Getting sponsored for a sport that you already love is a great way of building up a profile and going professional. Getting sponsorships is not easy, but this article with give a general guide on how to go about getting sponsored for skateboarding.
How to get sponsorship
Sponsorship is not just limited to board companies. It includes clothing, shoes and helmets.
However, for the best type of sponsorship, it is best to start out by seeking sponsors from a local skate shop. Having shop sponsorship means that you have a choice of any brand of board, a place to work on your decks and a good range of people to skate with. Find a sponsor With the internet, it is easier than ever to get relevant contact information. Check websites and never hesitate to call potential companies in regards to whom to ask about sponsorship. If the local skate shop stocks the company that you favour the most, ask if they can supply some contact information or a business card. Attend any events that the company sponsors and speak to the representatives there about contact information. Keep a list Always keep a list of people contacted with details of their position within the company and most importantly, ask around as there could always be someone willing to get you a contact which could potentially lead to sponsorship.
Benefits differ from each company. However, you can usually get free gear or skate brands at trade cost. Having sponsorship makes it easier to get to events and most of the time, they reimburse reasonable expenses incurred while attending.
Creating a sponsorship package
This is not necessary, but it does give a massive advantage. With online content like blogs and social networking sites, it is easier than ever to get your face and skills out into the public domain. The package Within this package, you should include images and video links of you skating, links to all the social networking sites which you belong to and links to any events attended or planned and the relevant articles about it. If you have ever been in a magazine or any other media source, include a link or copy. Also, it is always good to have a DVD or CD of you performing your latest and best tricks, as it helps to have examples on-hand if they are ever asked for. Seeking sponsorship Get business cards printed out with your e-mail and number on it and carry a few with you whenever you skate or go to the skate park. You never know who you might run into.