Almost 50% of members are juniors, also more than 100 junior members in our 3 satellite clubs and over 1000 in our after-school clubs and deliver all the county junior squad activities. (Jan 2016)
Quality junior participation through delivery of open community sessions at recreation centres, holiday camps, fetes and school programmes, progressing through junior focused beginners courses, improvers workshops, Development Centres and practice sessions having highly skilled coaches, suitable equipment and junior focused games/challenges. All bow types catered for.
Focus on team building, getting juniors working together but also developing their independence, supporting them to organise social events/competitions. Supporting Junior Facebook group. Developing young coaches/field captains.
Support juniors from age 5 through ‘Arrows’ activities, Bambies Club and Inclusion Club, which also cater for siblings/carers.
Key skill of the coaches/committee is recognising when they need space, letting junior groups use the field course, congregating socially at practice sessions, supporting D. of E. or creating fun challenges.
Develop the whole person not just the archer, so support includes opportunities working in the community, fundraising, delivering have-a-goes, working in teams, facilitation to become leaders and coaching assistants and join the club management committee. Winning numerous community awards.
Outstanding track record wrt technical support, for performance and recreation archers, our juniors winning national titles, international medals for GB etc. Add to this 10 JMB’s and a continuous stream of National Records. This extends to our support for disabled junior archers, with a good number entering record status competitions.
Work in partnership to deliver best L2/3 school games programmes at Primary/Secondary level in UK.
Annual club awards recognise not just best bow types, but young volunteer/coach/clubman.
Many articles in local press. Website monthly members achievement page. Schools informed of pupil achievements.
Run AGB Achievement Badges and Classification Programmes, which are presented at practice or social events.
In November 2012 we became one of a very few select clubs in the UK to have been awarded the
‘Young People’ Specialism!
We are so committed to improving what we do to support the development of young people that in addition to the Specialism we are also a ClubMark Club and in October 2013 successfully resubmitted our application on the 3 year cycle.
We are proud to say we lead the way not just in the performance of our juniors but in participation levels from recreational to performance! Not just shooting arrows but in the way our juniors support their community!
With 50% of our members juniors, our main membership feed coming from our after-school club pyramid system, a third of our coaches being under 30, running the County Junior Indoor & Outdoor Championships, managing the County Junior Squad and currently having more junior members than the rest of the county clubs added together, we have no excuses for not meeting the criteria!
The criteria are;
- The club openly advertises opportunities for young people to participate in archery.
- The club activities do not exclude young people if their parents/guardians are unable to attend.
- On at least a weekly basis the club provided specific training sessions for young people.
- The club actively seeks to recruit and retain young people by providing a varied and appropriate shooting programme.
- The contribution of the role that young people can play in the running of the club is recognized and varied.
- The club understands the issues around working with young people and provides an appropriate environment for young people tom learn and socialize.
- The club demonstrates a commitment to, and is mindful, of the obligations to the welfare of young people.
- The club is able to identify barriers and works to find solutions through a plan of action.
Juniors are at the heart of our club!