To help you plan out a variety of sweepstakes you can organise in your workplace throughout the year, we’ve put together this 2022 calendar with a different theme for each month.
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January: F.A. Cup 2022
What better way to start the year than with an office sweepstake on the oldest national football competition in the world?
Of course, the esteemed competition began all the way back in August 2021, but the third round in January is the perfect time to start an F.A. Cup sweepstake as it’s when teams from the top two divisions enter the competition. With 64 clubs competing in the third round for a shot at glory, ranging from non-league minnows to Premier League big-guns, it’s anyone’s guess how far each team will go with each year producing its fair share of giant killings and shock results.
The great thing about doing an F.A. Cup office sweepstake is that it accommodates all sizes of sweepstake groups. Given the last time a team from outside of England’s top division won the competition was West Ham in 1980, it’s safe to say that you could easily distribute each Premier League team between 20 colleagues and end up with an outright winner. If there is a larger group that wants to get involved, you can work your way down the football pyramid to include the lower and non-league teams participating in the infamous third round ties. If no one draws the winner, the top prize should be awarded to the participant(s) who draw the team(s) that make it the furthest in the competition.
February: 2022 Six Nations Championship
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If there are some Rugby fanatics in the office or if there is a small group of you, ideally six, then organising a sweepstake on the Six Nations Championship is a great way to have a bit of fun and have a shot at winning some cash. Will current champions Wales defend their crown, or will underdogs Italy spring a surprise and win the iconic tournament for the first time since joining in 2000?
March: 2022 Formula One World Championship
Following an exhilarating and controversial end to the 2021 season, March sees the return of the fastest motorsport in the world. 23 races, 20 drivers, 10 teams, one goal - the world championship. Why not get in on the glory and organise an F1 sweepstake? Depending on how many participants are involved, you might choose to organise a sweepstake on either the drivers championship or constructors championship.
Fear not if you draw a team or driver that hasn’t challenged at the front in recent years - the biggest technical regulation change since 2009 means it’s anyone’s guess who will have the most competitive package when the lights go out under the night sky in Bahrain come March.
April: 2022 Grand National
The annual Grand National steeplechase held at Aintree Racecourse is an event that is prominent in British culture. So popular is the 7km race, that it is watched by many people who don’t normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year. 40 horses make this a good office sweepstake opportunity if you have plenty of colleagues wanting to get involved, meaning the winners could walk away with a substantial prize.
May: The French Open 2022
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Have some tennis fanatics in the office? Why not organise a sweepstake on the French Open. The Roland Garros as it’s often commonly referred to is the largest clay court tennis tournament and is often one of the most exhilarating and physically demanding tennis events of the year.
June: The U.S. Open 2022
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If golf is a big hit in your workplace, you could organise a sweepstake on one of the major tournaments in the golf season - the U.S. Open championship. Held at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts between the 13th and 19th June, the tournament promises a week of nail-biting golf action on a course where scoring is notoriously difficult. Will there be a few surprises in store? Only time will tell.
July: Wimbledon 2022
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The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world is always a great opportunity for colleagues to come together and organise a sweepstake. With the various events making up the tournament that are sure to produce scintillating sporting action, the options for organising an entertaining work sweepstake around Wimbledon are endless.
August: 2022-23 Premier League Season
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August sees the return of the most-watched football league in the world - The Premier League. The great thing about organising an office sweepstake on the Premier League season is that you can choose to draw teams out at random and see who takes the crown come May 2023 or set up a fantasy football league where the person with the most points at the end of the season takes all.
September: The Great British Bake Off
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We’re expecting one of the nation’s favourite TV shows to return to our screens in September 2022 - it is of course Bake Off. In addition to a GBBO themed sweepstake, you can up the stakes by including rules such as the person whose contestant is eliminated must bake a cake and bring it into the office the following week.
October: Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021
Postponed in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 is set to finally go ahead in October. With 12 teams battling it out to be crowned champions of the world, Rugby fans are set for a month of crunching tackles and last-gasp tries, culminating in the final showdown at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. As with any major sporting event, organising an office sweepstake can give you that extra bit of excitement if the team you are supporting doesn’t make it as far into the tournament as you’d like!
November: Qatar 2022 World Cup
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Nothing says office sweepstake more than the FIFA World Cup! For the first time in the tournament’s history it will be held outside of the traditional summer months, instead taking place in November and December to avoid Qatar’s intense summer heat. Will you be lucky enough to draw one of the favourites?
December: I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
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Everyone’s favourite duo, Ant and Dec, will be back in December joined by a new line up of celebrities all hoping to be crowned king or queen of the jungle. A festive I’m a Celebrity themed sweepstake is the perfect way to round off the year with your colleagues and give one of you the chance to pocket a bit of extra money towards your Christmas expenses.