Fantastic Fanatics, which was developed in Scotland, enables sports clubs to generate funds when their own members shop, eat out, book hotels and lots more.
Clubs simply just sign up to Fantastic Fanatics online, upload a few verifications documents, then get all their club members involved to sign up as fans, and choose their club to support. Members securely register their everyday debit and credit cards, and any purchases they make online at many major retailers including Boots, Foot Locker, BT, John Lewis, Currys PC World, Sky, Tui, Dunelm, JD Sports and hundreds of others will raise funds for their chosen club.
As well as shopping online, registered fans can raise funds for their clubs by shopping in-store however, at present this is only available in the North East of Scotland. In the near future there will be in-store options across all of Scotland, further increasing the flexibility and choice of where and how club members can contribute to the clubs they love.
The commission paid to sports clubs is automatically taken at the till-point, so the fan does not need to do anything except present their securely linked everyday debit or credit card as normal.
This brand-new way of helping local and national clubs and sports organisations raise money has also been welcomed by the Scottish and Irish Football Associations, Scottish Hockey and Scottish Swimming, amongst other big clubs and national governing bodies.
Head of Club Development Scotland, Andrew Jenkin said: “Scotland has an excellent reputation for sport and a proven track record of success at all levels. Our affiliated clubs play a major role in the development of sport both nationally and locally, as well as promoting inclusion, health, wellbeing and education to all the people associated with sports clubs in Scotland.”
“Covid-19 has had a devastating financial impact on many sports clubs, large and small and we very much welcome this partnership with Fantastic Fanatics, which will help raise vital money for clubs and help support our aims as an organisation.”
“Two great things we think about Fantastic Fanatics are, it doesn’t cost the club or club member anything at all and it’s really easy to use. Many of us shop with the big retailers online, so it’s easy for members to get involved straight away and start raising money for their favourite clubs in their respective communities.”
Fantastic Fanatics, Operations Director, Barry Munro added: “We are delighted to have partnered with Club Development Scotland and are pleased to play a part in helping to raise funds to support clubs and the development of the sport across Scotland. Hopefully, Fantastic Fanatics can further reinforce the amazing help they give to clubs across the country.
“The technology behind Fantastic Fanatics makes things so simple for the supporter, as they can choose the association or club they want to support, make a purchase at one of their favourite online retailers and generate a commission, all with a few clicks of the mouse.”
“Our in store offering means registered retailers will automatically send a percentage of the bill to the sports club – there is no extra card or app required and it’s business as usual at the point of sale for the consumer and the retailer. Ultimately, Fantastic Fanatics enables sports clubs and organisations to worry less about the finances and get on with what they do best – delivering the benefits of sport to their participants, fans and members.”
Supporters can sign up for a free account at https://fantasticfanatics.com/. A helpful “how it works” page https://fantasticfanatics.com/how-it-works/ gives important information for clubs and fans, and there is an extensive FAQ and support page https://fantasticfanatics.freshdesk.com/support/home
What’s more, through our partnership with Fantastic Fanatics, clubs can get an extra 10% income for their first 6 months on the platform when they select ‘Club Development Scotland’ as their governing body when signing up.
We were delighted to record this podcast with Fantastic Fanatic’s Barry Munro to introduce the partnership. You can listen to it here.