Re-establishing Barnes Football Club

by Ranko Davidov in London, England, United Kingdom

Re-establishing Barnes Football Club


£7,500 target 20 days left
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This project will only be funded if at least £7,500 is pledged by 13th August 2021 at 9:00am

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

by Ranko Davidov in London, England, United Kingdom


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

Barnes of one of the most beautiful London area and it deserves a modern, sustainable community football club. Barnes FC was somehow forgotten although its name is linked with football game origins from 19th century. 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.


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, 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. We will organize open calls to various club roles (coaches, youth development, welfare officer, medical team, community officer, etc.) and all members will be encouraged to participate.

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

As a grassroots football club, Barnes FC will be affiliated to London FA and will aim to compete in Southern Sunday Football League for Adults in its first season 2021/22.

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. 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 Sunday league players and talented players from youth academies.


FA Standard Charter Club Adult and mid-term plan

All our business decisions will be based on adopting the appropriate level of quality in different areas in line with the FA Standard Charter Club Adult requirements, starting immediately from year no. 1. Apart from developed administration governance, this also means:

  • All team officials (manager and coaches) will have up to date FA Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS);
  • Manager will have at least the FA level two qualification;
  • All team officials (manager and coaches) will have up to date the FA Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF);
  • All relevant staff and volunteers to have an in-date FA Enhanced Criminal Record Check (CRC);
  • All team officials will complete 4 best practice online courses: The FA Playmaker supported by BT, Safeguarding For All, The FA's Concussion Guidelines and Sudden Cardiac Arrest training.

Although the club aims to compete in youth leagues from season 2022/23, we plan an early introduction of Welfare Officer as one of the mandatory roles once the youth team setup is complete.

We will working closely with London FA in order to get the support for the next level with the long-term plan to reach a semi-professional status at some point.

Development of youth teams

During the course of the first season, we plan to have a open call for different youth categories (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 community objectives are the following:

  • To increase and develop new opportunities for community members to participate in sport and physical activity.
  • To develop and nurture the local youth of tomorrow.
  • 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
  • To deliver innovative projects in order to engage and bring together various groups and communities through sport.
  • To create and provide opportunities for local people to develop skills, access training, volunteering and employment.
  • To ensure the organisation’s sustainability by a diverse range of income opportunities whilst meeting the needs of the community
  • To identify and engage with partners, businesses and organisations to meet the aims of the organisation and the wider community.


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 for season 2021/22 are presented below:

Registration to London FA                         50

Registration to the league                        100

Manager/coach 8-10 hours a week       2,700

Home pitch rentals                                    972

Training pitches                                          720

Home and away kits                                  800

Balls and equipment                                 150

First aid kit                                                   30

Website costs                                            300

Referee fees                                              270

Kit washing                                                540

Personal accident insurance

and public liability insurance                   200

Budgeted costs                               6,832


Our targeted finance goal is £7,500, which represents budgeted costs increased by the crowdfunding administration fees.

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.

£1,000 or more

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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.

£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.

£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.

£50 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.

£75 or more

£100 Gift Card to Shop at Avanguardian Gallery

Our sponsor Avanguardian Gallery from Fulham gives £100 Gift Card for £75 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.

£300 or more

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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.

£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

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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.

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