With our club’s mission and culture very much focused on the development of whole individual, team and family identity, quality of the club experience, recreation has become increasingly important. In recently years and to some degree as a consequence of having our own ground, recreation has changed from more of an accidental bi-product of our activities to something that is now also planned for!
As a bi-product it was very much only connected to archery and our directly related activities and this remains important, if only because there are only the few that are so consumed by archery that nothing else matters! For most, the social, team belonging, friendship groups, family engagement are essential to support and sustain the interest in archery.
There are 2 other areas that we now actively develop, firstly those afforded by our own home facilities and secondly those related to our passion to be part of our community.
Improved Social gathering areas
We are aware that our clay surface makes access to the main ground areas very difficult for those with restricted mobility following any sort of rain. We have 3 plans in place, a terraced area which will become the focal point for all social activities and an access hub for most of our facilities. Secondly the creation of a honeycomb surface in-front of the clubhouse and covered shooting area and also a path around the main field providing the opportunity for wheel chair archers to use elements of the field course!
Working together to improve our environment may or may not be considered recreational, but we have had a lot of fun doing it.
The opportunities created for recreation are certainly greater for our efforts!
As a consequence, we have invested time, effort and finance into things like creating pathways and bridges for walks, maintained the wooded areas in an animal/insect friendly way.
Produced our own brochure on the local wildlife in our wooded area.
We formed a Club early in 2019 aimed at offering the opportunity for men 50+ forming friendships whilst supporting the club aims. Click here for more information.
Short Mat Bowls Project
We have secured all the equipment to start a club using our clubhouse. Will have a strong link with the men-in-sheds and club members/families but will be open to new participants as well. Another example of broadening the range of recreational activities we are trying to offer.