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There’s no skipping around the fact that school budgets can be pretty tight! Here at We Print Balls, we have devised some amazing fundraising ideas for your school to help raise much-needed funds.

Donations, charity events and raising money through fundraising campaigns are extremely popular. Just to keep a school budget in the black, Headteachers are abseiling down mountains and school teachers are throwing themselves out of planes!

Teaching and support staff will always go the extra mile to find funds and raise the cash needed for their school. It’s in their DNA to do all they can help. Events such as school fairs, fetes, tombola’s and non-uniform days have become the obvious choice for school staff looking to raise money to help their pupils but could you offer something different?

We’ve put together our top list of fundraising ideas to raise money for your school which we think will be effective and hopefully fun! They don’t take lots of planning and there’s hopefully something for everyone.

Amazing school fundraising suggestions for your school

1. School crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a fairly new idea. You can create an online fundraiser for an event such as a teacher entering a marathon. Perhaps a walk-a-thon or involvement in a sporting event?

Websites like Just Giving enable you to set up a unique web page to explain what you are collecting donations for and the details of what you’re going to do. This can be a fantastic way to let people know why your efforts are so important and how they will benefit the pupils at your school. With the right exposure on Facebook or Instagram donations could fly in as word gets around.

2. Community grants for schools

It may be surprising how few schools make the most of what and who is around them. Local businesses and companies may seem out of reach but perhaps you ’re wrong. They can be interested in supporting their local schools with a cash grant because local businesses want the local children to succeed. Often the children of employees at the business can attend the school and they and the local businesses want the school and children from their town or village to succeed.

A community grant is something that a local business can offer to non-profit organisations such as schools so why not contact the top companies in your area to see if they offer grants for schools.

3. Primary school lottery

One in four UK schools has their own lottery. These are a popular and effective way of raising money for your student’s needs. Whilst they may sound like a nightmare to organise they don’t need to be. Visit the Your Lottery website for an easy way to get started. Entries can be made for as little as £1 per week and it doesn’t cost the school anything.

4. Primary teacher baby photo competition

Always popular one this! The headmaster, teachers and other school staff bring a photograph of themselves as a baby into school. The pupils have to make a guess for a small entry fee and match the baby photo to the correct member of staff. This event costs nothing and can be incorporated into a school event such as the summer fete. It normally generates a few laughs along the way!

5. Franchise your primary school

Tea towels, mugs, bags, cards, aprons, bags for life, bears, calendars, school labels – You name it, it can be personalised. Personalisation is key because it fuels ownership.

Children draw an image of themselves and these are grouped as a class and a school onto a product of your choice. ‘Self-portrait’ fund-raising is always popular because it feeds into keepsake culture of sentimentality and children love seeing their artwork on the merchandise.

6. Branding your school

Branding your school badge and brand onto popular items can be a super way to promote the school in the area and make the pupils proud. At We Print Balls we specialize in printing a range of sports balls including Footballs, Netballs, Basketballs, Cricket balls & Rugby Balls. If we can supply you with a branded school ball could you retail these to students for a small profit? You could even create your own branded ball that your sell at stalls, the school fete etc. Why not have a competition involving the students designing the best ball to get everyone involved. We always offer reduced rates when supplying a ball to schools so why not give us a shout to see if we can assist.

7. Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 bake sales

It’s tried and tested and it works. Parents, volunteers and supporters of your school can donate cakes, biscuits and delicious baked goods at an event held at the school.

When done in the style of The Great British Bake Off, they can be a crowd puller and a reliable fundraiser that can generate a surprising amount of money. They are a fantastic social occasion, they get local people involved and they don’t cost much to set up.

8. Primary school bingo night

Two fat ladies! A sociable and popular game, bingo is a fun and easy to organise, making it a great fundraiser that parents, children & staff can enjoy together. To raise more money, you can always supply light refreshments too.

9. Buy a primary school brick

Brick fundraising is a great way to raise money for schools and clubs and has been used in sports industry at grassroots levels for years. The idea is a simple one – supporters, students, local people or businesses buy or sponsor a brick to be put towards a new building project. With enough bricks purchased that additional classroom that is needed may be that little bit more achievable.

10. Local scarecrow trail

Hold a scarecrow trail around your local school. Families can register to build a scarecrow and pay £5 to £10. Scarecrows are placed in front gardens in all their glory and people can buy a trail sheet from the school for £1 including a map of the route.

The trail can involve some puzzles to solve and guess the scarecrow - These can be themed and people guess who they are – from Elvis Presley to Harry Kane! They’re great publicity for the school so why not get the local paper involved in this idea which is a little different from normal fundraisers.

11. Primary school car wash

Open up the playground, car park or school field and hold a super fundraising car wash. It’s easy to organise and fun to do. The students can help and can offer to drum up business better than the adults. Whilst customers wait, offer them some light refreshments to make a little more money.

