I am part of a Historical European Martial Arts club that is run as a study group training in German Longsword fighthing. This is pretty big in Europe, and is starting to pick up steam here in the U.S. but is largely unknown. Most of our group has been doing this for 2-3 years. As a study group we all pitch in $30 a month in "dues" that we use for group purchases (5-6 paying members on average). We have tossed around the idea of requesting sponsorship but no one in our group has ever done that before, and I was hoping to get some pointers.
I don't expect anything huge from this, but every little bit could help at this point. There are several tournaments hosted in the U.S. on the East Coast mostly, and many more in Europe. We cannot currently afford to go to these, and that is one thing we are hoping sponsorship could help with...
Some ideas of what we might be looking for
Equipment - Shoes, shirts and pants would be the only generic thing, everything else is very specific, like fencing masks, fencing jackets, etc.
Promotional Items - business cards, Stickers, Patches etc.
Cash - used for equipment or for travel costs to attend events
Lastly, who do we ask? We could just send out a ton of letters, but I am thinking of being a little more specific and personalized.
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