Can we do more? Are we doing more? The answer to both questions is yes! We know our impact is still minimal when you look at the big picture but we are doing our best. The help that the Worshipful Company of Fletchers is providing is great and they are facilitating an expansion of this model across the regions!
Are all clubs doing enough? Are other clubs doing more? Best to leave individual clubs to answer these questions, however with the current levels of engagement, quality of experience being offered etc doing enough is not enough if things really are to change.
The focal point of our efforts is inevitably around our Inclusion shoot, however the real work is practical participation, ability to accommodate, adapt, integrate, participate, support, communicate etc etc. So looking good at this tournament is important gloss, its effectiveness relies on preparation, primer and undercoat. Much of this simply does not happen at present!
Once again participant numbers grew, we become even more indebted to the Worship Company of Fletchers for their sponsorship support.
Our Annual Inclusion Shoot was over subscribed for the first time and the feedback from the event was 5* !
A member broke more European and World Records!
We recognise that this event is simply a show piece for our efforts across the year, there is still a long way to go but we are trying to lead the charge! The ultimate aim is no special events, fully integrated etc.
There are lots of areas we need to continue to develop: Our facilities, our equipment, our coaches, our tournaments, our social activities
Our Annual Inclusion WA18(Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Fletchers) goes from strength to strength with the 5th one planned for February 2018.
Our membership of those with disabilities is now just over 10% and the percentage of coaches with a disability is much higher than 10%. We have archers on most stages of the Development Pathway from recreational to World Record Holders!
We work with a number of specialist disability groups including Allsorts, Active Gloucestershire and a number of specialist schools.
We established a weekly Inclusion Club with more than 20 regular members and the expertise of many of our coaches has grown significantly. 2 members are members of the Archery GB Disability Advisory Committee, we have our first member in the Paralympic Development Squad (Now funded through TASS). We run one of the biggest annual record status indoor shoots in the UK targeting those with Impairments and running it as an Inclusion Shoot. We are looking to offer a mobility friendly field course and are currently applying for a grant to install a solid shooting line at our new ground. We are also currently purchasing some additional specialist equipment to support those with disabilities.
The end of the year seemed like a good time to review our progress in developing our work in the active Inclusion Community and the development of our Inclusion Club. A summary of some key points is shown below, certainly not perfect, lots to do in 2014 but the great thing is that we are clearer on how to do it, the areas we need to strengthen and have certainly increased our knowledge and experience during 2013 and therefore we are more confident in the support we can provide!
Achieved funding from 2 sources to help deliver our projects.
Started two Level 1 Coaching Courses (24 participants) with a big emphasis on inclusion of those with both physical and SEN disabilities.
Purchased equipment to support the programmes
Organised a Record Status Inclusion Competition
Delivered a workshop to coaches on Inclusion
Delivered numerous ‘have-a-go’ sessions to specialist disability groups.
Running a weekly open Inclusion Club.
Launched our own Inclusion Club and continuing to expand membership.
Set up a network to gain access to more remote disability groups.
Arranged programmes in specialist schools for 2014
Linked in to ‘DADS’ project
2 Club Members joined the Archery GB Development Working Group to develop participation of those with a disability.
Booked 4 members on a 1 day ‘Pass it on’ workshop (Jan 2014) with a view to developing our own programme for mid 2014.
Great news on this front, one of our disability projects Archery GB have awarded us £7000 to help us achieve our aims of increasing participation of individuals with either physical or Special Educational Needs and offering, a Paralympic Pathway. Active Gloucestershire have also successfully supported us making an application for almost £10,000 for an ‘Awards for All’ Project which will deliver a new programme of activities that will aim to improve the health of young people and adults with physical and learning impairments, through using archery as an engagement tool. There is no overlap between these two projects however they certainly mutually beneficial and both will require a significant increase in the number of coaches required to sustain the activity. We are going to run 2 Level 1 Courses starting mid November.
Dave Sandles our Club Disability Advisor will be busy over the next 12 months!
We are also planning a Record Status FITA 18 Competition in February at Leisure @ for those with Disabilities and are inviting the Paralympic Squad to participate.
We ran weekly targeted ‘have-a-go’ sessions at venues around Gloucestershire and run an open Inclusion club at Balcarras School Sports Hall every Saturday afternoon, all were welcome. The cost was free!
Wow, impressive shooting at practice!