If you are a qualified archery coach within Northants, please could you get in touch with the County Coaching Organiser, John Marshall, so that he can update his contacts list, and also pass on some recent EMAS information to you.
Now that things are beginning to get back to some degree of normality, as in previous years NCAS will be arranging coaching sessions at Montsaye Community Sports Centre in Greening Road, Rothwell.
The dates are: 24th October 2021
28th November 2021
23rd January 2022
27th February 2022
27th March 2022
All these dates are a Sunday.
The cost will again be £25 to cover all five sessions.
Over this period we expect to cover individual technique coaching, bow and equipment tuning including fletching and wooden arrows, sports psychology, strength and conditions and nutrition. The county’s senior coaches will be in attendance.
This coaching is aimed at archers relatively new to the sport.
As in previous events the junior session will be from 9.30.am. until 12.30.pm. and the seniors from 1.30.pm until about 4.00.pm.
I am afraid that due to Covid restrictions numbers this year will be restricted and places offered on a first come basis. To keep the room numbers down we are asking that, if possible, a junior is brought to the venue by a single parent and even left, if they are happy with that.
During the forthcoming indoor shooting season NCAS will arrange a Session Coaches Course for archers within the county. Before we can decide the dates, venue and cost it is necessary to establish the potential uptake of places on the course.
The new course format involves four on-line modules, which will be undertaken at your own time and pace, then two practical sessions and a final assessment. An archer undertaking the course will need a mentor and the ability to assist in beginners courses at their own club. If the latter is not possible, alternatives can be arranged.
If you are interested in becoming a coach please discuss the idea with your club and advise the County Coaching Organiser of your details.
This is to advise that Northants requires a new County Coaching Organiser as soon as possible and that I shall be standing down from the role.
This is largely an admin role with the need to either attend or submit a short report to the occasional NCAS meeting and any coach can undertake the role. There is support from Barry Molson – the Regional Coaching Organizer and a team at AGB. You would also be fully supported by the Level 2 coaches around the county.
Just over a week ago, one of the steel containers at WOAC was attacked and the locks cut off with an angle grinder. The lawnmower, generator and bush cutter were stolen and the thieves carried them away across the field to a waiting vehicle in a farmers field.
Last night (5th August.) they returned and broke into the other containers. Using the same methods and point of entry and exit, we have to consider they were the same thieves. This time they stole all the club bows, arrows and shooting equipment.
Looking at all the features of this incident we have to conclude that the thieves were either archers or acting on behalf of archers. They stole armguards and stands which were not kept with bows, they even took bow stringers. (To a non archer a stringer is just a rolled up ball of tape). They even stole a roll of fifty, unopened and unused target faces. (to a non archer this is just a rolled up tube of paper). In fact, except for bosses, pretty much everything you would need archery.
While this will not affect what we do at WOAC, if it happens to another club it could well be a severe problem. I urge all county clubs to pay extra attention to their club premises, security generally and how they store/deal with club bows.