We have received a £100,000 grant to support the development of a Clubhouse and Education Centre at our grounds in Shurdington.
The funding, provided by the Landfill Communities Fund and awarded by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust is a boost to the amazing fundraising undertaken by the Club’s 270 members and in addition to grants received from other organisations including the Worshipful Company of Fletchers & the Summerfield Trust.
The money will facilitate the completion of toilets, kitchen and community classroom area to finish that phase of the project by October 2018. The Club will continue to raise the necessary funds to complete the full project over the next few years.
Roger Crang, the Club’s Development Officer and one of its Directors said: “We are indebted to the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for the support they have provided us with, it will provide us with the springboard to complete the project and allow us to continue with the development of our archers and volunteer workforce which will allow us to further increase our role in the community.
“Our track record demonstrates that we are far more than just an archery club and that we deliver on our programmes. The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust also supported an earlier project to install drainage across the playing area to increase usage, membership levels and access for those with limited mobility which has proved a great success.”
The Club has had unprecedented success both on and off the field of play and in addition to growing participation levels for all abilities, now has two World Champions, World Record holders, a Paralympic representative and many members in GB National Squad Programmes, an excellent coach development programme supporting over 30 coaches and supports the very successful Gloucestershire School Games programme, despite its limited facilities. This has resulted in the club being recognised for many awards both sporting, volunteer management and general community.
This award will ensure sustainability, increased participation, an improved experience of a very inclusive sport and further success both on and off the field of play.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust has funded over 800 projects since it was established in 1997 and more than £14 million has been distributed to worthwhile projects.
These include the maintenance and repair of public amenities, the provision of open spaces, the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment and the restoration, preservation and repair of buildings of historical importance or architectural value.
The Trust will close in Spring 2019, with all anticipated Landfill Community Fund income provided by Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust) allocated to projects.
For more information, please visit www.ge-trust.org.uk