Re-establishing Barnes Football Club

by Ranko Davidov in London, England, United Kingdom

Re-establishing Barnes Football Club
We did it
On 3rd November 2021 we successfully raised £4,937 with 37 supporters in 110 days

The project aim is to re-establish Barnes Football Club through financing its first season in the County FA competition.

by Ranko Davidov in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra money will be used for quicker development and investment in youth department, youth coaching and development team and training equipment.


Barnes Football Club was founded in 1862 and had great importance in the development of football in 19th century. The club took part in first ever FA Cup in 1871-72 with 15 consecutive editions of the competition. Last records show Barnes FC was playing in local leagues from 1930s - 1960s, however the club was probably dissolved after this period with very limited subsequent news on its existence.

Our mission and initiative

Our initiative is to re-establish Barnes FC and to involve local passionate football fans and enthusiasts to support this community project. Our mission is to develop and promote community participation in healthy recreation by providing affordable activities that improve health and social welfare and to provide more social inclusive community that will engage all members regardless of ability or disability, race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation.


Covid-19 challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on society, leading to a rapid closure of businesses, places of work, worship, social engagement, schools and universities. During Covid-19, the closure of grassroots football had a significant impact on young players and community as a whole. Lack of football and physical and social activity adversely impacted families and community including shortage of funds for normal operations of the grassroots football club,  loss of sponsorship and reduced support from families due to financial constraints (redundancies, furloughing). Parents were struggling to encourage their children to strike a healthy balance of playing football digitally and physically, with many preferring to play online, rather than getting out and playing on the pitch. 

There are three main contributions of our project to the community:

1. Given the likely cuts to local authorities to pay for the C-19 crisis, this project carefully considers the impact this will have on provision of sport and physical activity for those who cannot afford private gyms, personal trainers and similar. We plan to offer no match fees to our adult players and free training for youth teams. 

2. The second legacy of C-19 crisis on sport is likely to follow the growth of remote working and the use of online platforms to operate business. For example, exponential increase in usage of online fitness platforms will definitely make a mark on sport and physical activity in the future. Whilst many people debate whether to invest in the office space at home with additional room for gym  or similar to replace their prestigious exercise regimes, our project considers investing in easy and fair access to municipal sport and recreation for those less fortunate in society.

3. Overall trend with younger population is characterized by online gaming and unhealthy habits, in terms of physical activity and food consumption, which was even more evident during C-19 crisis. Our project will return adults and children to the pitch, with adequate social and physical activity that will make strong positive mental impact and recovery after a number of lock downs and unusual circumstances for most of us. 


Management and members

Barnes FC is run by a volunteer management committee and is registered in Companies House as a company limited by guarantee, with not-for-profit goals and owned by its members. The chairman, secretary, treasurer, community, marketing and legal representatives are experienced in finance, sport administration, legal, marketing and IT fields and have successful careers in corporate and private environment. 

Our manager will be a key factor to our success and will be the paid role,  with minimum of the FA level 2 qualification.

The idea of successful community club is to be open, equal, diverse and inclusive. We hope the local community will recognize our ideas and efforts and that will take an active part in club's operations, events and activities. We plan to recruit and retain volunteers of all ages for club activities who share the same vision and who want to take responsible roles and become a heart of the club.

Club colour, badge and home ground


Whilst there is no historical records of the club's badge or logo, Barnes FC home kit was with dark blue and white stripes or hoops - we plan to keep it that way, with a new branded design.

Barnes FC will be playing on his historical ground at Barn Elms Park! We will use Barn Elms Sport Centre with their dressing rooms and training facilities. Parking is available free of charge, with disabled access.

Season expectations and the squad

Barnes FC will be affiliated to Surrey FA and will compete compete in Kingston & District Football League for Adults in its first season.

Whilst our efforts will be towards the organizational structure and successful running, safeguards, welfare and community objectives, we are aware the most challenging task will be to recruit the right, balanced mix of the players, both in terms of experience and talent. Our manager will be the key person for selection of players and we are already working on broad list of free players for trials. We use scouting developed apps and job adverts to attract experienced and talented players.


Development of youth teams

During the course of the first season, we plan to have a open call for different youth teams (both boys and girls) and meetings with the parents. One of our community efforts will be based on providing opportunities for children from local schools in increased sports participation and engagement. We assess this process should take a whole year in order for the club to be able to recruit appropriate youth coaching and development volunteers and to structure the training sessions in a safe and professional manner.


Absolute objective for the club's sustainability is to have the decent youth training facilities and coaching that it can recruit first team players from its own academy.

Community objectives


Our key community objectives are the following:

  • To increase and develop new opportunities for community members to participate in sport and physical activity.
  • To create and develop opportunities for everyone to engage in grassroots football.
  • To increase physical activity levels and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • To organize charitable events with fundraising component to support local community goals


We are grateful that we have already agreed general sponsorship agreement with Avanguardian Gallery in the amount of £1,000 which will cover our initial setup and marketing campaign costs. Our remaining budgeted costs, after deduction for expected player subscriptions and match fees for adult team for season 2022/23 are £4,650. This amount covers the following costs: pitch rentals, kits and manager fee costs (the only paid role in the club).


