A big club, lots of things going on and a constant challenge to keep members fully informed, so the website blog is just one of the ways to summarise the highlights. It also gives us a chance to share our experiences with others interested in our sport!
The Summerfield Charitable Trust
A big thank you to the Summerfield Trust for the grant they have generously awarded to us as a donation towards the purchase of a piece of land off the Shurdington Road. Together with the considerable funds we have raised over the past 6 months it puts us in a strong position to finance the purchase!
Again, thank you to the Summerfield Trust for their much appreciated support!
We are proud to announce that we have been successful in our application to be re-accredited for ClubMark following a visit from Archery GB representatives last month. This compliments our 3 Ontarget Specialisms of ‘Community, Young People & Performance’ and is a great indicator of the health and standing of our club!
FITA18 Inclusion Shoot
We will be holding the first National Inclusion Archery event open to archers with all types of disabilites on 23rd February at Cheltenham Recreation Centre.
This will include the British Wheelchair Archery Association Indoor Championships.
This is an open tournament so all members of Archery GB can enter.
The aim of this tournament is to encourage more archers with a disability into competition and is complimentary to our 2 Lottery & Archery GB funded projects to develop our sport for those with a wide range of disabilities.
The afternoon session is full however there are still places available on the morning session.
We have been developing our coaches to support many types of ability.
We have been attending many types of courses & workshops
Barebow Kev’s Sponsored Iron Man Challenge
To raise funds for the club, Kev Sutherland is going to attempt what we believe is a UK first by shooting 4 different bow types during the day! He will shoot details A & D in the morning using Barebow and Longbow and then repeat the afternoon session shooting Recurve and Compound, yes 20 dozen arrows! Members can sponsor him on the basis of a set amount or per point. We wish him good luck!
Archery GB November Challenge
The results are out, good news for many of our members with 7 winning their category, 4 seconds & 2 thirds! All will receive inscribed salvers from Archery GB.
This is a creditable performance with over 580 entries in 32 categories with our club entering 30 members and congratulations should go to all those that entered and to archery GB for organizing the event.
The 7 winners were; Alfie Wilkes, James Howse, Riley Spencer-Nice, Nicole Deasy, Sashi Bush, Izzy Henry & Hamish Ponton.
Seconds were Tom Howse, Lucy Mason, Paige Tucker & Chloe A’Bear with Fin Cummins & Callum Fraser picking up 3rds.
GB Junior Compound Squad
6 of the 19 squad members who met over the weekend at Lilleshall were Deer Park members. Feedback was that it was time well spent, so well done to the organizers and to the parents who spent the weekend at Lilleshall.
County Junior Squad
We hosted and ran a County Junior Squad Training session on the Sunday afternoon which was built around a Sports Psychology workshop, a 3 dozen qualification round followed by two groups of Round Robin matches. There was also a focus on warming up routines where there is certainly room for improvement!
A Sports Psychology Workshop proceeded the Junior Squad event aimed at coaches and senior archers.
Record attendance at Kingshill!
Kingshill has traditionally been the quietest of our venues but numbers have been slowly increasing, boosted by some of our newer members, last week saw the highest attendance to date!
We should all be proud of the way that new members have integrated into the club over the past few weeks, both socially and in how well they are shooting. The idea of a beginners course followed immediately by an improvers programme is certainly working well.
There are still a couple of places left for the club Double Bray taking place on the 23rd March at Balcarras, entry form here.
It’s not too late to get your entry in for the Gloucestershire Senior Indoor Championships taking place on the 9th March at GL1, juniors are also encouraged to enter! Let’s make it another fantastic Deer Park day and support the county. Entry form available from www.glosarchery.co.uk.
Juniors need to get their entries in asap for both the National and Regional Championships taking place in July. Entry form for the British Junior Championships is available on the Archery GB website and the Regionals on the GWAS website.
GWAS Postal League
We continue to enter many of our juniors and currently lead in 23 out of the 37 categories. Our strength in depth shows with all 5 of our teams leading in their age group categories! This is an excellent activity run by Grand Western and encourages juniors to have a go at competition and do something different at practice sessions!
Various roles of the Club Safety Officer!
Martin taking a short break from filling out incident report forms, field captaining and risk assessments to learn a new skill that he could also use at home!
In all seriousness Martin is doing a great job for the Club, attending most sessions, looking after the various duties of a Safety Officer, doing his Level 1 Coaching Course, helping with equipment maintenance and his shooting is improving at a fast rate!