Pub and Club Race Night

Race Nights in Pubs and Clubs.

I am always amazed at how many Pubs and Clubs say that the entertainment costs they have are too high, yet very few think about holding a Race Night.

With a Race Night you can deduct any fee for the entertainment from takings, still leaving a healthy amount to be paid to your chosen charity, which in turn will give you extra brownie points. By law, a business cannot profit from holding a Race Night so I would never encourage this, however you CAN cover your costs from the profits and give to your chosen charity at the same time.

Horse Race NightDue to the information I provide when booking a Race Night, you should be able to cover any costs BEFORE the night has even started – yes, in a way – you get FREE Entertainment for your night. High numbers are not needed either, if your Pub or Club can hold 30+ people, that is enough.

I cannot divulge too much information in public, due to competitor’s eager to get their hands on my information, so there is a bit of trust I understand – however with very little work a Pub or Club can easily hold a great, fun and cheap night.

Race Nights are boring – yes, I agree, watching Racing on the TV is not my idea of fun, however a Race Night is totally different, the atmosphere electric and people of ALL AGES can join in.

Contact me for further information and I can explain how you can make money from a Race Night, or alternatively here are a few figures for you to look at:

What can I make off holding a Race Night

Not only will you cover your costs, but at most Race Nights I hold, bar takings far exceed expectations too – an added bonus!

School Race Nights

Last Friday saw me hosting a Race Night for a School Sixth Form Expedition Fundraising in Sunderland. This was the third time in a year they have booked a Race Night with me and I will admit even I was a little apprehensive at holding so many fundraising events so close together.

However, those worries vanished as even before the start time the room was already nearly full. I would imagine 80% or more had attended the previous nights but still came along not only to help raise funds but also because they knew it would be a great night.

I won’t describe the whole night but will say it was fantastic and the funds raised surpassed the target set yet again. We had a few games, the races, raffle and tombola.

The reason for this blog is that I am always amazed that more schools do not hold Race Nights to raise funds for the expeditions, or other causes. The room hire was free, beacuase it was held in the school hall, people bought their own drink and kids are allowed to attend so it was a stress free night too.

The main reason no doubt is that many schools etc already have the equipment there and often a parent or member of staff will try and run a Race Night for them. I always use the example that I have a load of bricks, but I can’t uild a house.

More often than not when volunteers run a night it becomes a shambles, people do not enjoy themselves and the outcome is the funds raised do not meet their aims.

Do not forget, with me you are not just booking a Race Night, you are booking my 10 years of experience hosting 100’s of successful Race Nights too.

Corporate Race Night

How about a Corporate Race Night ?

Race Nights are not only great fundraising events, but are also a fantastic corporate event. In the past I have provided Race Event for store launches, product awareness, team building or just a relaxing evening after a long day of meetings and conferences.

I can supply my own ‘fun money’ so participants do not need to dig into their own pockets and quite often the atmosphere is electric, even though they are playing with pretend money.

The event can also be tailored towards a new product or store launch. Bespoke race cards and even horses names can be used, logos displayed on the large projector screen in between races etc. Each event I do can be tailored to your requirements.

Tote TicketThere is nothing better in a team building exercise than a bit of competition. Divide everyone up into teams, give them some fun money to spend and let the competing begin. Even though a Race Event is all pure chance and luck, you will be surprised at some of the ‘tactics’ teams come up with to try and ensure they are champions.

And the main benefit …… it is FUN and very light hearted.

Simply contact me for more information.

Reasons People will NOT Book a Race Night

Reasons Why People Will NOT Book a Race Night

I get many enquiries where the person enquiring decides NOT to go ahead with holding and booking a Race Night, usually due to being unsure of the risks involved. I openly admit there are risks BUT with the right planning you can normally avoid this. There are a few occasions where I can tell the night will not be successful (very few) and I always tell people if I feel this way.

So, I am going to try and help alleviate some of those worries, using examples below of what feedback I get. This is only a few reasons and I will follow up in future blogs.

We are just a small (football, rugby etc) club

Quite often people think they need a huge amount of people attending a Race Night for it to be successful. This is NOT the case.

I have ran Race Nights before with 30 people or less and they have raised over £1000 after all the costs have been deducted. Consequently I have held Race Nights with over 100 people who have raised a minimal amount of money.
With the planning tools and advice I give you can cover costs BEFORE the night, with this money even coming from people NOT attending the actual Race Night.

