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Shots Set-Up Nepal Fund

Aldershot Town, in conjunction with Sahara UK and the Buddhist Community Centre UK, have established a fund to raise money to aid the Nepal earthquake relief programme.

Simply click here to visit the YouCaring.com page to donate towards a project which the Club will adopt to directly benefit the millions affected by April’s 7.8 magnitude disaster in which over 8000 people were killed. Every penny will go towards a project which brings the greatest benefit to Nepalese people.

Our initial target is £5000, to add to the £5200 raised from gate receipts and collections at the Chelsea v Liverpool Barclays Under 21 Premier League fixture at the ESS on 7 May.

We will post regular updates on this fund’s progress, and thank you in advance for any support you are able to give.

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Shots Appoint Barry Smith As First-Team Manager

Aldershot Town are delighted to appoint former Dundee and Alloa Athletic boss Barry Smith as the Club’s new First-Team Manager on a one year rolling contract. 

The Club are also pleased to confirm that Caretaker Manager Chris Barker will remain at the Club, in the role of Player-Assistant Manager, alongside Coach Matt Gray.

41 year-old Smith brings seven years of managerial experience to the Electrical Services Stadium, backed by the highest coaching qualification in European football, the UEFA Pro Licence, a record of success in adversity and a reputation for developing young talent.

Barry left Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic in March after leading them to the 2015 Petrofac Training Cup Final in a run which included semi-final victory against Glasgow Rangers.

Shots Chairman, Shahid Azeem, said: “Barry is ambitious, shares our desire to see entertaining football back at Aldershot Town, and has great experience of developing young players. I know supporters will join us in welcoming him to The Shots and we really look forward to working with him.”

Smith said: “I see Aldershot Town as a great club with the same aspirations as myself. I want to be successful and so does ATFC. It felt an ideal fit. The team are playing below par at the moment but if we have a great season we can get into the Play-Offs. We are looking to build a new squad, and we have to build slowly, but we want to put out a team that makes Aldershot proud.

“It would be a great achievement to reach the Play-Offs next season and ultimately we want to take the Club back to the Football League. The fans will be proud of this team, but we need everyone working together – the fans, the management and the team.

“We’ve got a great pitch out there and it’s one that deserves good football. I want to get the ball down and pass, we have to be positive and attack-minded in the way we play.”

Full interviews with Barry Smith, Chris Barker and Director Brian Bloomfield will be on ShotsTV this afternoon.

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Shots Freeze Early Bird Season Ticket Prices

Aldershot Town have frozen both Early Bird season ticket prices and matchday admission for 2015-16.

The Early Bird prices, available until Friday 15 May, remain the same as 2014-15 – which were themselves significantly reduced from 2013-14 – giving supporters a great deal on enjoying an exciting new season at the Electrical Services Stadium.

To make the renewal process as easy as possible for current season ticket holders, we’ve already filled out your forms in advance, so you just have to confirm your details and make payment. New applicants can download the form at the bottom of this page.

Season tickets can be purchased from Monday 6 April, with books available for collection from the Ticket Office before kick-off as The Shots host Torquay United.

Adult seated season tickets are priced at £322, or £14 per match, giving a saving of £5 per match on turnstile admission, whilst adult terrace tickets are £299, or £13 per match, offering supporters a saving of £4 on matchday admission.

Concessionary prices are £230 for seating and £207 for terrace tickets, offering each match at just £10 and £9 respectively.

Student Saver tickets, for 16 – 18 year-olds in full-time education, are priced at just £184, or £8 per match for seating, and £161, or £7 per match, for terracing. This offers a huge saving of £7 per match on seating tickets and £6 per match on terrace tickets. Season tickets for ages 11 – 16 are £92 (seating) and £69 (terrace), a saving of £3 and £2 per match on matchday prices. For under-11s, season tickets are £69 and £46, offering the youngest Shots fans the chance to cheer their heroes for just £3 (seating) and £2 (terrace) per match.

All prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%. Prices will increase from Saturday 16 May 2015.

Matchday admission prices will remain at £19 (seating) and £17 (terrace) for adults. For concessions (over 65 and ages 16-18), seating tickets are £15 and terrace tickets £13. For under-16s, admission is £7 (seating) and £5 (terrace).

2015-16 is a vital season for The Shots, with a chance for the entire club to move forward into a bright future. Any club is only as strong as its supporters, and your support is always fantastic, home and away.

But our home must be our fortress and we need to create the sort of passionate atmosphere which roars the team to victory and got us all hooked on this unique club in the first place. We did not choose Aldershot Town, it chose us, and we need that renowned Shots spirit on the terraces as much as in the dressing room.

Together we can achieve something special. We value every fan and, whether a long-standing or first-time season ticket holder, want YOU to be part of our team for 2015-16.

To join us, download a Word document or PDF version of the application form.

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Shahid’s Stock Car Charity Challenge

Aldershot Town Chairman Shahid Azeem proves he’s the wheel deal this Sunday by representing The Shots in a unique charity stock car race at Aldershot Raceway.

 

Shahid will drive a Vauxhall Corsa restored by clients of Aldershot homeless charity Step By Step, in conjunction with Surrey’s GASP Motor Project and Spedeworth, in the meeting which begins at 1pm on Sunday. The race, in the under-1800cc Back to Basics banger class, is the culmination of a six-month project – brokered by The Shots – to kick-start the lives of local young homeless people through a course in car maintenance.

 

With GASP providing the mechanics expertise via its mobile unit, a team of five young people have worked on restoring two vehicles to stock car race specifications during weekly sessions at Spedeworth’s Hollybush Lane headquarters.

 

The 45-car field also features Shots Commercial Manager and all-time record goalscorer Mark Butler, plus several Club sponsors: Trevor Chillery of TJ Services Fleet, builder Gary Finney, Nigel Brake of Oakwood Property Services, James Scarlett, and representatives of Yateley MOT and Goldstation.

 

Shahid said: “I’m really excited about racing, but at the same time a little nervous and scared. I’ve never taken part in a banger race before, but I’m so proud of the Club’s contribution to this cause that a few bumps and bruises will be worth it. I just hope that the car has heated leather seats and a good stereo system!”

 

Launched in Surrey in 2005, as a diversionary activity for young people involved in joyriding and car theft, GASP Motor Project help to change behaviours and support young people in making a successful transition into adult life through education, employment and training. Initially providing evening mechanics lessons and a go-kart track in a custom-built motor workshop, GASP moved to a larger workshop on the SITA site in Albury in July 2012.

 

Formed in 1961, Spedeworth Motorsports are the UK’s largest Short Oval racing promoters, racing at purpose-built stadiums across England, including Aldershot Raceway at Rushmoor Arena. Featuring a mixture of contact and non-contact classes – including the spectacular National Hot Rods, a variety of Banger classes and the mighty Brisca F1 Stock Cars – Spedeworth also race at Wimbledon, Eastbourne, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth, plus in conjunction with Incarace at Hednesford Hills, Northampton International Raceway and Birmingham Wheels.

 

Aldershot charity Step By Step empower homeless people and those facing adversity with a structured combination of services including accommodation, support, training, and counselling. Offering drop-in support and advice services, plus emergency shelter accommodation, education and employment training, and family mediation, Step By Step help people achieve their full potential.

 

For further details of Sunday’s race, at the Aldershot Raceway on Rushmoor Road, near Rushmoor Arena, visit www.spedeworth.co.uk.

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