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Shots Confirm Wycombe Friendly

Wycombe Wanderers will provide the opposition for Aldershot Town’s final pre-season friendly at the Electrical Services Stadium on Saturday 1 August at 3pm.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth will bring his League Two Play-Off Finalists to Hampshire as Barry Smith completes his pre-season preparations before the start of the Vanarama National League season on Saturday 8 August.

Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, with under 11s admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Shots will now play four pre-season friendlies:

Saturday 18 July, 3pm: at Hampton and Richmond Borough – The Beveree

Saturday 25 July, 3pm: at Basingstoke Town – The Camrose

Wednesday 29 July, 7.45pm: v Chelsea Under 21 – Electrical Services Stadium

Saturday 1 August, 3pm: v Wycombe Wanderers – Electrical Services Stadium

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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 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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GlucoRx Named New East Bank Sponsors

Aldershot Town are delighted to welcome ethical medical supplies manufacturer GlucoRx as the new sponsors of the Club’s iconic East Bank stand.

Formed in 2010 and already the NHS’ second-largest suppliers of quality products to treat diabetes, the Woking-based company – who pride themselves on prioritising patient care over profit – will give their name to the GlucoRx East Bank for the 2015-16 season as the first part of a new long-term relationship with Aldershot Town.

GlucoRx, who save the NHS money with industry-leading products which are one-third cheaper than their competitors, are also committed to reinvesting profits for care of the local community. Some products, including blood glucose meters which use the latest enzyme technology, are even given to surgeries and hospitals free of charge.

The company will also hold a series of Diabetes Testing and Awareness Days at the Football Club, to help save lives throughout the community. Diabetes, a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high,  affects over 3 million people aged 16 and over in the UK – around 850,000 of whom, it is estimated, are undiagnosed – with that figure expected to rise to 4.6 million by 2030.

“GlucoRx is a company who shares the ethics and ideals of Aldershot Town, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Club,” said Chairman Shahid Azeem. “We only want to work with organisations who give something back to the local community, and GlucoRx plays an invaluable role in every community across the country. The East Bank is the heart of Aldershot Town and, in an industry where fitness is key, we know the value of their work in promoting healthy lifestyles and regular health checks.

“I would also like to thank Kevin Matthew of Central Heating Services, who has sponsored the East Bank for several years and continues to be a major supporter of Aldershot Town, particularly in his work as founder of the Shots Community Partnership.”

“We are looking to establish a long-term relationship with Aldershot Town FC,” confirmed GlucoRx’s National Sales Manager Chris Chapman. “We hope to reach everybody in Aldershot and the surrounding areas, through the Football Club, to raise awareness of Diabetes. If we can help just one person to improve their health, then this deal will have been worthwhile.

“Our products match the quality of the brand leaders, but we provide a cost effective solution. We have saved the NHS in the region of £18 million in the past three years, and our target is to save the NHS £100 million, both directly and indirectly. That money could go towards extra nurses, newer equipment, or greater research.”

“I am delighted that such a prestigious and important company have chosen to extend their reach into the community through Aldershot Town,” said Commercial Manager Mark Butler, who was the first person at the Club to receive a free diabetes test from Chris Chapman. “Much of the work on this partnership was led by Shahid, and I would like to give credit to him for bringing a major new company into the Club.”

GlucoRx’s establishment in the competitive healthcare industry has resulted from its excellent customer service and working proactively with R&D partners to identify and launch emerging technologies specialising in the diabetic field. It provides a complete range of blood glucose testing solutions – including test strips, lancets and insulin needles – for Type 1 and 2 diabetics, drivers, partially sighted patients and those with dexterity issues. Implementation is fully supported with free meters, accessories, helpline services and training.

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