12. KS2 sleepover event!

Parents will probably pay stacks for this one! Children will love the idea of spending the night in school with all their friends….What an adventure!

Obviously, lots of helpers would be required and all child protection matters need triple checking but they can be a lot of fun! With the kids camped in the school hall parents can enjoy an evening to themselves and the kids can stay up until 1 am chatting with their friends in pop up tents.

13. Wine tasting

It’s easy to see why a wine tasting evening in your school is a money-spinner. Our suggested way to organise such an evening is to involve a local wine merchant who could provide their wines at cost price in return for promoting their business.

You could even operate the evening as a quiz event with a blind tasting! Why not combine with some cheese too! If wine isn’t the tipple of choice for the parents, teachers and other attendees the how about creating your own Oktoberfest instead with beer and music.

14. Race night

Race nights showing greyhounds or horse racing can generate a lot of interest. You could host a professional and glitzy race night in your school by including a compere, guest tickets, film equipment and race footage. You can throw in food and a bar for easy extra revenue along with a good old fashioned raffle.

15. Online discount code – Partner Up

As an online-only retailer, We Print Balls do not have a bricks and mortar shop. For exposure, we have to get out there and show people what we do. With the parents of school-aged children being our target customer, we would love to market our products to your students’ parents. As a school, you could help us out by offering a little exposure in return for funds for your school's fundraiser. We can pay to pop a leaflet showing our products into your students book bags or how about us offering a fixed percentage of sales if you can supply us with a bulk order of personalised balls. The latter can be quite lucrative for schools especially at Christmas time when parents are looking for an amazing personalised gift. You simply collate the order and we give you a hefty slice of the sale.

Remember, fundraising is fun! With the ideas above you can raise funds for your school in a way that doesn’t take an entire team or term to plan and doesn't cost the earth.

  • Mike SMITH
Football related gifts for boys

Football related gifts for boys 0

Finding a Football gift for the boy in your life can be tricky, especially if he's the type of kid who already owns everything! Birthdays happen just once a year and it can be really difficult to find a thoughtful and unique gift, one that a child would love and just as importantly use. 

This year, how about something a little bit different. Our personalised footballs are available in a range of sizes and colours and even come matched to some of the bigger professional teams. We can put your boy's name, nickname, date of birth or a message onto the football which has been custom made for him. A personalised football will stand out from the rest and they will take more care of it when using it outside. Its a ball to be proud off and they will be the envy of their mates. It may be the case that the personalised football is kept indoors as the pride of place in their football-themed bedroom. We offer a next day delivery service when you've forgotten your nephews' birthday and have run out of time to get an amazing gift anywhere else! Our standard shipping is less than a week in any case so either way, you're sure of a speedy delivery. We ship worldwide and have made over half a million footballs so you can be sure the football you receive is of excellent quality

Check out our online store and see if we can supply you with the most amazing personalised gift for a football crazy boy! We have size 1 skill footballs which are the perfect gift for smaller kids, Size 3's and full Size 5 standard size footballs. We have around 12 off the shelf designs and this is growing by the month. If you need any help then give one of the friendly team a shout!



  • Mike SMITH
New Product - Vintage Leather Personalised Rugby Balls

New Product - Vintage Leather Personalised Rugby Balls 0

New to our range is the hand sewn 100% cowhide luxury leather vintage ball! Starting in February 2018 with the Rugby variant this is a classy ball that we can personalise with up to 40 characters. A personalised designer vintage inspired leather lace-up rugby ball is the most amazing gift for the Rugby fan in your life. 

This classic design will bring out the memories of yesteryear. The Heritage Leather Rugby Ball is beautiful to look and hand constructed of fine cowhide leather.

We will be adding to the vintage ball range over the coming months. Soccer balls, Cricket balls and Boxing gloves will all be added and we will be offering a personalisation service on all these lines. 

Please note ball will be supplied inflated in plain packing. The personalised vintage ball is a super gift for weddings, birthdays and events such as presentation evenings at rugby clubs. We personalise in gold in a classic font for individual balls and emboss or deboss for branded balls (perfect for logos!). We offer Free delivery on all personalised balls and typically deliver within a week. Check out the range in our online store and give us a shout if you have any questions!



  • Mike SMITH
Football Gifts for a seven year old

Football Gifts for a seven year old 0

We have done lots of research into what 7 year olds like and we have explored great gifts to help them run around and have fun. You could opt for construction toys, exploring gifts, science kits, weaponry or even some magic sets! However at the end of the day what seven-year-old old boy or girl can resist a brand spanking new football personalised with their name! Perfect for getting mum and dad out and about over the park, personalised footie balls mean the whole family can join in the fun and the game can be fun or compliment training for those really into the sport. Persoanalised footballs can make amazing birthday or Christmas presents and are really popular with seven year old boys and girls. We print balls offer personalised footballs in all sizes for you 7 year old football crazy kid!


