Club Portsmouth Target Day is a great success!

Competition holds the key!

A week ago we advertised a Club target day at Balcarras to add to our fundraising projects and give members their first chance of the new indoor season to complete a competition and it was a great success! More than 70 archers and volunteers delivered refreshments, raffle and great competition enjoyed by everyone. 8 County Records, numerous personal bests and £250 raised for the ‘New Land’ Fund. The Club’s diversity of bow types was very evident with an almost equal number of Compounds, Recurves and Barebow/Longbows. The strength of our compounds was demonstrated with 10 archers recording scores over 560 with an average age of just 25.

Full results will be on the website by end of Tuesday, this and other data will be used to arrange some handicap competitions and form the club monthly leagues.

Some of our members in the morning session

Some of our members in the morning session

An equal number of bow types

An equal number of bow types

Formal competition conditions created

Formal competition conditions created

Afternoon C's & D's

Afternoon C’s & D’s

Drills & Skills

 25 coaches and aspiring coaches attended an excellent Drills & Skills Workshop last weekend run by Dan Gill and was attended by a number of clubs with quite a few of the participants shortly to start their Level 1 course.

Dan ran an excellent session, well supported by Steph & Liza

Dan ran an excellent session, well supported by Steph & Liza

practical work



 Tuesday 15th October – Shurdington, open shooting as normal for the first session, second session is a closed session for sports psychology mental skills group.

Saturday 19th October – Balcarras 2:00pm Inclusion Club, 4:30pm Sports Psychology for Coaches. Open shooting from 6pm.

Sunday 20th October – Balcarras Open shooting in morning. County Junior Squad ONLY from   1 – 5pm.

After-School Clubs

 A big thank you to those coaches from the club, who are supporting the after-school clubs. Things are particularly challenging at Balcarras where over 70 pupils attend the Friday afternoon session. Active Gloucestershire are currently redrafting their School Games Plan for 2014, there will be both Senior and Primary School Games at Level 1, 2 & 3 for Archery, with Deer Park and Xperience Archery supporting the events at both district and county levels.

That many pupils and there is still a waiting list!

That many pupils and there is still a waiting list!


Inclusion Club starts next Saturday afternoon from 2pm till 4pm at Balcarras School.

 Watch the next news item for a progress report on our inclusion club which will host both new group have-a-goes and see some beginners courses start.

Tom at the World Youth Games in China

Do not forget to follow Tom’s progress, qualification rounds on Monday & Tuesday, elimination rounds begin Wednesday, with finals for both team and individual later in the week.

Good luck Tom!

National Inter-Club Championships – Team

 Our team for the National Final at Lilleshall on the 27th October against Norton Archers from the Teeside area of Northern Counties and who are a very progressive club will be;

Tom House, Liza Hadley, James Howse & Beccii Hutchings.

An all junior team in a Senior Competition! They will be shooting a 50m  round with team, pairs and individual head to head elements.

Annual Club Awards Evening – 22nd November 2013

We are delighted to report that ticket sales have ‘gone through the roof’ and we are assured of by far our best attendance at this type of event!

Tickets from Mel, lets break the 200 barrier in the next couple of weeks and give a real boost to our fund raising efforts and also ensure that we have a great attendance to share all our individual and club achievements during 2013.