beat-the-goalie competitions, here are our best football fundraising ideas.

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Novelty football match

Swap your team’s strip for fancy dress and hold a sponsored novelty football match or tournament in aid of charity. How about impersonating your favourite football mascot or trying it in sumo suits? The quirkier, the better.

Football-themed quiz

A football fundraising idea that can be taken off the pitch – in person or online. Find out if contestants know their Pelé from their Pickford with a football quiz, and ask for donations to enter. 

Match day refreshments

Raise money from the sidelines by selling drinks and homemade snacks in aid of teenagers and families affected by cancer. You could even make some football-themed cakes!

Beat-the-goalie competition

Challenge fellow players, friends, family and colleagues to take on your football club’s best goalkeeper and see who nets the most balls. Ask entrants for a donation before they step up to the penalty mark and consider categories if there are varying ages and abilities to keep things exciting for all. 

Five-a-side tournament 

Find a pitch (ideally one made of AstroTurf, as they tend to be smaller) and promote your tournament among friends, family and the community. Set up a fixture schedule and ask participants to gather sponsorship or donate to enter. Consider selling merchandise and refreshments to further boost funds for young people in need.

24-hour marathon match

The ultimate test of football endurance – can you keep a ball moving around the pitch for a whole day? This one’s best suited to a team effort. Take it in turns to dip into play to keep the match going for 24 hours. 

Sponsored keepie uppies

How many keepie uppies can you do in a day? Ask friends and family to sponsor you to keep the ball in the air for a set number of kicks or length of time and watch the pounds roll in for teenagers with cancer.

A child taking on a sponsored keepie uppie challenge to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Kids versus parents football match

Let the kids take on the grown-ups with this novel football fundraising idea. Ask each player for a small donation to enter and watch the competition take off. See if you can get local businesses involved to support the event.

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How does our school get the money raised to Teenage Cancer Trust?

If you’ve set up an online fundraising page for your school’s event or challenge, we’ll automatically get the money. If you’ve raised cash donations yourself, check out our paying in money to us guide. And be sure to register your event in advance to get all of the help and resources you need to make it a success.