Final word

We hope our project will inspire local community to join our initiative. We are open for conversation with local businesses, but also individuals, who will find their interests or personal aspirations in supporting our mission - and with your support, nothing is impossible! Barnes FC can play FA Cup again!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Ticket for Fundraising Event at Fulham Kitchen

Join our fundraising event at Fulham Kitchen on 30 October 2021 from 8pm. The ticket includes a welcome drink, dinner (vegetarian option also available) and valuable raffle awards our sponsors (tickets for cinema and Thames rockets, dinner for two, heardressers treatment, jewellery, etc). Do not miss this opportunity to have a pleasant evening and to support us just one day before the end of this campaign!

£5 or more

Donation for supporting our initiative

Simple donation if you want to unconditionally support our initiative! Big thank you!

£10 or more

Thank you card signed by club officials

We will send a Thank You Card signed by club officials directly to your home address. You will also have an option to decide if you want your name to be published on our website as a fund contributor.

£10 or more

Barnes FC Pin Badge

A Barnes FC pin badge and a shout out on our Facebook page

£15 or more

Prize Draw - Win our New Home Kit with Your Name

You will be entered into a Prize Draw to win a Barnes FC new home kit with your name on the back of the shirt for just £15 (normally £40).

£15 or more

Club Tea / Coffee Mug

Nothing like a hot tea / coffee on a side lines cheering on your favourite team, this cup can make that happen and decorated in the Club Logo.

£15 or more

Club Scarf

Add this authentic Club Scarf to your collection while cheering your team!

£15 or more

20% food discount at Arte Chef Barnes

Arte Chef Italian restaurant in Barnes offers Italian culinary tradition with a Neapolitan southern Italian influence. Enjoy their amazing meals with 20% discount for £15 (RRP: converted with meals for 4 people at standard rates £20).

£20 or more

10% Lifetime Discount at Avanguardian Galery

Our sponsor Avanguardian, a London-based online art gallery, offers 10% lifetime personalized discount on any artwork in their portfolio (RRP: £20 - £500 saving per artwork).

£20 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Be on Barnes FC Matchday Poster

For our first match poster, we will embed the names of the first 50 people to claim this reward into the design. You will be forever in the match poster hall of fame and we will send you your very own A4 copy.

£20 or more

Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet (RRP: £30-36)

Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet is an emotional and purposeful way to monitor your baby’s movement during pregnancy and marks the beginning of you and your baby’s journey together. Stylish and easy to wear, the bracelet is the perfect companion during your pregnancy and beyond. Select from a number of options for £20 and save £10-16 of their retail price.

£20 or more

20% off Handmade Luxury Jewellery

Davidov London Jewellery is carefully crafted handmade bespoke jewellery that insists on uniqueness and timeless elegance. Save 20% (RRP: £40 - £100 saving value) for £20 reward on unique pieces: highest quality freshwater and extraordinary rare disc shell pearls, multicolour sapphires, rubies, chalcedony, jade, aquamarine.

£25 or more

Annual Membership

Involve yourself in club activities, participate in club's decisions, have a weekly newsletter delivered to your email, get 20% off your merchandise orders, be first to get other benefits and offers, have access to free community and social events organized by the club.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Meal and drinks for two at Arte Chef Barnes

Arte Chef Italian restaurant in Barnes offers Italian culinary tradition with a Neapolitan southern Italian influence. Enjoy free meal for two persons, including two drinks for just £30 (average RRP:£40)

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Haircut and Blow Dry at Headmasters (RRP:£65)

Receive a £65 voucher for a haircut and blow dry service for just £40 at any of 57 Headmasters salons in the UK.

£50 or more

£100 Gift Card to Shop at Avanguardian Gallery

Our sponsor Avanguardian Gallery from Fulham gives £100 Gift Card for £50 pledge to be used at any time (no expiry date). Make your perfect home with amazing selection of artworks!

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Match Day Sponsor

Name of sponsor (a company or individual) on match day materials and posts, pre-match posts and ads, home page of the website for the match and Man of the Match award selection + free membership.

£200 or more

General Sponsorship - Annual Contract

Sponsor name and logo will be on the club's website banners, weekly promotion on social media channels with agreed content and offers, promotion on the club's and community events, free membership.

£500 or more

General Sponsorship - 3 years contract

3 years long term contract and support; sponsor name and logo will be on the club's website banners, weekly promotion on social media channels with agreed content and offers, promotion on the club's and community events, free 3 years membership.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Home Ground Sponsor

Support us and cover our annual pitch hire costs! The reward includes the visible ad board with company's name and logo on 9 home games + all cup games. Free entrance to all home games for family & friends with free refreshments on the match day. Sponsor name and logo will be on the club's website banners, weekly promotion on social media channels with agreed content and offers, promotion on the club's and community events, free membership.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Food Voucher from COOK Barnes

Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals from COOK Barnes, ready to heat at home.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Website Sponsor

Sponsor name and logo will be visible at the face of the home page, including the website banners, weekly promotion on social media channels with agreed content and offers, promotion on the club's and community events, free membership.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Kit Sponsorship

Have the name of your company and logo on all home and away kits, free entrance to matches for friends & family with free refreshments, sponsor name and logo will be on the club's home page as a main sponsor, weekly promotion on social media channels with agreed content and offers, promotion on the club's and community events, free membership.

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