Crowdfunding for a sporting chance

As the Rio Olympics approach, athletes turn to social media and a web pledge funding platform to realise their sporting ambitions

6th September, 2015
James Cluskey, Irish doubles tennis pro. Picture: Picture: Inpho

Since turning professional last March, Jenny Claffey has written to each of the top 200 companies in Ireland to ask for sponsorship. Having left her coaching job to pursue her dream of becoming a tennis pro, the young Dubliner has been relying on savings and the support of family and friends to keep her on the road. To improve her ranking, Claffey must play in 25-30 tournaments this year but a week away from home...

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