In fact you can run a Race Night, have nobody attending at all, and still make profit. Unfortunately due to competition I cannot divulge exactly how, but my Race Night Pack contains all this information and is sent as soon as a booking is made and deposit received.

We are unsure about holding a Gambling Event

First and foremost, a Race Night is NOT classed as a gambling event, so no licences etc are needed. A Race Night is similar to a lottery as there are no odds or form guides, everything is total luck.

There are numerous other stipulations that need to be adhered to, but I won’t bore you with all the details as I ensure I meet all requirements with my service.


Venue costs make it quite an expensive night

I always encourage people to hold Race Nights in the likes of Workingmens Clubs, Sports Halls, Church Halls, Schools etc where the hire fee is minimal or even free. You do not need spend money on a fancy venue or room decorations to hold a successful Race Night. Although a lot of higher profile companies like to, it will not benefit your fundraising.


I do not think we will get the support

Yes, it does happen, unfortunately quite frequently, but always when a company or club are holding their first Race Night. I have held many Race Nights where not many people have turned up, however it is such a great night they tell family, friends, other club members and a second Race Night is hugely successful and very well attended.

A lot of people are still very unsure what a Race Night is or have maybe attended other charity event where it is constantly give, give, give with money. My main aim with a Race Night is to provide a great nights entertainment, the money comes naturally if people are enjoying themselves.


Your Fee is a bit high for us – someone can do it cheaper/free

Firstly I would like to say I have NEVER had a Race Night where people have thought afterwards it was too expensive and NEVER had a Race Night where my fee and other costs have not been covered (with exception of Race Nights purely booked for entertainment not fundraising).

I go on a lot about my Race Night pack, which I make no apologies for, as this pack ensures you will not be left out of pocket – read above too. My Race Night pack is invaluable and something I have to try and keep as secret as possible as many of my competitors do try to get a copy. I update things regularly too to keep one step ahead.

I openly admit you will get people offering to host your Race Night cheaper than me, however my costs are kept as low as possible. Conversley I have heard about people offering to host Race Nights for free, then at the end of the night have very little profit and people not enjoying themselves – I have even heard of one where somebody offered to host the night for FREE yet the club made a loss (never have worked that one out).


I have never held a Race Night before.

Quite simply, the way I run my nights I base it on the person looking to book as having no knowledge whatsoever about a Race Night. I don’t want to offend people but this approach makes planning your night a breeze. Yet again I have to mention my Race Night pack which really does take you by the hand and take you through everything step by step.

On top of this, if you are stuck I am only a phone call or email away. This is my full time occupation so am avaiable anytime (apart from when actually hosting a night) to answer any queries you have. I always encourage people to contact me with any concerns, no matter how small or trivial they think they are – in fact I prefer people to contact me rather than just plough through and get concerned if people holding their first night do not contact me with any concerns.


As mentioned in the beginning the above are just a few reasons people are put off holding a Race Night, more to follow …………………



How Much Money can I Raise from holding a Race Night

What can I make off holding a Race Night ?

Let’s have a look at potentially how much money you can raise from holding a Race Night.

IMPORTANT : The information below is for guidance. It is in no way a guarantee or implication of what you will raise. Premier Race Nights in no way guarantee the amounts of money that will be raised.

The example below is based on 8 Races, 60 people attending on the night, everyone joins in the games and places 1 bet per race (a lot place more than one bet) and donated prizes given out where possible instead of cash. All guidance as to fundraising methods is explained in detail in the Race Night Pack which is posted to you once the booking is made and deposit received.

The information contained is based on ourselves being booked for the night. Many race night operators do not include such a comprehensive package.

Entry Fee – Based on £3 per person  £180

Tri-Cast                                                   £336

Owners Card                                            £112

Game 1                                                      £60

Game 2                                                     £60

Betting                                                     £240

Auction Race (average)                         £150


Total                                                 £1138

Minus our fee of £245                          £893

(why not get a company to sponsor the night to cover our fee ?)

This does not include any raffle, tombola, other auctions you may hold.

If your unsure, please do contact me as I am always open and honest, if I think you will be wasting your time and money – I WILL tell you.