Our Story


Barn Elms Sports Trust (BEST) is a registered charity dedicated to ensuring the future of the sporting provision on the Barn Elms Playing Fields.

2005 – The site was to become a large private health club and housing complex.

2008 – Barnes Vision formed to protest this loss of grass space + 10 months later they had attracted £2million worth of funding.

2009 – Richmond Council approved the redevelopment of the sporting facilities.

2013 – Barn Elms Sports Trust awarded the management contract of the site.  A contract signed to that protect the fields for public use for the next 199 years.

2022 – The site continues to be imperative to the local community, providing playing fields and facilities for a variety of local schools, sporting teams and community groups

Facilities & Awards

Barn Elms Sports Trust has a variety of facilities to suit all abilities including football & rugby pitches (winter months), cricket and rounders pitches (summer) as well as tennis, cricket nets and a multi-use games area (netball, hockey & hard court football). Check out https://www.bestfields.co.uk/facilities/ to see what we offer.

Winner – Love Your Field Award, 2014

Finalist – Getting Active (Team Sports), 2017

Finalist – Getting Active (Individual Sports & Informal Activity), 2017

Finalist – Fields in Trust Young Champion Award (George Hughes-Onslow), 2017


Get Involved

As a community site, and a loss making charity, BEST is always looking for donations to help improve the site and involve the local community.  Whether you are able to provide sponsorship for one of our local teams, or wish to make a donation to the cause, we’d love to hear from you!