Preparation by many schools started in September (2014) with weekly practice sessions. One new trend is the bigger after-school and lunch time clubs (plus some primary schools running in curriculum sessions). Many school clubs have more than 60 members and growing! There also seems to be a lot more year 7’s in 2015, many having tried archery at their primary school with us and wanting to continue!
During 2014, 29 of our members supported more than 200 school sessions at both primary and secondary level. Support ranged from 1 to 10 club members at each session depending on the location and size of the school activity. Duration of sessions ranged from 1 to 11/2 hours. For District and County Finals the number of members supporting the event was considerably higher. All support is voluntary to the Schools Programme and Xperience Archery.
The biggest to date, with so many entries that in a number of cases District Finals had to 2 separate sessions of 10 teams with only 1 from each group qualifying!
The County Finals were at Hartpury College and was a fantastic day and the results were fiercely contested and in the balance right up until the last arrow!
There were actually 2 finals, one for the Genesis bows and one for the ‘Arrows kit’.
Entries were again up and both the district and county finals were well contested and the event was again hosted by Hartpury College. The top 3 positions were fairly predictable but not the order they finished in, with our latest addition to our Satellite Clubs, HSG becoming the first all girls team to win the competition! Archway School, where we have been running an after-school club the longest and another Satelitte Club, Balcarras being the other medal winners. The standard was very high and 2016 should be really tough. 2015 saw the last time we will include an individual competition and allow personal equipment to be used, we want to focus on participation and teamwork.