On Monday 19 July, England moved to Step 4 of its roadmap in easing COVID-19 restrictions.

This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution and guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.

The summary key points are:

  1. On field adaptions for playing football are no longer required.
  2. No limits of how many people can meet.
  3. One metre plus rule removed.
  4. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation will be changing from 16 August.
  5. Face coverings no longer required by law but recommended in crowded indoor settings and may be mandated by some clubs or facility providers.
  6. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time.
  7. No capacity limits for spectators but good practice is encouraged.
  8. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions.
  9. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged.
  10. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs, and we encourage clubs to take this up.
  11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments.

By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, we can look forward to ensuring the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.



Barton Rovers Football Club aims to provide football coaching, training and competitive youth football for boys and girls within the Reading, Berkshire area and we also run adult men, 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 FA Charter Standard and in May 2013 we were awarded the coveted FA Community Club Charter Standard. We are the only official Club in the West Reading area to hold this status.
  • 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.
  • With the support of Little Heath School and Tilehurst Parish Council, our home grounds in Tilehurst provide us with excellent playing facilities for mini soccer and 11 a side format.
  • We are represented in the East Berks Football Alliance, East Berks Football League, Reading & West Berkshire Football League and the Reading Sunday League.
  • We run a well organised annual football tournament in July.

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


Our Development Centre is open from 24th November!!

Children from age 4 to age 6 are welcome to come and join West Reading’s only Charter Standard Community Club for fun and inclusive coaching.