The Refresher’s fair helped to boost the membership of the newest clubs and societies at Queen’s. The Lacrosse Club for instance, recruited 20 new members. The ranks of other new clubs, including the Boxing club, the Softball club and the Ultimate Frisbee club, have also grown. The new groups seem to be doing well despite certain setbacks, such as problems concerning facilities and training times. In the case of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, the problem lies with the fact that few seem to have heard of the club, or indeed the sport. Although the new clubs have teams with vast potential, they face financial challenges.
Published in QUB Newspaper The Gown
At Queen’s, new clubs do not receive funding in their first year and they have many expenses, from equipment to advertising, to travel and event costs.This first year can really make or break a club. Recruiting and keeping members on a low budget, as well as creating fresh, appealing ideas for fundraising requires innovation and dedication.
As a result, some clubs have found new ways to fund their sports. The Lacrosse Club have arranged an informal sponsorship with Rockie’s bar in the Odyssey. The Boxing club creators have invested their own money into designing T-shirts in a bid to raise cash.
Clearly, it can be difficult for a new club to raise funds for themselves as fundraising events cost money too, with the purchase of prizes and so on. The leaders of these new clubs felt that there was little help available to them concerning the financial side of organising a club. For example, the Softball Club discovered that the Queen’s Annual Fund might have helped them. However, the club discovered this initiative only after the deadline had passed.
Perhaps a more comprehensive source of information and guidance for new clubs, on financial matters and so forth, would be helpful. If clubs cannot find sufficient information on the Student’s Unions’ website, they are advised to email VP Clubs and Societies.