Funding for BEST

Tesco Bags of Help

We are very excited to be a part of the customer vote for the Bags of Help grant from Tesco.  Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Barn Elms Sports Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist. The public will now vote in store during January & February 2019 on who should receive the awards.

Site Improvements: We are seeking funding to help with all aspects of improving the site and providing a better service to the community.  This includes additional football nets, rope barriers, tennis windbreakers and netball posts.

“ Barn Elms Sports Trust (BEST) is a charitable trust dedicated to ensuring the future of the sporting provision on the old Barn Elms Playing Fields site (SW13).  The site was set to be sold in 2005 before a local group set out to preserve the beautiful, green, open space and ensure it wasn’t turned into a large private heath club.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January and February and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £63 million to over 20,000 community projects
  • For more information please visit:

Please support is in your Local Tesco Store: 159-167 Castelnau, Barnes, London SW13 9EW (inside Esso Express)


Aviva Community Fund

At BEST we are looking to increase the usage of our facilities by gaining new equipment that will help improve the participation in football. We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in getting through to the judging round of the Aviva Community fund project for new portable goals with wheels. This project allows us to purchase goals from up to £5,000. As you can imagine getting through to the last round has come as a great surprise, we’re hoping that the judging panel approve our project and secure the funding for this project at BEST.

Gaining further professional portable goals will be the first step in developing our football pitches further. We have few more steps that we like to improve at our site which are:

  • Installing floodlights in the main areas of our ground to keep availability at evenings during the winter season.
  • Look to purchase Crowd Barriers (Respect lines)
  • Invest further in groundwork equipment to help to maintain pitch longevity


As BEST is a charity sports ground, we rely on external funding sources for relevant projects that we feel can benefit our site. But we cannot solely fund projects ourselves. Over the years since we have been in operation there has been several improvements made to the site including; disabled pathway installed between the Athletics Track and the Car Park, new High Jump equipment, new Cricket Covers along with major pitch renovations.

We are always looking to develop as a site and we feel providing the community youth teams and schools additional professional football goals would be a great asset and help to further develop our site.