Deer Park Bambies
Following very successful trials during the summer the Club has launched it’s ‘Bambies’ section which will be built around the highly successful Archery GB ‘Arrows’ kit. It is anticipated that members will be joining from 5 years old and the weekly club will provide all round development fun activities and participants will feed in to our existing junior club at the appropriate time, anticipated to be around 8 years old.
The summer holiday camps and trials at Leisure @ have clearly demonstrated the need and also proved that we have the skills to deliver!
This initiative is very timely as earlier in September we agreed with Active Gloucestershire to support the Primary School Games (trialed last year) and run Finals Days for the 5 Districts, each involving 10 Primary Schools. There will be a Level 3 final at Hartpury College.
Deer Park Inclusion Club Formed
As of the 1st October Deer Park will have its first tranche of members to this new section of the Club. Dave Sandles the Club’s Disability Advisor, is leading a series of initiatives to develop the levels of participation in archery for a range of people with both physical and educational needs.
The Club was recently awarded a significant grant from Archery GB targeted at increasing participation, improving the development pathways and infrastructure to encourage participation and to support the development of archers targeting Paralympics success.
The Club has also applied for an ‘Awards for All Grant’ to help them deliver a new programme of activities that will aim to improve the health of young people and adults with physical and learning impairments, through utilizing archery as an engagement tool. This programme would seeking to initiate the formation of regular sessions at clubs and recreation centres and develop a pool of coaches, volunteers and expertise to ensure the sustainability of the initiative.
Cheltenham Archers 2 Way Western
We are pleased to report that following all our juniors successes on the Saturday, some of the seniors continued it by doing well at this annual event held on the racecourse. Martin Hutchings was first, Ian Pearce was second and there was also an excellent performance from John Craigie.
3 of the 4 longbows (Martin, John & Lynn) representing Gloucestershire next weekend in the GWAS Inter-Counties Competition are from Deer Park!