A key part of our Mission is to be an important member of our community and that has been important to us since day 1 of the Club! We started as a small club of Archery Leaders providing have-a-go archery for the Girlguiding Activity Centre at Cowley and all our members had strong connections with Girlguiding across the County.
As we evolved the importance of that became more obvious and this was re-enforced by our Governing Body as they specified ‘Community’ as one of three specialisms clubs should strive to achieve under the Ontarget Club Development Programme. This is again re-enforced by the ClubMark accreditation Programme.
Much of what we have achieved can be directly linked to the Community Partnerships we have formed and these include those with:
- Our Parish, Borough and County Councils
- Local Schools
- Recreation Centres
- Local Businesses
- Local groups and societies
- Community Sports Partnership (Active Gloucestershire)
An essential part of our Club’s Mission Statement is to engage with and support the Gloucestershire community. We run multiple community events on a weekly basis.
2017 Gloucestershire Sports Media Awards – Community Club of the Year. We have again submitted a summary of our activities and achievements as we are proud of our contribution and our members role in the community. Please click here if you would like to read our submission. Community club of the year 2017
Many of our members help regularly with a range of community based activities, to increase the profile of our sport, which is very inclusive, to put something back and to attract new members. To increase our footprint we often work (on a voluntary basis) with Xperience Archery, who are also members of the club but who work full time running their own archery business. All services they provide to the club are free of charge!
Quote from 2015 Gloucestershire Media Awards Ceremony, where we were finalists in the Community Club of the Year, ‘Deer Park have elevated the sport of archery to one of the most popular and successful sports in the county!’
Created massive demand through the school games programme, lunch-time and in-curriculum activities, engaging 150 schools and literally thousands of pupils.
Achieved outstanding success, with Active Gloucestershire on a wide range of community events, including Special Olympics.
Productive relationships with Recreation Centres and NHS, running open have-a-go sessions, multi-sport themed events for the old/young/families, summer camps, half term camps.
Running 3 successful Satelitte clubs, one of which became the first all female team to win the L3 County School Games!
Working with local business community and ‘Business Connectors’ to deliver team building and customer programmes.
Working with non-archery related organisations including the Gloucestershire Bat Group and Environmental Trust to enhance the environment.
Working with County Councils, Parish Councils, 3 MP’s etc. delivering a range of events.
Working across the county with the archery community developing junior archery, designing and delivering the County Junior Squad Development Programme, also helping many AGB clubs who have asked for advice etc.
As part of our community work in 2015 awarded an ‘Active Together’ Grant by Gloucestershire County Council to deliver open community ‘pay & play’ sessions at our new ground.
In keeping with our wider community work, we have excellent indoor facilities with venues in a range of locations across all 3 of the Council areas (Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury).
Through above relationships have widened access to our sport particularly with ethnic minorities and disability groups. Successful Bambies Club has extended age range of participants.
In 2015 we were awarded a Special Commendation by the Sport & Recreation Alliance for our work in the community and club development.
To support community activities we provide all the necessary staff, equipment, risk assessments, DBS’s, insurance etc and most importantly the experience to ensure events will be safe, enjoyable, inclusive and affordable!
Deer Park Archers are an ‘ontarget’ Specialist Community Club!
The high levels of personal satisfaction were anticipated and we have not been disappointed, however the resultant increase in our club membership, cost effective access to school facilities, access to advice and support from our Community Sports Partnership, access to additional funding, training etc have been well beyond our expectations.
Members support many programmes, often in partnership with Xperience Archery, Active Gloucestershire, Gloucester & Cheltenham Recreation Centres, local Councils, help groups, Girlguiding, Scouting, Roundtable and the Local Education Authority.
Because of the high volume of activities we have learned many new skills and Active Gloucestershire have provided us with excellent support through specialist coach support, workshops etc.