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.
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.
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!