We are continuing to be successful on all fronts. Some great performances at last weekend’s European Archery Festival, a number of well received community events and one reported in the local press, some record attendances at open practice sessions and hopefully a successful visit from Archery GB to renew our ClubMark Status at the end of another 3 year period!
Our initial training workshops/meetings to develop our support team for the Club’s new ‘Bambies’ section (5-7 year olds) will complete this Saturday and new Beginners Courses commence Friday/Monday as does a more intensive Improvers Programme.
Day 3 of our second Level 1 Coaching Courses (we are running 2 at the moment) takes place this Sunday. The 2 Assessment days take place in March.
We have had an excellent response from members to enter the Archery GB January Challenge and Steph will pull all those scores together and submit enbloc to Archery GB in the next week. A special mention to Barebow Kev who has recorded scores in 3 different categories!
All the December/January scores for the GWAS Junior Postal League have been recorded and a meeting of the Fundraising Committee have set out a number of activities for the next few months aimed at not just raising funds but ensuring some good social activity in the process. We have also entered 2 teams (Junior & Senior) in the Swimarathon in March which raises money for local charities and the club.
Lots of positives but we still have many challenges, in the short term we have a lot of work to do to promote our Inaugural Annual Inclusion Shoot which is a FITA18 Record Status event that will take place on the 23rd February, we still need more entries especially from other Gloucestershire Archers. Dave Sandles our Inclusion Officer and Tournament Organiser has also commissioned some badges (Cloth and Metal) and these are now on sale!
European Festival of Archery – World Cup Stage 3
It was our recurves that stole the spotlight at this prestigious event with both Tom Howse and Liza Hadley performing very well, both got through to the Quarter Finals and both were narrowly beaten by the eventual winners! Liza was beaten in a one arrow shoot off after drawing 5-5 and Tom was narrowly beaten 6-4 after leading 4-0.
Our best performance from our compounds was recorded by Ben Humphries returning a qualification score of 570 in an amazingly high standard of compound shooting!
Thank you to Beckie for taking some great photos.
A nice article in the Echo on the Club’s support for the Hexathlon which targets youing people with complex needs. In addition to running a weekly open Inclusion Club, each week we are currently supporting events at Betteridge School for severe learning disabilities and at Tewkesbury where we run a session for members of the Gloucestershire Day Care Centres.
‘Pass it on’ Training
The Club financed Dave, Phoebe, Simon & Roger to attend a 1 day training at Lilleshall as part of our Inclusion Training Programme. An excellent day, lots of learning and the opportunity to work with some top coaches and Paralympic medal winners. We will be using this material to produce our own programme which we will deliver to coaches and clubs across Gloucestershire!