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We have a thriving mini and junior football section for both boys and girls where children from the age of 5 are welcome to join and have fun. We are an all inclusive Club and all children are encouraged to get involved with the club and there are regular family events organised. The emphasis on all of our teams is for the children to enjoy playing and to have as much game time as possible. Each coach / volunteer is DBS checked and every team has at least 1 qualified Football Leader with them at all times. There will also be a qualified first aider in attendance. New starters are always welcome BOYS FOOTBALL All teams train on the 3G at the Aberdare Sports Centre on a Monday evening from 6-8pm. The under 8s and 10s train between 6 and 7pm along with some of our under 12s.  The rest of our under 12s train between 7-8pm.  Please check with the Club for specific teams. Our junior teams (under 14) train on the 3G on a Tuesday evening between 6pm and 7pm. Up until the age of 8 the children normally only train, there are some games arranged throughout the season though normally on a Sunday morning. We have 2 teams at Under 10s, these play in Aberdare or Mountain Ash on a Saturday morning, kick off 10.00am, they had 4 games per week, each lasting 14 minutes. We have 3 teams at Under 12s, these play in Aberdare or Mountain Ash on a Saturday morning, kick off 10.00am. They have 3 games per week, each lasting 20 minutes. We have 2 teams at Under 14s and they play on a Saturday morning (11am kick off) at various locations throughout RCT.  Games are 1 hour long.  The home ground is Mikes Field. GIRLS FOOTBALL Our girls section is rapidly expanding and is the largest in the area having only been established since 2015. We have teams at Under 7s, Under 8s, Under 11s, Under 12s, Under 14s which all feed into our ladies team. Training for the girls takes place on a Thursday evening from 5pm till 6.30pm at Bleangwarr Astro Pitch. CLUB CONDUCT Players Encourage, support and co-operate with my team mates Not to bully or make anyone feel sad or unhappy Show respect and fair play to my opponents – shaking their hands at the end of a game Play within the rules of the game, not to cheat or waste time Respect my coach/manager and listen to what my coach/manager tells me Respect officials and accept all decisions without question and shake their hands at the end of the game Not to make nasty comments about a team mate, another player/team or coach/manager on any website or social networking site. Tell my Club Safeguarding Officer or someone I trust if I feel unhappy, uncomfortable or concerned about anything Coaches, volunteers and club officials Code of Conduct Show exemplary behaviour by respecting match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers and spectators Treat all players equally by supporting and motivating all players Give all players, whatever their ability, the chance to play Accept that striving to win is more important than winning itself Always pursue fair play – adhere to the laws and the spirit of the game Encourage players to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour Never to engage or tolerate any form of bullying Never abuse or misuse any relationship of trust or position of power Display high standards, behave responsibly and never engage in or tolerate the use of foul, abusive, insulting or inappropriate words, behaviour or gestures Get Behind the Line and not enter the field of play without prior permission from referee Ensure the enjoyment, safety and welfare of a child under my supervision is considered paramount at all times Record any allegations, accidents or incidents and refer to designated person Organise activities appropriate to the players’ ability level, age and maturity Appreciate all efforts and not to over-train the players Ensure that coaching sessions are fun, well-structured and focus on developing skill, decision – making and understanding of the game Respect and listen to the opinions of children Refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol during club activities or training sessions Be aware of the FAW Safeguarding Policy, Procedures & Practices and observe the responsibilities involved, including the FAW Communication guidelines Not to make inappropriate comments about another player, coach, official, spectator or volunteer on any website or social networking site which may bring the game into disrepute FA WALES CAMPAIGN The Welsh FA launched a campaign aimed at improving adult behaviour on the touchline at junior and grass roots football matches throughout Wales - this is a campaign that Aberdare Town Football Club fully endorses at all levels. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of children are withdrawing from football because of the untoward behaviour of others; from over- zealous spectators to ultra- competitive coaches. Via the education and promotion of the 'Behind the Line' campaign, the Football Association of Wales' Safeguarding department aims to get everyone onside to ensure football is enjoyable for all of those involved. 'Behind the Line' is the FAW's principal safeguarding campaign which focuses on safeguarding children and young people by eliminating the negative factors which hinder their enjoyment of the game. The campaign aims to tackle both on and off the pitch behaviour by promoting best practice through educating players, coaches and spectators. 'Behind the Line, Behind the Team' is a tailored programme which concentrates on improving the conduct of spectators on the touchline. By addressing the often inappropriate behaviour of overzealous supporters who may overstep the line with constant criticism and intimidation of players and officials, the campaign will educate and remind individuals of their responsibility to create a fun, safe and positive environment for children to play football in. As a result, clubs are encouraged to utilise the 'Behind the Line, Behind the Team' barriers to create a dedicated supporter zone, and serve as a reminder not to overstep the boundaries, both physically and psychologically. The safeguarding DVD filmed in the summer with National Team Manager Chris Coleman highlights the practical effects of the barriers whilst publicising the overarching importance of encouraging children and allowing them to have fun within the sport rather than placing them under too much pressure. Chris Coleman was delighted to play a part in the launch of the campaign, saying; “I know how important it is for children to be encouraged to play football, to feel free to express themselves and learn from mistakes without negative pressures from the side-lines” -