Wellingborough Open Archery Club (WOAC) would like to tell the Northants archery community about Boost Archery. This is a program being run by ArcheryGB nationally, to improve and encourage the uptake of our sport, especially at the junior level. It is open to all affiliated clubs and details can be found on the ArcheryGB website.
WOAC has a thriving junior ‘Colts’ Section with two designated coaches and over twenty enthusiastic juniors. Our lead junior coach applied for Boost funding which involved completing a short application form (two pages I believe) stating that we wished to introduce our Colts – at an early stage – to the different forms of archery and encourage different bow types in competitions. We subsequently received funding to the tune of £350 which has enabled us to purchase a compound, a longbow and two American Flatbows just for the use of the juniors in the Club. Up until now, while the club had these bow types available they were too powerful for junior use, but now they have their own and training has begun.
This is something all our County clubs have the potential to do and WOAC would like the clubs to be make aware of the scheme.
On the 22nd of January NCAS held the second of the Junior and Senior coaching sessions at the Montsaye Community sports hall in Rothwell. The event was well attended by county archers from almost every club.
We were delighted to have with us Danielle Brown MBE, a double para Olympic Gold medalist, World champion and multiple World record holder. Danielle spoke at both sessions about her experiences from starting Archery as a 15 year old and her journey to winning Gold medals in both Beijing and London and how she dealt with the different pressures and stresses of competition. Her “Performing under Pressure” talk provided coping strategies that could be employed by our Counties archers.
The talk was well received and the County hope to arrange for Danielle to speak at future County events.
For those archers registered onto either the Junior or Senior Coaching sessions, the next session and first for 2017 will take place on Sunday 22nd at Monsaye Community Sports Hall, Greening Road, Rothwell.
The Junior session will commence at 9.am, the Senior session at 1.30pm.
If you have not yet registered, there are a limited number of places available on the Junior sessions but unfortunately the Senior sessions are completely full.