No its not British Records this time but Club attendances at practice and club target days and coaching hours committed to supporting archer development.
Yes we know we are very well attended at our bigger indoor venues but one of our smallest venues, Shurdington Village Hall is also becoming increasingly popular with 2 sessions to choose from, more than 20 archers and coaches attended the first evening session and 15 in the second session of the evening.
The 2 Club Target Shoots in January have both been filled quickly through the online booking system and we have had to add an additional boss to accommodate the demand!
Our Record Status FITA18 Para Shoot is also attracting great interest and at this stage we are way ahead of last years booking pattern.
In January we have delivered two workshops, one for the club juniors and the other for the County Junior Squad, which took place yesterday.
The Club development squad training was for 20 archers. The 4 hour County junior squad training also for 20 archers included a 1 hour psychology session, plus equipment maintenance and 1-2-1 coaching with 6 coaches in attendance.
Not to forget the fun team challenges to ensure the county has a well drilled team ready for the Inter-Counties Competition.
In addition to the above our commitment to coaching and giving access to our sport is well illustrated with this summary of our shooting activities during January:
We delivered 40 hours of coach supported practice session for our members, with a further four hours of Improvers Sessions.
4 hours of Inclusion Club Practice Sessions, 2 hours of personal development planning and 5 hours of coach mentoring.
Add to this for members, a field course shoot, a clout and 2 half day club target competitions and the over run of our 5 head-2-head leagues and you get a real feel for what we are doing.
Club coaches also delivered 5 open community sessions and worked with Xperience Archery to deliver 72 hours of archery to schools, 7 during school time and 5 after-school clubs involving 325 children, 100 of whom are in our 3 satellite clubs!
Not to forget that Xperience Archery started 3 Beginners Courses for 30 people as well also supported by our coaches.
On average the weekly cost to our members is £3 for up to 10 hours of coach supported practice sessions with a further £3 for attending a full mock competition, giving access to excellent indoor facilities and a warm, friendly and supportive environment.
Building Work Update
Some work will begin in the next week laying water pipes from the ground to the main road.
The main construction work will take place between the 15th February and the 21st March.
We now have a full cost estimate for the next phase of our project, which is the permanent clubhouse, this will provide us with essential information when applying to funders.