KIRK WHEELER, COMMUNITY MANAGER:
Kirk commenced employment with Aldershot Town F.C. as Community Manager in 2004,having previously managed the award winning schemes of Wimbledon F.C. (in the Premier League) and Watford F.C.(in the Premier League,Championship and League 1).read more
During his time at these clubs he built up an extensive knowledge of community work and player development and had the pleasure of witnessing boys progress from both schemes to play at Premiership and Football League level.
Since taking up his role at ‘the Shots’ Kirk,assisted by a team of part-time coaches,has increased sporting participation levels throughout Aldershot’s locality and surround working with many schools, youth clubs and day centres. This work led to Kirk personally receiving an award from the Football Association for his services to football development in 2005.
In 2006 under Kirk’s guidance the Scheme successfully secured funding from the Football Foundation to run a five year Disability Programme. In total the scheme received £193,000 funding which remains one of the largest ever received by a, then, non-league club. This funding has led to Aldershot developing a comprehensive disability programme that having initially started in Rushmoor now also encompasses Hart district and affords Children and Adults of all disabilities the opportunity to engage in health related activities.
In 2008 ,following Aldershot Town’s promotion back to the football league, Kirk was instrumental when the scheme achieved the ‘Football League Trusts Bronze Accreditation Award’. This award also entitled the Scheme to start receiving monthly funding to further progress the programme and in 2009 whilst increasing activity and participation levels Kirk assisted the Scheme to make the transition to that of a ‘Charitable Trust’.
Now operating as ‘Aldershot Town F.C. Community Trust’ the trust is continuing to expand under Kirk’s management with development pathways being established for many different groups and individuals. In 2010 an example of this work was rewarded when the trust picked up its first award in recognition of its work on the Gateway regeneration project in conjunction with local Secondary school Connaught and in 2012 work with the same school led to the receiving of a National literacy award for its work on a ‘Double Club’ project.
During 2012 Kirk was delighted to secure in total £150,000 funding for two of the Trust’s projects. Firstly, the Trust’s work with ‘Socially disadvantaged groups’ was recognised by the Football League Trust with more good news coming at the end of the year when the Peter Harrison Trust donated funding towards the extension of the Trust’s Disability programme.
These separate funding commitments from both organisations means that the popular Trust projects will be able to continue to develop and thrive until at least 2015.
With many new initiatives planned for the Trust,in the forthcoming years,it continues to remain Kirk’s aim to to progress as many community areas as financially viable whilst promoting Aldershot Town F.C. in every activity. Hopefully,exposing the club to the largest target audience possible.
SAM JONES - DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Having worked with local clubs in the area developing nursery level teams, Sam joined the scheme as a part time coach in 2012. During this time he worked on the full range of projects including the schools and special needs programme.Sam, a supporter of Manchester United FC, started full time with the Community Trust in February 2016 and has since been involved with the award winning schools project as well as assisting with the co-ordination of NCS (National Citizen Service) and local fundraisers. read more
PART TIME COACHING STAFF
The Aldershot Town Community Trust employees approximately 16 part time coaching staff who assist with the delivery of its busy sports development programme. These coaches are all in receipt of the following qualification:read more
- An enhanced CRB certificate
- Emergency First Aid certificate
- Child Protection
- FA / UEFA Coaching Qualifications ranging from Level 1 to UEFA A License
- FA Youth Module Awards ranging from Level 1 to Level 3
- Level 1 and 2 qualifications in a range of other sports
Whilst the Aldershot Town Community Trust has a great team of part time coaches, the Trust is always interested in hearing from qualified coaches who would like to become part of the Community Trust’s team.
To apply for a part time coaching position please email your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Kid joined the team in October 2011 with the aim being to compliment the work of the Community Trust and assist at first team games with the match day experience.read more
As well as assisting with the meeting and greeting of junior and adult supporters on a match day. CK (as he is affectionately known by his adoring public) assists with the half-time shoot out, welcomes school children and youth groups who may be visiting the EBB for the first time and he often conducts the home crowd’s sing along.
CK is also a regular visitor to many local schools, disability groups and has a regular presence at many fetes and fun days throughout the year.
The inception of CK, whilst very much the idea of the Community Trust, was also made possible by the generosity of former chairman and club founder Terry Owens who kindly assisted with part funding towards the design of the character.
As a very popular member of the team, it is hoped that Community Kid (having signed a long term contract) will be around for many years to enrich the lives of supporters everywhere.