We are a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers and funded by donations from supporters and the contribution of parents. We do not receive any funding from national folk organisations or government institutions. We require a flow of income to keep the team financially viable.


We are fortunate enough to have some very generous supporters, both individuals and organisations, particularly social dance clubs.You can see details of some of them on the supporters page.


Following a successful fundraising campaign in 2018 we were able to purchase a new van for the team at the start of 2019 and still leave our finances in good health, but we still need a regular flow of income as there are always expenses that include 


  • Costumes
  • Equipment (wrappers, swords, sticks)
  • First aid supplies
  • Amplification equipment
  • Van maintenance and fuel
  • Printing
  • Expenses for tutors and team organisers
  • Covering some of the costs of our training and performance events so that the full price of attendance does not fall on parents.


In 2020, with the global lock-down for the pandemic all of our live appearances, at which we normally collect funds, have been cancelled, but we have maintained the full programme of events by shifting to online training and performances. That has eliminated some of our expenses but also means that we have lost the opportunity for collecting donations at live events. It has also meant that we have added costs for videoconferencing and some of the music sharing tools that have been in use.


Consequently we are, for the first time, trying out online fundraising to make up some of that shortfall. It will also make it easier for our supporters to contribute to keeping the team in top condition ready to charge back into live performances once restrictions are lifted. If you would like to contribute please go to


If you would rather not give in this way, please drop us a message via the contact form and we will be happy to share with you details that will allow you to send us a cheque.

Next NYFTE Event

 Unfortunately all our public events for 2020 were cancelled, but we are preparing our calendar for 2021