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Aldershot Community Stand ready to rise

26 September 2012

By Tony Dewhurst

Aldershot Town, who reformed in 1992, are planning to celebrate their 20th anniversary by opening a new Community Stand at the EBB Stadium.

The 250-capacity Stand, on the High Street End, will be reserved for community-based groups only, serving schools, youth clubs, junior sports teams, disabled groups and charitable organisations.

Aldershot Town Supporters Trust and the club's Community Trust have already pledged to donate £5,000 each to secure 50 seats for the next two seasons.

Aldershot Town's Community Trust Manager Kirk Wheeler said: "From our point of view it is a real winner because it involves many of the organisations we work with daily."

The Community Stand is set to cost around £60,000 and Shots' Associate Director Richard Petty said: "There is a lot of regeneration going on in the town and we want Aldershot Town to be the focal point of the community. We see this new stand project as a big part of that aim.

"The fans who will use the stand will be mainly youngsters from the community groups that partner Aldershot's community scheme.

"We want people to love it and enjoy it, and become Aldershot supporters for life.

"The Community Stand will be of a long-term benefit for Aldershot Town Football Club."

Lifetime Shots fan Paul Marcus said: "Through one of the community projects that partner Aldershot, the children will now get the chance to experience firsthand the excitement of live football in their home town.

"We hope the Community Stand will be a practical legacy of the 20th anniversary of Aldershot's re-birth in 1992."

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