We have not updated our news for several weeks, so below is a summary. The reason for this is actually good news, so many things going on at the club that no time to talk about it!
World Field Champs team named.
Congratulations to Lucy Mason who has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Field Archery championships in Dublin from 26th September to the 2nd October. This is another first for Lucy and the Club as last month she became the European Cadet Women Champion in Bucharest, the first time an Archery GB Junior representative has won a European Compound title!
This is also a triumph for the work the club has put in to developing our field course, which continues to evolve and will provide valuable experience for many of our archers. Last weekend Jon Nott (Archery GB) also shot the course whilst working with Lucy. Steph is arranging for Tracey (Also selected for the team) and Greg Hill to run a workshop for a group of our archers who aspire to shoot field.
The GB World Field team will also include returning Olympians Naomi Folkard and Patrick Huston.
Our field course will host the County Championships later this year but it is still very much work in progress and it is hoped that it will provide an ideal training facility for our budding field archers.
Our Saturday afternoon ‘Open Community’ Sessions broke a new record, with the highest attendance to date! It was a credit to our coaches and volunteers that despite the higher numbers everyone was catered for and everyone enjoyed themselves. A spontaneous round of applause by the participants was excellent feedback at the end of the session.
The spin off benefits from these sessions are great especially coach experience and full beginners courses. Xperience archery have just completed a beginners course at the ground for 16 participants over three 2 hour sessions running on successive weekday afternoons.
Planning Consent for Elliott’s is great news for the Club!
Our neighbours have been granted a 10-year extension to their recycling license, which is great news for them and us. One of the conditions requires them to tarmac our shared access road and carry out further landscaping. We supported their planning application and in addition to writing a letter of support we also did a short presentation at the planning meeting highlighting the support they have given us, the minimal impact their operation has on us and the surrounding area and the potential benefits to the club and the local community of granting their planning application, not least the security they provide us with.
Junior Masters Weekend
Congratulations to Molly who was one of our members competing at the Junior Masters invitational shoot earlier this month.
Molly shot very well throughout the competition and finished second in the Girls Recurve Overall Junior Masters Competition. Riley Spencer-Nice also performed very well taking Gold on the Sunday.
Molly also shot at Black & Gold on the Sunday and was part of our winning team, well done Molly!
Pitville Park ‘Glow for Rio’ Event (The Cheltenham Trust)
A fantastic event, well done to the organisers. £4 band for 4-12 year olds, try a range of sports and activities. And yes the feed back forms showed we were voted the best activity!
Thank you to all the club volunteers, this was no walk in the park, constant queues throughout the day!
More bosses arrive from Tenzone
Our thanks go to Tenzone for delivering some more of the bosses we have been Sport England Funded for in time to be used at the County Senior Championships.
We also received a large delivery of foam to refurbish all of our layered foam bosses, placed an order for new straw bosses to support some of our winter venues and work is almost complete refurbishing our Danage bosses at 2 of our indoor venues. Seems a bit surreal getting ready for the start of the indoor season in this fantastic weather!
Last weekend we hosted our County Senior Championships for the first time and the tournament ran smoothly throughout the day. Entries were down on last year, not helped with clashes of other big competitions (which had moved dates) including the British Target Championships and the start of the Archery GB Youth Festival. That said, competition was fierce and there was success for some of our archers. Christine Anderton won the Ladies Recurve title, Simon Faulkner the Gents Compound, John Craigie the Gents Longbow, John Dalton the Gents Barebow and Ella Gibson shooting her first Hereford and recording a Grand Master Bowman score in winning the Ladies Barebow. Amelia Williams competing in her first outdoor competition recorded a good score in the Ladies National Recurve round.
Thank you to JIC Richard Jones and his Assistants Katherine Frusher and Graham Kent for making the day an enjoyable experience.
Base layer for Club House completed.
Last weekend saw the necessary preparation completed to facilitate a piling machine being used to install the clubhouse foundation. In the short term this area can be temporarily used for overspill car parking.
This six-day event, which is being held at Lilleshall is due to complete this weekend and full report in the next blog. Earlier in the week Lucy Mason has qualified top in the Compound Youth Women, Grace Chappell 16. James Howse 3rd, Tom Howse 8th and Josh Uzzell 22nd. Riley Spencer-Nice qualified 2nd in the Recurve Cub Men.
As a club we have the most individual entries in this festival, which is something to be proud of. Well done to Archery GB for running this event and giving young archers such an excellent opportunity to gain tournament experience.
252 & Summer Metrics Challenges
Both programmes designed to encourage archers to take on challenges, record scores and hopefully enter more competitions have been a success during the school holidays.
The 252 programme we have used this summer does need some refinement and we have looked at a range of structures used by other clubs, all seem to have their limitations, so we need to get our thinking hat on for next year!
Summer Camps a great success!
Thank you to Xperience archery and all our volunteers for supporting so many summer camps not just at Deer Park but also at local schools. Generating so much interest in our sport and in our club.
Busy few weeks!
It is the Junior Inter-Counties on 3rd September, where we will seek to defend Gloucestershire’s title, with 9 Deer Park Juniors in the County tem of 15.
10th September sees us host the County Junior Championships.