THE newly renamed Aldershot & Fleet RFC have had their historic first training sessions at Aldershot Park, which is to be their new home ground. The training sessions took place on Tuesday, April 22, and again last Thursday.

Although the season has all but ended, Aldershot & Fleet are now training for upcoming sevens tournaments under the guidance of head coach Barry Warner. Once sevens training is over the lads will only have a short break before pre-season training commences for the teams' 2003/2004 league campaigns. The club fields two teams on a weekly basis and have had a successful season with the first XV maintaining a healthy position mid-table of Hampshire division two and the second XV finishing the season third from top of the division two merit league.

Everyone involved with the club is excited at the prospects presented through the support of Rushmoor Council. A fund-raising sub-committee has already been formed to support ventures such as the proposed building of a new clubhouse.

Anyone who feels that they can help with fund raising should contact Carl Pickles on 01252 677616 or 07712 897250.

The present feeling within the club is summed up by club Chairman Malcolm Thomas' comments that after eleven years this is "the end of the beginning" for the club.

They would welcome enquiries from anyone interested in the sport. Otherwise, head coach Barry Warner is always on the lookout for new players of any level and anybody who would like to go along to training on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 7.00pm at Aldershot Park will be made to feel most welcome. Barry can also be contacted on 01252 674633 or 07967 109518. Alternatively, information can be gained from the club's website www.fleetrugby.com

The club has also been running a successful youth academy for two seasons now.

For further details please contact Sean Kavanagh on 01252 661324 or 07973 851652.