Official Opening of our Club House and Training Centre

On Sunday 15th September we officially opened our wonderful facility and also took the opportunity to open our new terracing, Boule Courts and Adapted Kit Play Area.

On behalf of our Chairman Steve Howse, who was unavailable due to family commitments, our Finance Director Kate Lawton, following the welcoming of our VIP’s and guests, gave an excellent overview of our journey so far and our plans for the future.

Kate Lawton - Finance Director delivering the opening speech.
Kate Lawton – Finance Director delivering the opening speech.

This was followed by a formal cutting of the ribbon by Counsellor Robert Vines and 2 of our juniors who were recognised at last year’s Annual Awards for their contribution to our club and our sport. Kieran Macey was Junior Club Person of the year and Chloe A’Bear was Victrix Ludorum winner.

Excellent support for our opening.
Excellent support for our opening.

We were pleased to host representatives from many of the Trusts and Companies that have helped us to achieve so much and to welcome back some of those that helped with the formation of the club more than 20 years ago.

In addition to the opportunity to have a go, try the Boule, try the adapted kit fun area, watch field, Clout and target archery demonstrations there was also the opportunity to enjoy some refreshments, to visit our ‘Men in Sheds’ Workshop and see a photo exhibition of our journey so far.

Great workshop for our men-in-sheds section.
Great workshop for our men-in-sheds section.

Kate was keen to highlight our intention to continue to be a leader in our sport and to improve the experience we are able to offer our members and our community.

The following pictures hopefully capture some of the day and of our facilities.

Boule Courts and rest area, new facility.
Boule Courts and rest area, new facility.
Our new Adapted Kit play Area funded by Tescos.
Our new Adapted Kit play Area funded by Tescos.
An amazing field course being constantly developed and extended.
An amazing field course being constantly developed and extended.
Wonderful grassed safety zone, part of which is to be planted with a meadow flower mix.
Wonderful grassed safety zone, part of which is to be planted with a meadow flower mix.
Our own badger set and 6 species of bat.
Our own badger set and 6 species of bat.
Now used as a hedgehog release area.
Now used as a hedgehog release area.
30 wheeled bosses a feature of the range.
30 wheeled bosses a feature of the range.
Fully accessible and socially inclusive terracing area.
Fully accessible and socially inclusive terracing area.
Well used kitchen.
Well used kitchen.
Multipurpose social and shooting area.
Multipurpose social and shooting area.
Short Mat Bowls Section
Short Mat Bowls Section
Our own clout range.
Our own clout range.

A big thank you to Archery GB!

Our 2019 Gloucestershire Primary School Games winning team, Saperton, were invited to visit Lilleshall and get to shoot alongside the Worshipful Company of Fletchers Disability Championships.

 

sapperton visit

They also got to visit the Performance Unit and were hosted by Naomi Folkard  and Coach Dan Gill from Xperience Archery.

Shown around the Performance Unit.
Shown around the Performance Unit.

Sapperton won the title beating more than 120 Primary schools in the process, I know this gesture was greatly appreciated!

GWAS Junior Inter-Counties Championships

 

Last Saturday we are pleased to announce that despite fielding the least experienced team for many years, Gloucestershire still managed to retain the overall title, also winning the Recurve, Compound and Barebow Titles! Well done to all those involved!

 

Another win for Gloucestershire
Another win for Gloucestershire