2021 NCAS Charity Shoot Update

2021 NCAS Charity Shoot Update

The following has previously been sent out to clubs, but for those who might not have seen it, or who’s clubs have not yet responded to Helen, please have a read and encourage your clubs to take part if they are in a position to do so. It’s for a fantastic cause.

“Following on from some queries regarding a couple of matters, I felt it now appropriately timed to update everyone.

As you are aware I have been planning this years county charity shoot which was going to be similarly run to the event in 2019.

However, as we are coming out of restrictions and clubs/archers being at different stages and levels of confidence, I have spoken to key members of NCAS regarding changes and ways to best hold an event but differently for 2021.

So with this in mind it is my intention to invite any club in the county between the 5/6/21 and 4/7/21 to host their archers to shoot and make a donation to the charity collection.

It has been agreed that we will shoot for only 1 charity this year – Cransley Hospice.

If clubs would like to contact me to register their interest and I can collate the details and fundraising on behalf of the county.
I would like to leave the choice of round to each club along with selecting the date of their event to ensure it is the best option for their members who wish to take part.

My second item is in regards to Christine Marshall. Many of us would have attended the funeral in person if conditions had allowed.
Chris was a dear friend to many of us and those of us that knew her well know she was a planner.

Following one of our regular communications, this one on New Year’s Eve, as I was given some instructions, I had to make contact with key members of the county to update them. During those calls conversations were had that if we could manage to get together once more to chat with Chris, but as we had suspected time did not allow this.
Knowing this may be the case we had also discussed other options and I did speak with Chris regarding these ideas.

As is tradition we will be hosting a volley and this will still go ahead. I have spoken with the family and as a club and county we will be arranging this for a time that is suitable as we come out of lockdown. It is something that I also briefly discussed with AGB in the early new year to ensure that I can safely make arrangements for archers to do what we do to mark our respects to a beloved friend that we have lost.

I will release details as arrangements are made but I wished, at this time, for those not already aware of the plans being put in place, to be reassured that it has not been missed.”

Kind regards
Helen Sharpe
WOAC

NCAS Dawn til Dusk Charity Shoot 2021!

NCAS Dawn til Dusk Charity Shoot 2021!

Hello everyone,

As you know when I organised the NCAS charity shoot in 2019 I told you all that I would repeat the madness in 2021.

My aim, if the pandemic allows, is another dawn to dusk shoot as we had great fun and the sessions allowed people to do as much or as little they wanted.

This year we will be raising money for Cransley Hospice (dear to the hearts of many in the county for care of members of our archery family), again the East Midlands Air Ambulance (as we spent the money we raised on an emergency at an archery field in the county) and Young Minds which is a charity aimed at supporting children and young people’s mental health.

So I would like you to firstly, take a look at your calendars in 2021 and I would like to set the date for the end of June – let me know if there are any issues that I might need to avoid. Also, if the pandemic prevents it as the dawn to dusk format please have a think of ideas if we need to do something a little different.

Wishing you all a healthy 2021 and hope to see us all back out shooting soon.

Helen Sharpe
Wellingborough Open Archery Club

2019 Photos

WOAC Juniors Return to Competition

WOAC Juniors Return to Competition

Having returned the club and members to shooting in May one of the biggest issues we have faced has been mental health.

The fear and uncertainty that has come with the pandemic and the unknown situation it has created.

The stress of lockdown followed by the new stress as lockdown was eased and how we try and live in this new normal.

Having restricted numbers and social distancing has been especially hard for the juniors who haven’t been to school, seen friends or family and now with the booking system couldn’t really shoot with their club friends either.

As club safeguarding officer seeing the toll that this has all taken is hard and as someone who suffers with mental health and knows what archery brings me to help with that I felt it was important to look into ways that we, as a club might be able to help.

Spending some time talking with my husband, Paul Sharpe, who as a club coach ordinarily supports the juniors, I then reached out to Gaynor Hutchinson who is a senior coach at Aim4sport and this is where many of our juniors go for different levels of coaching.

