Garrison Sporting Facilities

By SPP Reporter

Aldershot Military Stadium, Aldershot Garrison, Aldershot
Aldershot Military Stadium, Aldershot Garrison, Aldershot

Army Sport Control Board (ASCB)

Mackenzie Building, Fox Lines, Aldershot GU11 2LB Tel: 01252 787059

The Army Sport Control Board (ASCB) is the regulatory body for sport played in the British Army at all levels. It was formed in 1918 and is funded by both public and non-public funds.

The Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre (AGSC)

Rawlinson Road, North Camp, Aldershot GU11 2LQ Tel: 01252 347724 Fax. 01252 347715



At Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre (AGSC), world class sports facilities are available to the Army and the Service community and are combined with the highest standards of professional facilities management carried out by Aspire Defence under its 35-year contract.

The centre caters for 21 specialist sports via 200 acres of state-of-the-art and new build, elite sports facilities – some of the best sports Army facilities in the UK.

Staff provide a friendly welcome, aiming to offer something for everyone. The Army's target is simple – to 'be the best' The AGSC sporting facilities support that goal – and can help you too.

Opening times

Monday to Friday 0600-2200 hrs

Saturday 0800-1800 hrs (1800-2200 hrs available for hire)

Sunday 0800-2200 hrs

The Swimming Pool

Aldershot Garrison, Aldershot
Aldershot Garrison, Aldershot

The swimming pool is a 50mtr 8 lane Olympic length swimming pool; we have a shallow end of 2mtrs and a deep end of 3.8mtrs.

The unique feature of the pool is that we have a movable boom which enables us to create a range of pool configurations from the standard 50mtr pool to two 25mtr pools or a 40 & 10mtr pools.

At the deep end of the pool we have our diving facilities with 3mtr & 1mtr spring boards and 3mtr & 5mtr platforms.

The swimming pool is also available with a full size water polo pitch or as a championship/gala pool complete with international Omega timing equipment.

The Squash Courts

Our courts are of exceptional quality boasting a championship surface with ample viewing galleries with under floor heating and unobstructed views of all the action.

We have 6 glass backed fully sprung untreated beach wood floor squash courts at the Sports Centre which are available for hire to both individual members and clubs.

The Sports Hall

The Sports Centre has a fantastic double sports hall comprising of 8 badminton courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 netball courts, 3 volleyball courts including a championship court, 2 5-a-side pitches, 1 indoor hockey pitch, table tennis facilities as well as being equipped for martial arts, aerobic, circuit and fitness classes.

Health & Fitness

The Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre (AGSC) fitness studio provides a safe environment in which to exercise. The fitness room is fully equipped to meet you needs. Main features of the fitness suite:

• Air conditioning

• 41 pieces of user-friendly equipment

• Free weights

• Audio visual equipment

• Cardiovascular equipment

• Resistance training equipment

• Stretch and relaxation area

• Core stability and abdominal training area

Opening times

Monday to Friday 0600-2200 hrs

Saturday 0700-1800 hrs (1800-2200 hrs available for hire)

Sunday 0700-2200 hrs

Outdoor Sports Venues and Pitches

Military Stadium

Football and athletics September to April, athletics only May to August.

The Aldershot Military Stadium is the home of the Army's premier athletic and football facilities and would be the ideal venue for corporate fun days, school athletic days, charity events and much more.

The Athletic track is an 8 lane 400m track with full field events facilities.

The main stand comprises 1130 covered spectator seating area, changing facilities, VIP lounge and press/announcement box. The stadium has full floodlight facility enabling both day and evening training and competitions.

Rugby Stadium

The stadium has a 500 seat covered spectator stand with changing facilities, physio room and toilet facilities housed within. The stadium has full floodlight capability enabling day and evening matches and events. It is adjacent to the Military Stadium which can provide post match/event catering.

Wavell Pavillion

Wavell football area comprises 1 fully floodlit 3G football pitch and one grass training grid with a small pavilion.

The ground is available for both training and matches throughout the day and evenings.

The pavilion has two small changing rooms and small kitchen area and can be hired along with the football pitches.

Queen's Avenue Football & Rugby Pitches

Opposite the Aldershot Military Stadium is an open area comprising the bulk of the grassed pitches. At present we have 4 full size football pitches and 4 rugby pitches, 2 of which are fully floodlit, with 1 half lit. The facilities are ideal for anything from day or evening training, single matches or even full tournaments.

Astroturf Hockey Pitches

The Garrison has 2 astroturf pitches both fully floodlit. Although originally designed for purely hockey use, they are now available for use as training grounds for most sports and come complete with either hockey or 5-a-side football goals on each pitch.

