Last week saw us break the 300 barrier for footfall at club sessions in a single week! With a virtual array of activities including multiple indoor practice sessions at 4 venues, outdoor practice sessions at our ground, field mini League, clout practice, beginners and improvers sessions. Men-in-sheds and even a record attendance for our Short Mat Bowls section all added up to more than 300.
This figure did not include our volunteer workforce visits to help with maintenance. We are seeing increases at all venues!
We monitor attendance as a key measure of the quality of experience we offer, so we are doing ok at the moment but there is certainly still room for improvement!
The week before last we held one of our Laser Tag evenings, again a record attendance of 30 competing in 3 games. At the last event 2 of the top 3 individual positions were claimed by ladies, this time Simon, Kieran and Kevin redressed the balance!
Next week we have our inaugural Ninja Warriors evening again well subscribed.
We also have a Management Meeting on the same evening as our Bowls Section so they have taken the opportunity to arrange a friendly away match in the Forrest against an established team. This will be a useful gauge to see how far we have to go to become really competitive.
This coming Saturday Erin Prior is running a club funded workshop entitled ‘Conversations for the Journey’. This workshop is designed to give sports-parents and coaches an opportunity to share their challenges and learn how they can best support their young athlete. Again fully subscribed!
Followed a week later by our Annual Inclusion Shoot sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which is almost fully booked. We are honoured to be hosting many of this year’s Invictus Games GB representatives which will be taking place in The Hague, Netherlands during May. Their support for this event, aimed at promoting inclusive competition, is much appreciated.
Over the weekend 5 of our members were shooting in Nimes in the World Series, with Grace Chappell and Chloe both doing well progressing to the round of 8 finishing 5th and 7th respectively. Alex Parker age 13, competing in the under 21’s beat last years score by 20 points, using a bow he has been shooting for just a week and finishing 59th! This experience will be invaluable to his future development.
Ella Gibson finished 17th and Phoebe Pine 62nd.
In 2 weeks we hold a ‘Deer Park does Vegas’ Club Target Competition.
9 members are in Las Vegas that week, at the World Archery Series with Ella and Kieran shooting, along with over 3500 other archers in the world’s biggest indoor event!
Tournament Control Centre almost complete!
Thanks to a generous donation funding much of the cost and our talented self-build volunteers with a donation of furniture from a local company our new Control Centre is nearing completion. This addition to our facilities will improve the tournament and club target day experience we are able to offer.
Not everything is running smoothly, the past few week’s heavy rain, washed away a number of our field course bridges. Temporary repairs were made in time for last weekend’s event. We are now significantly changing the design of the bridges, casting reinforced concrete pillars and increasing their height.