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Club History

Club History

The formation of the Borough of Rushmoor in 1974 represents a point in the Club's history from which the present era for RRSC may be considered to have begun.

Local Government reorganisation saw the merger of Farnborough Urban District Council and the Borough of Aldershot to form the Borough of Rushmoor. At that time the major competitive speed swimming club in North East Hampshire was the Aldershot Garrison and Town Swimming Club which had been formed in 1960 by the Army in Aldershot joining with the Aldershot Swimming and Diving Club whose history can be traced back to 1934.

The Chief Coach at that time was Tom Kennedy, formerly of the Army Physical Training Corps and an outstanding swimming teacher. The Club's headquarters was at the Command Baths, Queens Avenue, Aldershot and the Commandant of the Army School of Physical Training became the President of the Club.

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North Camp Gymnasium and Swimming Baths in 1905

In 1975 the name of the Club was changed to Rushmoor Royals to reflect the name of the new Borough and the Headquarters was moved to the new pool at Farnborough. On the change of name the Commandant of the Army Physical Training School ceased to hold the office of President and Mr J Hamer who had had a long association with the old club and whose daughter had swum for the Club became the first President of Rushmoor Royals. The Chairman was Lt. Col. Eric Ransley and Sydney Butler the Chief Coach.

Both the old and new clubs have used many pools in the area so 1982 was a sad year when the Command Baths was closed due to serious structural faults.

The Club and its forbears have had many distinguished swimmers, just one being Lisa Peale who was National Age Group Backstroke Champion in 1969. In 1974 the McGuire family, who swam with the old club, presented a trophy to the Club before they returned to America. Sydney Butler drew up the conditions for the award of this trophy and soon afterwards the club introduced the Junior McGuire trophy in addition. In 1981 Lt. Col. Eric Ransley who had served the Club for many years became the first Hampshire President to come from the Club. Brian Welch, Margaret Ostler and Mike Page were similarly honoured in 1985, 1995 and 2005 respectively; Mike Page was also Hampshire Treasurer for 5 years.

Rushmoor Royals has a long and distinguished history of being a strong competitive swimming club, and a strong performance based future lies ahead.