Last week saw the start of the 2018 Gloucestershire School Games which along with Xperience Archery we run on behalf of Active Gloucestershire.
More than 130 schools will compete at primary and secondary school level during the year in teams of 9 and 12 respectively. During the year more than 1500 pupils will have had the opportunity to try archery!
In some districts as many as 24 schools will compete for just a single place in the finals which take place at Hartpury college over 2 days in June.
The first Secondary district final saw Kingshill and Stroud High both qualifying in an incredibly close match which saw KLB edged out by a single point losing their qualifying position on the last end by a single point!
In the first of 5 primary school Stroud district events Callowell took the first 3 positions (they run a school archery club, coached by 2 of our club coaches who are teachers at the school!), that said this was still an impressive performance. However, qualification confirmation will not be until May 15th when other scores are confirmed from the remaining Stroud events.
Immediately after the Easter School holidays KLB will host a Primary School Double Level 2 event with 16 Primary Schools with teams of 9 fighting it out for a place in the County Finals. We are going to record highlights of this event and post them on YouTube!
In the meantime, all 32 school team places have been snapped up in the Cotswold District and this still fails to meet the demand!
There will now be a total of 21 district events over the next couple of months all supported by Deer Park Coaches.
Field Captains Course
On 3rd, 4th and 6th April, workshops will be held at the ground to educate more members and relations to be able to help as Field Captain duties on club practice sessions. With such large numbers at practice sessions it is often necessary to have 2 in operation. Likewise, for the open community sessions.
As part of an exercise to prepare a portfolio of club achievements to support our commercial sponsorship activities we are pulling together a number of summaries and that is producing some interesting reading and resurrecting some great memories.
No less than 24 members have become British Age Group Champions (many multiple times) and 3 in 2 different bow types!
18 different members have broken National Records, again many of them multiple times, not to mention European and World Records!