Field Course Making Progress
As you can see from the pictures, real progress is being made. We have been pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the area which has only been revealed as we have cleared paths along Norman’s Brook, which forms the centre piece of our field course.
Slopes of snowdrops, primroses,areas of bluebells and banks of ferns in between areas of dense undergrowth down steep sided slopes will offer a great test of skills in a fantastic setting.
We have arranged an unlimited supply of wood chip to cover the paths and fill the steps. The committee has cleared a budget to cover the cost of steps and the installation of bridges and hand rails. We already have the bosses and 3D targets.
It will be great to get it finished. This is just part of our plan as we are applying for grants to install a course that will provide the opportunity for those with mobility to do a field course and also a solid path for the target range shooting line, which everyone will benefit from. The range has now been marked out.
Urgent Storage Space Required
Last year we had the opportunity to purchase a large kitchen suite made entirely from stainless, including a large gas cooker. Due to development, unfortunately we are about to lose the storage space kindly provided by one of our members, so we are appealing to see if anyone can help until the end if the year? Please let us know.
Progress on the New Ground
The installation of the Car Park is about to start! Very large rolls of ground insulation have arrived and Elliot’s , who are graciously supporting the project have allocated resources.
We have identified 41 actions that need completing before we can use the ground, many of these are underway but we will be appealing for help on a number of fronts. We still feel confident that we will be ready to go by the end of March!
Appointment of a Membership Contribution Optimisation Officer (McOO).
We are currently failing to provide all our members with opportunities to contribute towards the day to day running and development of the club and are therefore going to appoint a McOO to lead a small team which will seek to match members skills, knowledge and commitment to opportunities to support the club.
We recognise that if we fail to provide such opportunities and do not encourage and support individuals to find a way to contribute that we are denying them a part of the undoubted satisfaction that comes with making a contribution which does not avail itself with just turning up and shooting arrows!
For the future of the club it is essential that we sustain a culture where contribution is the norm and not the exception!
Sunday 1st March saw a number of big competitions running, we have a few early reports.
Well done to Rachel Lucas, shooting Barebow who broke both the junior and senior National Records for the Vegas Round at Barnstaple. Rachel got 433 smashing both records with the senior record standing at just 271.
Lucy Mason shot well, winning the visitor compound category at the Evesham FITA18, with a score of 561, Phoebe Pine second, and Holly Clifford third. Lucy then went on to score 562 in the afternoon.
County Junior Aspiration Squad
On the Sunday afternoon we designed, delivered and hosted a workshop in support of more than 20 juniors who aspire to become part of the County Junior Team.
Feedback was excellent and there were sessions on Fitness, Nutrition, Psychology, Team Building, warm up/cool down routines and general coaching sessions. Thanks to all the coaches and to Steph and Dan in particular.
As we transfer our activities to our new ground all the necessary insurances have been arranged, risk assessments being produced and security reviewed. We have taken the decision to ‘brand’ all items including bosses, stands etc. One of our members has produced a Branding Iron. We can confirm it is for equipment and not to be used as an identity mark for new members!
Full report to follow after the first match between two of our Satellite Clubs, Balcarras who will field 2 teams and HSG (Denmark Road). The match will use the School Games format with teams of 12 archers and will take place this Thursday. For many of the competitors it will be their first time representing the School. The following week will see the Balcarras Archery House Matches taking place.