  • Mike SMITH
Kids Football Birthday Game Ideas

Kids Football Birthday Game Ideas 0

Kids Football Birthday Game Ideas

If your child lives for the beautiful game they're going to love a football-themed party. All you need to do is pack everything a soccer fan might probably need into one truly impressive kid's soccer party… football, football and much more football

After you've sourced the party decor, the cake, the personalised footballs from our online store and some football themed tunes are ready to blast over the stereo you're going to need some games. Here are a few ideas to get you going!

WARM UP - To warm up, start with some skills. Start off with some simple dribbling that tests the children’s footballing skills in a fun competitive way. You can use ladders, dribble cones, reaction hoops, hurdles or anything else that creates a diversion and requries skill to dribble a ball around. Mini Prizes for the best dribbler get the kids ready for the next round.

FUNNY FOOTBALL - Next, it’s on to our personal favourite, super size football! - This is often soccer at its funniest! the youngsters play fun football matches with a large inflatable football! Make it even crazier by having no goalkeepers and big goals. You can expect fantastic defensive saves, huge headers, knee knocks, chest downs and blast with those football feet. All the while the soft inflatable ball will bounce around going nowhere like where they want it to go.

SCORE LIKE NEYMAR! - So you think that you've got what it takes to be a world-class striker - Well it’s time to place your goal scoring skills to the test in a knockout penalty or free kick competition. Simply score a goal to progress to the next round. Sounds straightforward, right? Mix it up by adding a keeper, shooting from further, using your weak foot or closing your eyes. Soon it will be down to the final two to battle out the free kick challenge

FRANTIC FUN - The excitement continues with the super fast paced Frantic Football! This funny team game isn’t referred to as ‘Frantic’ Football for nothing! The youngsters listen out for their number, poised on the sidelines. As soon as it's called they race onto the pitch and try to score. Keep adding numbers with every round and before you know you won't know whats going on, they'll be kids and balls everywhere trying to score for their numbered team

KEEPY UPPY - it's then on to a fast game of Keepy Uppy. Our soccering gladiators alternate to step into the Keepy Uppy arena ready to do battle by keeping the football from touching the ground. Head, feet, knees, chest and even shoulders can be used to keep the ball from falling to the floor or out of the Keepy Uppy arena. The best Keepy Uppy athlete wins!

THRILLING TOURNAMENT - All footballing legends need a chance to refuel so after they've topped up with party food its time for the tournament.…Split the kids up into even numbered teams and create a mini league full of short fast games. Every team then plays three matches, one against each other trying to attain many points as possible. The two teams with the highest of points then prepare to play one another in the nail-biting final! The winner takes all!

  • Mike SMITH
Kid's Football Gift Ideas

Kid's Football Gift Ideas 0

Shopping for children in the family can be a fun way to spend the afternoon or a nightmare! It all depends on how well you know the kid. If you don’t know them all that well, you may be a bit stumped. You can pick up a gift card, but that seems a bit thoughtless and they may not enjoy it as much as children that get an actual present. Instead, pick up one of these great gifts for boys that every boy is guaranteed to love.

Tickets to a game

Every boy seems to love going to football games, so this gift is always a great idea. Tickets to a game are not a cliché gift that they will roll their eyes at, and if the two of you go together it will give you some time to get to know them a little better. Ask their parents what their favourite sport is, and you are good to go.

Building Kits

Building kits are available for everything. Pick them up a beginner model car or aeroplane kit to give them something to do other than just sit in front of the television. Many of these come in beginner versions that involve simply snapping pieces together. Even if your nephew has shown no previous interest in building model cars, you may inspire a new hobby that will last well into adulthood.

Personalised Footballs

Personalized balls are a great gift, and they can be used as decoration or to play with, guaranteeing that your child will get some use out of it, one way or another. You will not have to worry that they will simply toss your gift into the back of the closet or give it to one of their friends. Customize a football with their favourite team, or simply use their favourite colours and their name. Either way, they’re sure to love it and look forward to your next present.

A Day Trip

Spending time with a child is something that can never be replaced. While presents are important, making memories that will last a lifetime is something that cannot be compared. If going out is not an option, spend the day teaching them how to throw their personalized football or build a model car together. Simply enjoying movie night together is a great present for children that have busy parents. 

If you’re struggling to decide on that final birthday present for your nephew that you only see twice a year, one of these kids gift ideas is guaranteed to win him over and bring a smile to his adorable face. He’ll jump up and down with excitement at tickets to see his favourite sports star in action, spend hours playing with a personalised football, or develop a new hobby. Whichever kids gift ideas or idea you choose; you can’t go wrong.

  • Mike SMITH