Cricket Grounds

We have two cricket pitches located on the Garrison with the major pitch being a county class wicket. Both pitches share the facilities of the beautiful Army cricket pavilion which has stunning views over both pitches. This is a great venue for both cricket matches and also for meetings and conferences.

Garretts Clubhouse

Queens Avenue, Aldershot GU11 2TD Tel Mil: 94222 2359 or Civ: 01252 347359

The Garretts Clubhouse on Queens Avenue in Aldershot is part of the Sodexo leisure and retail group. The facility forms part of the Aldershot Military Stadium complex and has been operating for a number of years providing a wide range of services including wedding receptions, official military sports teas, unit social functions and civilian organised events.

Facilities include a licensed bar and seating for 80 people for catered dining and up to 120 people for buffet style dining. The clubhouse has a dance floor and bookings for a disco can be arranged.

The relaxed atmosphere in the lounge area makes it an ideal venue to visit after any sporting event at the Aldershot Military Stadium.

The clubhouse welcomes bookings from both the military and the civilian community.

Garrison Facilities for Hire

There are a wide range of facilities available within Aldershot Garrison that can be booked for use by units, groups and individuals. The rules covering the booking and use of facilities vary greatly depending on a number of factors.

As a general rule:

1. All events that are not purely military or which involve third parties (for example entertainers, food outlets etc.) who are not military, will require some kind of licensing from ASPIRE who manage the Aldershot Garrison estate for the MoD.

2. Any activity that is a business or for which the organiser receives benefits (for example fitness classes) will require a license, third party liability insurance and risk assessments.

3. All events will require some form of public liability insurance, to a maximum of £5 million, and probably other insurances as well.

4. Risk assessments will also be required for events and individual elements within events (such as bouncy castles, slides etc.) before events are licensed.

5. A booking form will need to be completed for all events using the Garrison estate.

The process to acquire a license is not a difficult one and Garrison HQ can make it as painless as possible provided it knows about an event in good time. For more information or to start the process for a license please contact:

For Licence Application

Gail Norris


Aspire Defence Services Limited

Tel: 01252 353182

Mob: 07795 450468


For Direct Military Support

SO2 Engagement, HQ Aldershot Garrison Tel Mil: 94222 3207

Military Clubs and Organisations

Hawley Lake Sailing Training Centre

Gibraltar Barracks, Blackwater GU17 9LP

Tel: 01252 863341

An Army Sailing Association (ASA) water-sports club open to both military personnel and civilians. It is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre which means that they can offer certified tuition and nationally recognised qualifications in sailing, powerboating and windsurfing. They also offer membership to the club with racing and events included and the option to berth your own boats or use the club boats.

Aldershot Garrison Angling Club

The club is open to serving members and dependants of HM Forces who reside within a 50 mile radius of the Garrison. Point of contact for membership applications:

Bourley Fly Fishing Club

For details of all facilities available locally, contact the Secretary Maj Nigel Taylor Tel: 01252 347018

The Environment Agency has information on fishing locations, bylaws and licences. For information visit:

Sandhurst and Aldershot Beagles

Soldiers and their families can hunt on a Wednesday or Saturday, charges vary. For more details Tel: 01252 624625

Clay Pigeon Club

The club shoots on the first Sunday of each month starting at 1000 hrs and every Wednesday evening from 1700 hrs during the summer months (April to September).

The location of the shoot is to the rear of the assault course/30m range area of the top training ground at Gibraltar Barracks in Minley. Prices on application include 50 cartridges, clays and club guns. Spouses, partners, and children are welcome. For further details contact WO1 Dunfod.

Tel: 0785 906 5346 or Cpl McCormack Tel: 07854089099

Gibraltar Bks Clay Shooting Club

Gibraltar Barracks, Camberley, Surrey GU17 9LP

Opening hours: Every first Sunday of the month (1000-1300 hrs) and every Wed evening from Apr to Sep (1700-2000 hrs)

Contact WO1 (SMI) Bob Dunford on 07859065346 or Cpl McCormack 07854089099

Bramley Game Shooting Syndicate

Bramley Training Area, Tadley, Basingstoke, Hants RG26 5BQ

Contact WO1 (SMI) Bob Dunford on 94 222 7183 / 01252 787183 for further details.

St Omer Barracks Physical and Recreation Training Centre (P&RTC)

St Omer Barracks, Aldershot GU11 2BG Tel: 01252 340201/340202

Facilities include: A cardiovascular fitness suite, a weights room, squash courts, a sports hall and an outdoor 3G pitch.

Bourley Fly Fishing Club

Bourley Fly Fishing Club is situated near Tweseldown and provides members and veterans of the Armed Forces and their dependents with affordable trout fly fishing on 7 acres of lakes. Season runs from the 1st Apr to the end of Feb. Discounts given to servicemen joining mid season and rebates for operational tours or postings. Contact:

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