Monday 26 September 2016

Chance for clubs to raise finance

Daragh Small

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

IRFU President Martin O'Sullivan saud he was pleased to see the Your Club Your Country grand draw assisting clubs in their fundraising initiatives
IRFU President Martin O'Sullivan saud he was pleased to see the Your Club Your Country grand draw assisting clubs in their fundraising initiatives

IRFU president Martin O'Sullivan says he's delighted that the 'Your Club Your Country' grand draw will continue this year.

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The fundraiser is in its fifth year now and has raised €2.5m for clubs all over the island of Ireland.

Clubs are allowed to sell tickets for the event, at €10 per ticket - they keep the revenue generated from each sale, and up to 1,000 tickets can be sold.

With four clubs from the province in the Ulster Bank League, of Galwegians, Buccaneers, Corinthians and Sligo are all set to profit.

Over 165 clubs took part in the 2014 draw and they raised over €650,000 between them. The IRFU and its supplier provide the prizes for the event in order to cut costs.

Prizes range from return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two people to travel to the Ireland rugby tour of South Africa next summer.

Also up for grabs is an attractive VIP package for two people for Ireland's clash with France in the Six Nations in Paris next spring.

"It is great to see that the Your Club Your Country Grand Draw is continuing to assist clubs in their fundraising initiatives," said O'Sullivan

"The IRFU would like to thank all of its partners for their continued support of this important revenue generator for clubs. 

"Special mention must also go to Ulster Bank for their continuing support of the draw and for their ongoing investment in the club game."

Already in the four years that the draw has been held, in excess of €2.5m has been raised by the clubs and for the clubs.

For more information visit www.irishrugby.ie.

Irish Independent

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