We are pleased to announce that through our partnership with Business in the Community (The Prince’s Responsible Business Network) that we will be the beneficiary of support from between 35 & 40 Engineers across a range of tasks at our ground. This will include building bridges and steps for our field course, helping us to convert all our bosses to a wheeled design, constructing a field captains platform and some general painting. During the day we will be providing an opportunity for all the volunteers to shoot and of course award medals and a trophy for the winners!
We would like to record our thanks in advance for the support given.
Thanks to Martin Hutchings for providing the link to this prestigious magazine, we are hoping to have an article in the July issue!
Temporary Club House
We are putting it to full use, the kitchen area was used to provide all the refreshments for the County Friendly match against Worcestershire and resulted in a healthy profit of £170.
We held our first committee meeting there on the following Tuesday and this also gave Dean Gore a chance to demonstrate his domestic skills.
It was also used to provide refreshments for the teachers, staff and volunteers during a couple of Level 2 District School Games finals held this week.
GL1 Recreation Centre – Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust
We are pleased to report that following meetings with Nick Richards the Sports Manager that our already strong partnership with the recreation centre is going to further strengthen with enhancements to staff training and involvement in local school activities including a relaunch of the GL1 ‘Arrows’ sessions for 5 to 7 year olds (all the previous members have now progressed to the main GL1 Satellite Club). We are also planning to run 2 mid week record status competitions (FITA 25 and Stafford) during the next winter season.
Level 2 District School Games Finals
Over 150 pupils, teachers and supporters visited our ground to participate in 2 District Finals and the venue proved to be excellent. On the Monday, High School for Girls, the defending County Champions and one of our Satellite Clubs, stormed to the County Finals but there were excellent performances from Ribston Hall (who may still qualify as best District Final losers) and Gloucester Academy.
The following day saw 8 teams of 9 Primary School Pupils competing for just a single place in the County Finals and reigning champions Hillview Primary School just saw off Hempstead to secure the place.
A big thank you to all the club volunteers who supported these events, where we took the opportunity to publicise the Archery GB Big Weekend and our Open Community sessions on Saturday afternoons.
Double Bronze for Dave!
Dave Sandles returned from the Invictus Games in the USA with 2 Bronze medals. Dave who was one of the coaches supporting our incredibly successful Archery Team but actually won the medals in hand cycling another one of his passions! Well done to Dave and thank you for bringing his medals along to practice.
The Evesham National Series Stage 1 & 2 (Senior event) saw some excellent performances and top 10 finishes from Tom & James Howse and Lucy Mason. Congratulations to James on finishing top in the Stage 1 Qualification Round and for an excellent day 1 from Tom shooting recurve. We also need to give a special mention to one of our juniors, Holy Clifford shooting for the first time at this level and acquitting herself so well.
On the same weekend It was also the more local Black and Gold Tournament which saw a number of our archers competing, some highlights of which saw John Dalton winning the gents York Barebow and recording another MB score, Will Gore finishing 1st – 1110 (new Pb by 117), Josh Uzzle now shooting compound and continuing his rapid improvement finishing 1st with 1228 and Rachel Lucas winning her National Barebow Round with 538 a new regional record and equaling the national record.
County Friendly against Worcestershire
As mentioned in a previous report our County Juniors again swayed the overall result in Gloucestershire’s favour and that was not just the Deer Park juniors so well done to them all. From our juniors there were excellent performances from Riley Spencer-Nice recording 1160 shooting above his age, Ella Gibson shooting Barebow with 1022 and inflicting a rare defeat on Rachel Lucas, Holy Clifford with 1284 and Fin Cummings with 1178. From the seniors well done to Lynn Benfield for winning the Ladies Longbow.
Club General Meeting
As a condition of being awarded grants from the Environmental Trust, we agreed to change Deer Park Archers Limited Articles of Association to safeguard the Trust’s funds from being distributed to our members. We also delayed these changes just in case Sport England wanted a similar change made as a condition of the award of their grants.
To make a change to the Company’s Articles of Association requires a Special Resolution to be passed at a General Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 7th June at the ground at 7:30pm. All the required documentation has been circulated.