Platinum Champions Award for Helen

Platinum Champions Award for Helen

Our very own Helen Sharpe has been hand picked from thousands of volunteers throughout the UK supporting a range of causes, to receive a Platinum Champions Award from the Royal Voluntary Service.

In honour of their Patron, Her Majesty The Queen and the great example she has set in her 70 years of service, Royal Voluntary Service launched the Platinum Champions Awards for volunteers.

The judges picked just 490 Platinum Champions to receive a specially designed pin and a signed certificate from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

“The Platinum Champions Awards, launched by Royal Voluntary Service in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service, have given us the opportunity to celebrate the remarkable contribution of all volunteers, who truly are the backbone of our country.

Congratulations to all our Platinum Champions – and my heartfelt thanks to you and to the millions of volunteers across the UK who give their time and talents so generously.”

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall

Click to access platinum-champions-england.pdf

Here’s Helen’s volunteer journey so far…

“I first volunteered at the age of 16, I had finished my GCSE’s and had some time to kill before starting college for my A-Levels. I don’t recall how I found the opportunity but I spent the summer volunteering 5 days a week at a summer play-scheme for children with disabilities. It was hard work but rewarding.

At the age of 20 something happened after which I was determined to give what I could to help others achieve what they wanted to.

Here I am 27 years later, I have spent countless hours volunteering in many ways and I have always felt it a privilege to be allowed to be a part of peoples lives and see what they can do given the opportunity and support.

I have had many roles, helped at school with reading, trips and residential stays. Cubs, parkrun, home-start lots of ways.

But since Jack start shooting I have gotten involved in archery. Held a number of roles at club, county and regional level and for the last 3 years I have been an ArcheryGB Ambassador. I applied for the role and in my aims stated that I would work for inclusion and diversity, specifically towards disability and also trying to put archery into the hands of those who didn’t know how to access our sport.

In that time I have helped at the World Transplant Games, taken part in big weekend and start archery events, club have a goes and taster sessions, business games, school games, I have acted as agent to 15 archers, spotted for 2 VI archers, volunteered at competitions at various levels from club to national events, been on various workgroups and seminars around a variety of topics with the national governing body.

I also create my own projects and these are aimed mostly at grassroots and accessibility and inclusion.

The one I am spending more time in than others at the moment and the last 12 months is the archery in education project, starting with a call to get 6 weeks of archery in to 6 secondary schools in Northamptonshire. A year later I can say we provided archery in 4 primary schools, 12 secondary schools, 2 colleges and children educated in out of school settings.

A total of 806 individuals have tried archery in that time, through this project. 8 of the secondary schools have sustainable archery and continue to involve more new students in trying the sport. The out of school setting group had 7 months of weekly sessions which have currently been suspended but have seen 15 children join local clubs and we are looking to re-create access to these sessions later in the year. We have a number of new schools and colleges starting over the coming weeks and also moving out of county with coaches interested in taking the education project into their areas.

Following a blog I wrote regarding the changes for me from standing to seated archery and the struggles I have had a number of archers reach out to me to ask to talk and I have been privileged to help and support 12 archers in the changes that they have to face to continue in the sport.

I worked with the national governing body on the return to shooting phases and in particular around disability archers who found it harder to return.

I have also attended many sessions with 2 activity partnerships to focus on grassroots sports and how we can help and learn from each other.

Seeing the changes that lockdown had created in the well-being of juniors I created a space that club juniors could come and spend time at the range for monthly sessions with their club and senior coach along with myself as the safeguarding officer, shooting, chatting, eating out pack up on the range and just remembering how to be together again.

In order for me to be effective and continue to create ideas and opportunities I constantly work on my own learning.

In the last 3 years I have undertaken 13 training courses from taster to certificate to level 2 courses in a variety of topics, and attend regular learning sessions with transpire training, nspcc, mind, Northants sports, club matters, archery GB, open university, colleges and others.

I am humbled to have been nominated for a platinum champions award and especially having seen other nominees and recipients and their achievements.

I am most grateful when I have individuals or parents/carers who have watched their children access our sport and tell me how it’s created change in their well-being. This is the greatest achievement I can make.

I give anywhere between 15-30 hours a week as a volunteer to my sport and on the lower level weeks I am usually found volunteering somewhere else such as running/swimming through the activity partnerships.”

Helen Sharpe

Deb Wright back winning awards

Deb Wright back winning awards

Deb Wright of Wellingborough Open Archery Club was invited to the Royal Toxophilite Society for the Fletchers Day for Archers with a Disability on 14th May 2022.

Deb won her category of Visual Impaired Archer, scoring 766 for the Burntwood Albion round, beating her own county record and person best. She was awarded a hand made box and pen, made by the previous master of the fletchers, from English Cherry wood.

Deb has previously had funding approved by the Worshipful Company of Fletchers to help with monthly coaching sessions held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium November 2021 January 2022 and March 2022.

The coaching sessions have helped Deb return to archery after having had Ulnar nerve release surgery, and a prosthetic disc implanted into her neck with vertebrae above and below it fused, all done at the Woodlands Hospital during the first lockdown in March 2020.

Deb retained her National Indoor title for Visually Impaired Open Recurve at Lilleshall in April 2022 with British Blind Sport. She has held this title since 2016.

She also defended and retained her National Outdoor title with British Blind Sport in September 2021 at Lilleshall, having held this since 2015.

On the same weekend in September 2021 Deb competed in the National Disabled Championships at Lilleshall, where she won first place for the VI Open category.

Deb plans on defending her outdoor titles again at Lilleshall in September this year.

Deb will be shooting more of the county competitions, where possible, and looks forward to meeting up with like minded archers and new and old friends.

NCAS vs BCAA Inter-County Portsmouth Postal 2022 Results

NCAS vs BCAA Inter-County Portsmouth Postal 2022 Results

Hi All

The results are in for the inter-county Portsmouth but before we get to these, I would like to say thank you for all those that took part and sent me there scores and to your club Reps who sent in scores on your behalf.

There were so many of you that took part in this one that I’m waiting on more ‘Postal’ badges to be produced so please be patient.

For those that may have forgotten to give me your Scores that took part in the county champs I have taken these scores, don’t panic I have taken your highest if you have given me more than one.
Again as I mentioned we had a lot of you take part in total 152 archers, fantastic!!!

Myself, and the Bedfordshire county captains got together just over a week ago and set the team numbers.

For all those who took part you will be given a ‘Postal Badge’ 2022.

Those in Team A will get the badge, and the Year bar & Broche if applicable (1st time on the squad).

Some of the non-novices would have realised I have mentioned Team ‘A’ we had so many take part from both counties we have a ‘Team B’ unfortunately these guys will only receive the Postal Badge.

However these archers are given the ‘Team A’ a run for their money!!

So enough of my rambling you want to know who won!!!

WE DID Northants WON!!

Northants Team A 13,039
BCAA Team A 12,339

Northants Team B 10,863
BCAA Team B 9,174

Well done all please see attached details of the all scores for Northants.


So the next Match will be the Ivy Keating and this one will be a face to face.

Martin Ross
NCAS Team Captain