As you no doubt already know, the long-standing club and county development draw went online not that long ago. The online variant of this enabled those entering the development draw either to support their local club or the senior county training fund in doing so.
While the club development draw remains open in the old way – i.e. by physically buying a ticket from your club – for a while longer, the online version has now pivoted to become solely a method of fundraising for the senior county training fund.
This online option means that who have the capability and the inclination to provide financial support to the senior county training fund can do so over the web in multiples of €100. Many won’t be in the position to do this, I know, but a good number – perhaps scattered round the globe – will and the brutal truth is that if we want the team to continue to compete at the highest level, they’re going to need significant financial support to do so. And, let’s face it – we’re not the Dubs so the dosh required isn’t simply going to fall straight from the sky into the team’s coffers.
It goes without saying, of course, that we need to be far smarter as a county in terms of how we do fundraising – as that article by Darragh Ó Sé in yesterday’s Irish Times confirmed, showing at it did how active the likes of Kerry already are in this area – but fundraising comes in many variants. A hundred or two tipped online into the training fund won’t solve all of the county’s funding issues but it will still help. Anyone who wants to contribute in this way can do so here.