Things are happening at Deer Park!

Great attendance at the AGM!

 Thank you to all those that attended the AGM to ensure we got our revised Constitution passed and our Annual Accounts presented. Also thank you to our catering team who ensured we were all fed and watered and to the Committee for all their hard work throughout the year! Well done to those who won some of the spot ‘Easter Egg’ prizes during the shooting.

Steve, Mary & Dilys leading the proceedings

Tom picked to represent GB at the Europa Cup in Slovenia (11th – 19th May)!


Congratulations to Tom Howse for being selected to represent GB. Tom will be one of 3 Cadet Men chosen following a selection shoot last weekend when selection was made on the basis of only picking archers who are shooting competitive scores that would rank them in the top half of an international field and that can shoot competitive scores in the elimination rounds!

Liza, also part of the ‘World Class’ Programme, qualified to shoot on day 2 of the selection shoot and won 2 of her 5 H2H’s but was not selected on this occasion.

Well done & good luck to Tom

New Ground


For those that do not know we have agreed a price and subject to a successful planning application will go ahead with the purchase of the ground which is located in Shurdington. It is planned to submit the planning application asap. Thank you to all the members that responded detailing their skills that could be utilized during this ambitious project and to those offering help for the ongoing fundraising, we will all need to get involved in that!


James breaks 2 National Records at Chippenham!


Well done to James on breaking 2 more national records  although when I spoke to him he was totally frustrated by the fact it should have been more! So watch this space for news on further records.

James, more national records to come!


Club Field Captains Course


What a response to this important workshop with 20 volunteering for the training that takes place at sessions running this week. With such large attendances at practice sessions and the corresponding loads on the coaches it is crucial that the sessions are run as efficiently and safely as possible! This is a workshop that we should share with other clubs as it is a key part of club development and a copy of the presentation pack will appear on the website during the next week.


New Beginners/Improvers Continuum Programme is a fantastic success!


When the last 50 participants completed their beginners courses back in March they enrolled on a 6 session Improvers Programme which also included an introduction to Field Archery, allocation/introduction to a buddy and an organized evening visit to Wales Archery. On completion of the programme the individuals then joined the club and the results have been truly amazing. 90% will have purchased their own kit, most have joined the club and all of them have hit the ground running! A big thank you to Xperience Archery, who have played a key role in this and to all the club coaches and buddies that have attended the sessions. This is certainly the way forward!


Archery GB have nominated us again for the Sport & Recreation Club of the Year Award!


Following our success in becoming the Archery GB2012  ontarget Club of the Year we have now been put forward with 2 other clubs for this prestigious award for the 3rd year running! What is remarkable is that so much development has continued to take place in the Club during 2012 that this submission was not a case of regurgitating the same material but it is a completely new set of achievements which is a credit to all the members!


School Games Update


The Level 2 & 3 programmes continue to expand at both Primary & Secondary School Levels with 32 club coaches/volunteers having worked with 54 schools & 1150 pupils in the last 12 months with the culmination of our efforts running the County School Games Finals (Level 3) at Hartpury College on the 15th June.


Coaching Young Athletes Workshop


Following a request from our coaches ‘excelsior’ have developed a workshop focused on developing fundamental movement skills and long term athlete development, which will be essential for us to correctly support the development of our under 12 members. Watch this space for dates of workshops.


Competitions Officer Activities


Lynn & Kevin have been doing a fantastic job circulating information on competitions and this has certainly resulted in members entering many more competitions, if any members are not on the circulation list for this information then please talk to Lynn.

A link to the latest list of local events can be accessed here: Local Tournament List_2013.


County Junior Championships (September)


As the Junior Inter-Counties event will now take place on the same day as our Junior County Championships this means that 12 of the regulars will not be shooting as they will be selected for the County team, it will be a great opportunity for new names to appear on the County Champions Trophies! We will be encouraging ALL our juniors to enter this event, which we organize and is hosted by Cheltenham Archers!


Level 2 Coaching Course @ Cleve

Calling all Level 1 Coaches, if you would like to do the Level 2 Course, there are places available!


Dates for the course will be; 12 & 13 October, 9 & 10 November, 7 & 8 December with the assessment on 1 March 2014.


Let Steph know if you are interested.