A plan was agreed and we have now held two monthly sessions at the club with Gaynor, Paul and myself to allow the juniors to attend coaching sessions with their peers and relax with parents encouraged to leave them and come back later.

We are seeing most improve, relax, communication has definitely improved and so many more smiles!!!

As part of this they wanted a competition, most compete regularly under ordinary with a number pulling on their county shirts.

With this in mind we arranged a 720 for the 23/8/20 thanks to the return to competition being released.

However, at the last minute, due to local events it appeared we would have to cancel as the sports ground that includes the WOAC field has been barricaded.

Gaynor, Dave and their club members stepped in to offer the range at aim4sport for the event to go ahead.

Yesterday saw 8 of the juniors on the shooting line take part in their first competition since February.

With the Aim4sport club members moving over and sacrificing their distance shooting to allow them to take the main range.

As with any competition there were smiles and frowns but even those who were not happy with their scores were thrilled to be on the line.

I cannot express enough the pride in seeing those juniors step up yesterday, remembering how they first walked into the field in May and our gratitude to everyone at aim4sport for sharing their facilities to allow the juniors to have their event.

Having always believed that relationships can be created to help us all within our sport and most certainly that the spirit of pulling together is key to the current circumstances – this has most definitely been proven this weekend.

Helen Sharpe
Wellingborough Open Archery Club

What does it mean to be an Ambassador?

What does it mean to be an Ambassador?

Our very own Helen Sharpe of Wellingborough Open Archery Club, shares her first-year journey as an Archery GB Club Ambassador, on the Archery GB website.

“Archery is my sport, the sport of my family, the sport that I love. It, in my opinion, allows anyone of any age, ability or group to be together in the same environment and get together either socially or to have grassroots archers stand in a club environment against the country’s top archers. I cannot think of any other sport that creates this coming together of everyone within it.”

Coaching Sessions with WOAC & Aim4Sport

Following approaches from both our own club and within the wider County community WOAC in partnership with Aim4Sport have arranged a series of coaching sessions for archers who are interested in improving their archery. The Coaching Sessions will be with Dave Leader of Aim4Sport.

For those who don’t know Dave he is a Senior Coach and amongst his portfolio he is an AGB coach developer and NTDP coach.

4 coaching sessions are being arranged and these will be hosted by WOAC. Each session will focus on a different element that archers have expressed an interest in.

You can attend all sessions or pick and choose the topics that you feel you are most interested in, however, there are limited spaces to allow Dave to ensure that each archer gets the maximum out of the day.

Dates & Session Details:

Session 1 – 23rd May 2020
This session will be held on the Dome field at WOAC, Old Grammarians Memorial Sports Field, Sywell Road, Wellingborough.

This is a general coaching session, looking at technique and issues that archers may wish to focus on and will include individual video sessions.
Cost – £35 per person.

Session 2 – 5th September 2020
Again this session will be held on the Dome field at WOAC, Old Grammarians Memorial Sports Field, Sywell Road, Wellingborough.

This Session will concentrate on Bow Tuning.
Cost – £35 per person.

Session 3 – 12th December 2020
This session will be hosted by WOAC, the location is still to be confirmed.
This session will look at Bow Stabilisation – How to choose the right stabilisation for the archer and equipment.
Cost – To Be Confirmed.

Session 4 – Date to be confirmed (1st Quarter 2021)
This session will be hosted by WOAC, the location is still to be confirmed.
This Session will be looking at the archers mental attitude to archery.
Cost – To Be Confirmed.

Session 1 Details:
09:00 – Set Up
09:30 – 11:00 – Group session
11:00 – 15:00 – 1-1 session to include a 20 min video session for each archer
15:00 – 16:30 – Group session to consolidate the 1-1 session
16:30 – 17:00 – Pack away
Tea/coffee/squash & biscuits will be provided – please bring your own mugs.
Snacks and lunch are not provided. Please bring your own Snacks & Lunch.
There will be no set breaks / lunches allowing the archers to break at their own discretion when they feel that the timing suits them individually.
The cost of this session will be £35 per person.

If you have any questions or wish to book please email Helen Sharpe at treasurer@woac.co.uk