The vast majority of successful tournament organisers can trace their beginnings back to their local community. An organiser often starts out running small, local tournaments, and as their experience and confidence builds they become interested in trying their hand at something larger. At first they’ll establish a major tournament using local resources, but there comes a point where it’s impossible to grow the event any further without seeking external assistance. Unlike financial resources, which scale relative to total attendance, the people required to run a larger event are difficult to cultivate.
This week I’ll discuss the subject of community alliances with a focus on running large scale events. I’ll provide an overview of what alliances are, how they typically work in practice, and run through the benefits and constraints involved. I’ll conclude with some examples of successful alliances taken from major tournaments in Australia and abroad.