A lot going on!
So much going on so just a few highlights, the common themes for many of our activities is the contribution of volunteers, the role we play in the community, the willingness of members to compete and to try new things to help us continue to move forward. Our teamwork will need to be at its best to ensure we succeed on all fronts!
Well done to our Car Boot Sale Team!
Well done to our team on Sunday for all their hard work raising funds towards the purchase of our new ground. A recent internal email asking members to stop contributing items as the team were being flooded with donations means we can all feel that we have contributed to the success.
Thanks to the promise of so many contributions the team has decided to organize a jumble sale, so watch this space we will need lots of items and certainly many more volunteers to help on the day!
Sunday saw the annual Funfest community event at Robinswood Hill Country Park organized by Gloucester City Council. Our team of volunteers had never ending queues throughout the event which started at 11am. A special thanks to Martin, Page, Liza, Sophie, Dan & Steph for their hard work. This is a very well run event and was certainly well attended by the public so it was a great opportunity to promote our sport, we even hosted a quick competition between the Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester and some of their entourage!
The 10 week pilot programme at Leisure @ where we host a number of Day Care centres is running incredibly well, running at capacity and the progress all the participants are making is amazing. We had a competition this week and the finalists are pictured below. A special thanks to Ciaran who has been helping at recent sessions. This pilot programme will complete later this month and it has clearly demonstrated the potential benefits to all the participants.
Level 1 Coaching Course Dates are fixed.
We have fixed the dates for a Level 1 coaching course, which will be funded by an Archery GB Grant to help us develop the levels of participation and performance of archers with disabilities. The dates are 27th October, 10th November, 24th November & 19th January.
It is hoped that this will be the first of 2 coaching courses as we have also applied to the ‘Awards for All Programme’ for support to allow us to 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.
We have fixed dates for the indoor competitions we are running during the 2013/14 winter season and are as follows;
- Non Record Status Club Portsmouth (Will be run formally to give members a chance to experience competition etc) – Will be limited to 72 entries from club members. Sunday 13th October.
- Record Status Portsmouth – County Junior Championships – Sunday 1st December at Balcarras.
- Sunday 23rd February – Record Status Deer Park Archers Inclusion FITA 18 at Cheltenham Leisure Centre.
- Record Status Deer Park Archers Annual Double Bray 1 – Sunday 23rd March at Balcarras.
Well done to Kevin!
Kevin competed in the Annual GNAM Meeting last week and broke the Double York County Barebow record winning a Gilt Spider and recording 1345!
Good Luck to all our Juniors
21 of our juniors head off to Lilleshall this weekend to compete in the National Junior Championships, good luck to each of them and enjoy the experience. A full report on Monday.
Talent ID Programme
Good luck to Melisa, Chloe, Katherine, Anna, Theo, Will, Austin, Ciaran & Riley who will be attending the above programme on the 27th/28th July.
Lucy Mason has been selected to represent England at the Euro Nations competition taking place in Scotland later this year! Well done and certainly deserved! Lucy becomes the 3rd Deer Park Junior to represent England!
Current round of Beginners/Improvers Courses near completion.
14 participants have just a field course experience and a visit to Wales Archery to complete their 12 week programme and will be ready to join the club. Invitations have been sent out to register for the next programme commencing in September.
Martin Tucker is appointed Club Safety Officer with immediate effect. A big thank you to all those that applied.
Christine Anderton has taken the lead role on structuring the club to meet all the requirements of becoming a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) and to assumed responsibility for our Gift Aid Programme.
Just a reminder that we are still meeting on Wednesday evenings from 6pm although Wednesdays are a no loan equipment day.