Friendship, Fair Play and Fun
Friday Night 5s has been held at the Rocks Lane venue in Barnes since 1995 and the youth football league has flourished ever since to become the popular stalwart of the local community it is today.
Built on Friendship, Fair Play and Fun – our Friday evening Junior 5-a-side leagues take place at the Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre, which features a Café, Children’s Playground and Changing Rooms.
Friday Night 5s are a key fixture within Barnes community life for children and their parents alike – featuring 130 junior teams playing over 5 hours across 9 floodlit pitches. From the moment the whistle blows for kick off from 4pm, the atmosphere of fun and camaraderie is palpable amongst the junior teams!
The Summer season starts on Friday, 23rd April 2021 and runs for 12 weeks through to 16th July. There are no matches on 4th June due to half term.
New Rules Due to Corona Virus:
Team size & spectators
A maximum squad of 7 players should be brought to each match to play 5 a side with one sub or six a side by agreement of both teams, attending with no more than 2 adult supervisors. They should arrive 5 minutes before their scheduled kick off time and go and stand outside their pitch ready for their game to commence, not interacting or warming up with other teams before play. Teams leaving the pitch should be allowed space to come off safely. Teams should arrive though our main entrance and leave promptly after the end of their game.
Fixtures – on website and app
App name: Friday Night 5s
Please check your fixtures on our website or app regularly and before coming to the game so you know where to go.
Bibs – available to buy
Football and netball bibs will be available to buy in the clubhouse or teams are welcome to bring their own, as sharing of non-sanitisable items is not recommended at the moment.
Footballs – available to buy or rent
Footballs will be available to rent or buy from the clubhouse and if rented will be sanitised between users.
We ask for handshaking and high fiving to be avoided and also for any shouting/verbal encouragement to be kept to a minimum.
Sanitising of customers, site and equipment
The site will be sanitised before the start of the event and the referee will open and shut the pitch gates. Please bring your own hand sanitiser and clean the squad members hands before and after the game.
Social distancing of players before and after the game and spectators at all times to be adhered to as per Government guidelines.
Clubhouse and facilities
The pavilion will be open for take away snacks and drinks. Please observe the social distancing markings whilst queuing. The outside toilet adjacent to the clubhouse will be open for use.
The car park will be open but please endeavour to use a minimum amount of cars so as not to congest the area. The buses run smoothly through Barnes. There is plenty of parking nearby in the B1 parking zones. Please see the RUT website for further details. The changing room will be closed.
Exiting the site – back gate
Please exit the site through the rear gate .
Please bear with us and adhere to the above recommendations which will be reviewed following the half term break.
Any comments or feedback always welcome!
Places are limited, so secure your team’s place today by emailing Helene at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are often told that Friday Night 5s in Barnes is a very different to the feeling of a weekend junior league. We think that’s because of the values that are so important to those who take part in the leagues: Friendship, Fair Play and Fun.
The five-a-side format, based around Friendship of those of a similar age, helps create this atmosphere. Friends come together to design, manage and play in a team that is truly theirs: choosing their own team name, designing their team badge and, if they wish, having their own team strip too.
Our Match Rules and Code of Conduct for Players, Parents and Coaches are there to champion Fair Play in the spirit of the game and ensure Fun for all – win, lose or draw. Referees assess all matches for Fair Play and a Fair Play Award is given at the end of every week.
Barnes is the original home of Rocks Lane – the company behind Friday Night Fives. Rocks Lane came to Barnes in 1992 and set up Friday Night Fives in 1995 with 4 teams. Today we regularly attract 1000+ junior footballers every Friday evening, playing on our 9 pitches.
The whistle blows for our younger age group Friday Night 5s matches at Barnes from 4pm. Matches last roughly 40 minutes each. Our experienced team of 9 referees and 6 coaches ensure everything runs smoothly, rain or shine!
We hold our High 5s Netball League at the same time, allowing more to compete and enhancing the atmosphere further.
Friday Night 5s teams of all ages that are keen to progress their abilities can work with one of the coaches we have here at Rocks Lane Barnes.
We run private and open football coaching classes throughout the week for ages 3 upwards. A team looking to improve their skills and tactics can have a private coaching class during the week and put the new skills they have learned into action during their Friday Night 5s match, with the same coach provide in-game guidance and advice from the side of the pitch, as part of our Match Day Manager service. It’s a fantastic way to learn and try out new skills! To find out more about coaching please email us at email@example.com
Read more about coaching here.