Archery Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
This Semester has been a flying start to the Academic year for Saints Archery, with so much happening that the club has barely had time to stop and pause. Our give-it-a-go sessions in Freshers’ Week were the most successful we have seen for many years with upwards of 100 students attending on one day, and this translated into one of the busiest beginner’s courses we have run and our highest membership rate in memory.
The growth of the club has also meant an expansion in many other areas. The introduction of supportive ‘Performance Sessions’ specifically geared towards our more competitive archers (both novice and experienced) has been highly successful, and the club has seen an improvement at a competitive level already with one of our archers coming second in the Scottish Barebow championships and another coming fourth in the Scottish Novice Championships. However, the club has also made sure to focus on its non-competitive side with Halloween and Christmas fun shoots having been run with great success.
As well as fielding a far more varied competitive team from all four bowstyles and being able to coach a third bowstyle, the club has also branched out to improve its support system for disabled archers with the hope that we will be able to integrate them fully next semester. Coaching has also greatly improved within the club environment, with three of our experienced archers having become qualified Level 1 Archery coaches and the introduction of a highly experienced performance coach; both of which have been an invaluable resource for the club and its development. The club has also made sure to give equal opportunity to our novice archers, with several internal competitive opportunities and a high representation within the University circuit; this has proved highly successful with one of our Novice archers currently ranked top in her category.
Outreach has also been an important aspect of club activities this semester. As well as running a four-week outreach programme for Madras school, which has been highly successful and will hopefully be repeated, the club has also run two community have-a-go sessions with the intention to expand one of our regular sessions to include members of the local community next semester.
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