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FA DIRECTIVE CORONAVIRUS COVID 19: Consistent with  Government advice, published on Monday 1 June, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:-

  • playing football individually. For example, practice of individual skills or fitness activities;
  • playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
  • football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times.
  • Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after.
  • Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is  notpermitted, therefore, playing of any games (small-sided or full) is also  not permitted at this time.
  • Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Football coaches can now undertake small group sessions up to six people (including the coach) but are reminded to follow FA safeguarding policy when coaching/working with children. This must include risk assessing the activities, gaining consent from parents/carers and ensuring you are in sight of another adult. For example, a parent/carer or another coach and that  the ratio of coach to different age-groups of children is appropriate – see download 5.5. For clarity, the additional parent/carer or coach is not included as part of the group of six but must remain in sight of the activity.
  • It is permissible for coaches to organise a training session that has two or more groups of six (including the coach) involved in the session, as long as the groups of six are kept separate, everyone is socially distancing and strict hygiene measures are in place with any equipment.
  • Football coaches working with people with impairments must ensure they can adequately cater for any additional needs whilst still avoiding physical contact and maintaining social distancing. Individuals should follow Government guidance relevant to their own impairment or health condition.

Please be reminded, if an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you’re classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

Barton Rovers Football Club aims to provide football coaching, training and competitive youth football for boys and girls within the Reading, Berkshire area. We also run adult men and ladies football teams.

  • Barton Rovers FC is one of the largest youth football clubs in Reading with over 250 registered players.
  • In 2004 we were one of the first clubs in the Reading area to achieve the F A Charter Standard and in May 2013 we were awarded the coveted FA Community Club Charter Standard.
  • We have a reputation for fair play, sportsmanship, good organisation and the development of youth soccer, and set high standards for attitude and behaviour on and off the pitch. .
  • We hold a Development Centre on Sunday mornings to coach soccer skills in partnership with Procision Football Coaching for children from Reception to Year 1 in a safe and friendly environment.
  • With the support of Little Heath School and Tilehurst Parish Council, our home ground’s in Tilehurst  provides us with excellent playing facilities for mini soccer and 11 a side formats.
  • We are represented in the BOBi League, East Berks Football Alliance, East Berks Football League, Peter Houseman Youth League, Reading & West Berkshire Football League, Reading Sunday League and the Thames Valley County Womens League.
  • We run a well organised annual football tournament in July for youth and Ladies football teams.

Barton Rovers can offer your child a safe, friendly and structured environment for them to enjoy football in the Reading area.

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