Faced with the need to make drastic budget reductions in 1991, Haringey Council closed the Boroughs sports development team Community Action Sport, thereby leaving a void in provision. Because of his passion for sport, belief that all young people should have the opportunity to take part in sports and appreciation that Haringey schools needed help to develop school sports, Burk Gravis, Director of Haringey Sports Development Trust, established The Trust in 1992; with minimal funding from the Tottenham Grammar School Foundation and using an electric typewriter.
In 1994, The Trust gained charitable status and today, it enjoys a high profile across the community sports sector in London, being viewed externally as a massive success. The Trust has a strong record of delivering sports development in Haringey and the neighbouring areas, particularly focusing their work on young people. Setting up clubs in the Borough, strengthening clubs, increasing participation and impacting young peoples attitude towards improved lifestyle and dealing with obesity and wellbeing are only some of The Trusts priorities. It also focuses on upskilling young people in gaining coaching qualifications in a variety of sports linked to the London Youth Games Sports, which then enables them to become ambassadors in various sport and volunteering opportunities and leads to part-time and full-time employment.
The success of programmes continues to attract funding from Tottenham Grammar School Foundation, Haringey Council, Street Games and Hornsey Parochial, Leathersellers and AKO.
The Trust has won Best Practise in the Community BURA Trust, Best Practise Girls Football SE England and the 2012 Legacy Programme.
Burk was on New Years Honours List 2017 and was awarded British Empire Award for 35 years service to Sport. He also won the life time Achievement Award 2008 for services to Sport in Haringey.