Welcome to Charlton Athletic and The Valley! Charlton Athletic is a family-friendly club, and whether it's your first visit or you're a season ticket holder coming to see us every matchday, we want all generations to have a great time every time they come to The Valley. In addition to the football on the pitch, there are a range of free activities off of it like our pre-match Family Activity Zone, the opportunity to be a flag bearer, welcoming the Charlton team onto the pitch, and access to the safe and warm Fans' Bar pre and post-match. Below is our guide to The Valley. How to get here, information you might need arriving and departing, what to do when you get here and what activities you can get involved as a family. We hope you have a great time! How to get to The Valley The Valley is located in south-east London and is very accessible by both car and public transport. The post code is SE7 8BL and you can plan your driving route to the stadium by clicking here. Charlton station is the nearest train station, and is just a three-minute walk from the stadium. Charlton station is accessible on the London Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Dartford and Gillingham lines. London Buses 472, 486, 161, 177, 180 and 380 also stop near to The Valley and the closest tube station is North Greenwich, where London Buses can then be boarded towards The Valley. Click here to view an interactive bus mapGetting a ticket for The Valley Charlton Athletic is the most affordable club in London and also highly competitive within Sky Bet League One. In our Family Stand, U11s get free season tickets when an adult also buys a full season ticket. We also offer matchday deals, for example a family of four ticket, where you can take in a match in the Family Stand from as little as £25. We know not everyone can afford to come to see a football match but we are trying to make it possible for as many as we can. Throughout the season we try and run a range of promotional ticket deals: free tickets for local primary schools, Kids for A Quid (where children pay £1 with a full paying adult) and Football For A Fiver (where all kids and adults tickets are just £5). We even do deals on away travel, such as free coach travel. Click here to purchase tickets online or call 03330 14 44 44 for more information and to purchase. Turnstile opening times You will be able to gain entry to The Valley from 1.30pm onwards. Please note, once inside the stadium all of our programme and refreshment kiosks are cash only – there’s a free cash machine located on the side of the club shop, just inside the main gates of The Valley. If an unaccompanied child needs assistance If an unaccompanied child requires assistance outside of the stadium, they are encouraged to make their way to our West Stand reception and ask for Jack O’Sullivan, our Supporter Liaison Officer. Jack will then be able to assist with any issues. If an unaccompanied child requires assistance once inside the stadium, they are advised to find their nearest steward who will assist with any issues. Family Activity Zone Our FREE Family Activity Zone runs every Saturday matchday between 1.15pm-2.30pm and is a great way for young fans and families to begin their matchdays. Located in the West Stand car park and Valley Central (opposite the club shop), there are lots of activities that take place to keep youngsters occupied, including FIFA 16 battles, face painting, pool, table tennis, visits from the mascots, an inflatable to test your football accuracy skills and many other fun activities. You can secure your child's place for free and find out more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgFlag bearer opportunities Every match, we select 18 young fans to be flag bearers to welcome the team on to the pitch. If you are sitting in the Family Stand, look out for our official mascots, Sir Valiant and Robyn. You'll need to be waving at them when they go around the stand to look for flag bearers. If selected, you'll be able to carry one of our big flags and head along the front of the East Stand to rouse the crowd just before kick-off. You will be escorted to and from your seat to make sure you are safe and sound. Club shop At the entrance to the stadium at the West Stand there is our club shop. You can buy the match programme here, although there are lots of places to buy these. Inside the shop there are a wide array of things to buy, from replica shirts to toys, training gear to pocket money gifts, so pay them a visit, you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome. We have a new ‘Back to School’ range, with prices starting from just £1! Family Stand Location The Valley's Family Stand, built in 2001, is located in the north-east quadrant of the stadium and affords a great view of the pitch. The Family Stand is populated with Addicks young and old and family tickets can be purchased in this area of the ground. Click here to buy tickets online or call 03330 14 44 44 for more information and to purchase. Food available There are food kiosks located around the ground and in the Family Stand, this is located at the top of the stand as you come in. Here, you can purchase hot and cold food and drinks, and sweets! Alternatively, upon entrance to the Family Stand, head down the stairs immediately in front of you and to your right to use the North Stand Lower concourse. Refreshments can be purchased from the The Valley's using cash only. Traditions – singing your heart out! One of the big traditions at football grounds is singing songs as a group of supporters. Usually these chants are led by fans and one of our supporters' songs is called Valley Floyd Road and here are the words, so join in! It’s to the tune of Mull of Kintyre. Many miles have I travelled, Many games have I seen, Following Charlton my favourite team, Many hours have I spent in the Covered End Choir, Singing Valley Floyd Road, My only desire, Valley Floyd Road, The mist rolling in from the Thames, my desire, Is always to be found at Valley Floyd Road… Nearest toilets to Family Stand The nearest toilets for supporters sitting in the Family Stand are on the North Stand Lower concourse. As you enter the stadium through the Family Stand's turnstiles, head down the stairs and then both male and female toilets are on the right-hand side. Kick-off time, half time and when game ends Most of the time, kick-off will be at 3pm on a Saturday. The game is split into two halves on 45 minutes, with a 15-minute break for half time in between. The game's referee will add on stoppage time at the end of each half, meaning that half time will normally begin at around 3.50pm, with the second half starting at 4.05pm. Matches normally finish just before 5pm and then there is usually a big rush to leave the stadium as people head back to their cars or to the train station or bus stops. You can avoid the rush by heading into our fans' bar after the game. The fans' bar is located behind the North Stand and entry is free to all season ticket holders and supporters with home match tickets. What to wear The Valley is an open arena and it is best to check the weather forecast before you come. All the stands are covered so you will be protected from the elements but the temperature can vary. In winter it is best to wrap up warm as you will be sitting outside for a couple of hours - the wind can sometimes make it chilly too. When the weather gets better, many fans wear their Charlton shirts. Young Reds Our junior membership scheme, Young Reds, is a fan club for our younger supporters up to the age of 13 and offers lots of unique opportunities. We have fun events, such as our annual Halloween, Christmas and Easter parties. We also have a hugely popular just-for-kids Question and Answer session with first-team players in attendance. One of the most anticipated activities is the opportunity to play on the hallowed turf of The Valley in an end-of-season football tournament. Membership is £20 and includes £10 worth of club vouchers and the opportunity to be one of the matchday mascots. There is also discounted half-season Young Reds membership available at just £15.