Special blog for Futbol Niagara by: Dan Willis, Owner Publicita Online Marketing
Anyone that loved to play sports as a kid knows how important those experiences are and how they shape who we become as adults.
You play as a kid, you coach your kid as a paren, and if you have the means, you sponsor the kids as a business owner.
It was a short distance for me to go from learning about the newly sanctioned Futbol Niagara league to becoming a sponsor and I’d like to outline my top ten reasons for signing on.
10) This newly sanctioned league actually has spots open
Simply, established leagues do not have space for new sponsors. Businesses sign on and they renew year after year. Open spots are quickly snatched up from a waiting list. Call any Sports League that has been around for a number of years and they’ll tell you, “Thanks, but we don’ have any sponsorships available.
9) The location of the Haig Bowl Arena and its proximity to kids and young families
The Haig Bowl Arena has a long history in central St. Catharines. Saved from being demolished by the community groups that now call it home, this important facility no longer features any ice, but activities like Fustal, Roller Derby and Pickle Ball are attracting people to this great post-war neighbourhood.
8) Ivan’s love of the game
Anyone that has met Ivan has no difficulty seeing the passion he has for this great sport. As a player, coach and administrator, Ivan’s love of the game, his appreciation for the value it has for kids and his energy to make it all happen reassures me that this league is here for the long haul.
7) A fundamental belief in community development
Anyone that has met me knows of my passion for community involvement. I have sat on boards for different theatre companies, business organizations and councils. I coached my daughter’s soccer team for 4 years and have volunteered for other organizations that I feel are important to our community. I really only do my small part as I see it, and sponsoring a team, a matter of writing a check, takes up barely any time at all.
6) Promotional opportunities for my business
I want my business to be associated with good things in Niagara and a sponsorship for Futbol Niagara accomplishes that. I don’t expect my phone to ring off the hook because I put my name on a jersey, but 1000’s of people will see my banner at the arena and that is just good branding.
5) Ongoing invitations to watch the kids play.
Although I am not the cigar-chomping, fat-cat team owner in the boxed seats that we might envision at the hallowed arenas of major league sports, I do share one thing with them and that is a love of the game. Now that I am engaged, I can come out to cheer my team on once in a while and my inbox includes invitations to watch the traveling men’s team play too.
4) Encouragement to get in shape and play in the men’s division
I did play soccer as a kid, and in men’s leagues. I thought I hung up my cleats for good, but I know of some old timers my age that are still kicking a ball around. Watching Futsal, with its smaller pitch, emphasis on technique and high-scoring results makes me reminisce about my glory days and I believe that if I really wanted to I could strap on the shin pads and play again. I can if I believe I can.
3) Introducing others to this great sport.
It is new, it is exciting and it is inclusive. As a sponsor in this time of new development for the league, I get to share the passion with others in my networks and turn them on to something they may not know about.
2) Showing leadership to other businesses
My business is as a marketing consultant. This is a good decision for my business and for me. If I believe that, I should show my clients and my prospects by walking the walk.
1) Knowing that we are teaching the kids to be part of something bigger than themselves.
Team sports are great for building character and for giving families something they can do together. Friendships are forged and the highs and lows of competition are shared as a group. Being responsible to a kick-off time and staying in position for the duration of the game is exactly what it means to “show-up”, and as any life coach will tell you, 90% of life is showing up.
Here is your chance:
Get involved, Sponsor a team.
For more information you can download a sponsor package here.
And when you are ready to reserve your team sponsorship, you can do that here.
About Futbol Niagara
Futbol Niagara is a new organization specializing in the sport of 5 on 5 Futsal.
All teams are sanctioned under the banner of the Niagara Soccer Association, a non-profit organization that operates programs for the region’s youth.
Our teams (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 & our Men’s futsal teams) are composed of players from all areas of the Niagara Region. For the 2016 winter season we have planned 3 tournaments that will allow our teams to participate in competitions across Southern Ontario, a showcase tournament in USA, as well as one of the largest tournaments in Canada called Ontario Futsal Cup and The Umbro Futsal Cup in May 2016.
Futbol Niagara Futsal Club offers local businesses and service clubs the opportunity to become associated with the organization by way of sponsorship.