Barton Rovers Charter Success


Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on 1 January 2014, visited the Madejski Stadium to watch Reading FC play Nottingham Forest FC and to present local community football club, Barton Rovers, with a Football Association Chartered Standard Community Club award, the pinnacle of grassroots football accreditation. Alok presented a plaque and certificate to Sandy Kapila, Charter Standard Co-ordinator and John White, Club Welfare Officer, in front of 19,873 people during the halftime break.

Sandy Kapila said: "We are pleased that the club’s hard work in providing high quality coaching across a range of teams with players of all abilities in a safe and friendly environment has been recognised by the Football Association through this award. We would like to thank Alok and Reading FC for their support in celebrating this success along with 150 players and their families from the club who were amongst the crowd today."

Alok Sharma said: "I was delighted to present Barton Rovers with their FA Chartered Community Club award. The Club takes their responsibilities seriously and the award is highly deserved. I certainly felt privileged to stand in front of nearly 20,000 people to present the award!"

The FA Charter Standard programme is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount. The kitemark provides members of the public with assurance that football clubs are well-organised, safe and offer opportunities for all. There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards and the most advanced is the ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’.

Barton Rovers FC was formed in 1982 and is based in Tilehurst, Reading. The club has teams at Under 8 through to Senior Mens and a Ladies team. Teams play on either Saturdays or Sundays. The teams are made up from mostly local players with the vast majority of them having attended the clubs highly successful Soccer Development Centre on Saturday morning's, held at Little Heath School in Tilehurst

At the beginning of 2013 the Development Centre was expanded to include a disability section which caters for players of all ages with Special Needs with the aim of entering teams in a League which caters for their needs. This team trains indoors during the winter months at Prospect School, in Tilehurst.

Barton Rovers is a partner club of Reading FC. This strong relationship has provided direct access to the staff at Reading FC through tailored coaching events and match day activities such as the guard of honour and half time penalty shoot out, enjoyed by the clubs younger age groups during the New Year’s Day game with Nottingham Forest FC.

More details of the Club can be found on our website -

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