Barton Rovers Boys Football Club was formed in 1982 by Tony Cook, John Quinn and John Summerfield who lived in Tilehurst, Reading with sons who wished to play football. Due to the lack of local opportunity, a team was formed and named Barton Rovers, as two of the three parents lived in Barton Road. An original and current aim is to provide local football to youths who may not otherwise have the opportunity.
Barton Rovers FC in 2003 were one of the first Clubs in the Reading area to be awarded FA Charter Standard and have had the award renewed until 2013 when the Club was granted FA Charter Standard Community Club status.
For the 2013/14 season we have 18 teams entered in 8 different Leagues playing on Saturday's and Sundays including girls and ladies teams. We also have a section to provide football skills coaching for children and adults with special needs, with the aim of teams being formed and playing competitive games in the BOBi League. We have a very successful Development Centre on Saturday mornings which is the talent pool for our future teams which are only set up at Under 9 level.
Why have you formed this Academy Partner link and how has it benefited your club?
The academy link was formed because of our connection with the Club having recommended players and celebrated our Charter Standard award with a presentation and group attendance.
Have any of your club players progressed and signed for the Royals Academy or any other league club?
Sam Deadfield (now with Birmingham), Mark Ethelston (Reading Scholar) and several others who have been for assessment.