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

Report – Sydney Bond Junior Inter-counties Team Tournament 2019

Report – Sydney Bond Junior Inter-counties Team Tournament 2019

Today I had the privilege of standing in for Martin Ross as county captain as the NCAS junior team took part in the EMAS inter counties tournament for the Sydney Bond Trophy (Recurve) & Bingham Ceramics trophy (Compound).

After a wild day of weather on Saturday I was relieved to wake up to a calm breeze and the early signs of a sunny Sunday. At least I could be sure I wasn’t going to loose any of my junior team to Wizard of Oz style winds which had been my concern on Saturday!!

As we arrived the sun disappeared and as assembly started we saw the beginnings of some heavy rain!!

The juniors stayed in good spirits and got on with it and were rewarded with the return of the sunshine with scattered showers. The rain was bearable it was the mud that was the bigger issue!!

Throughout the day our recurve team maintained a steady 3rd position whilst the compounds shot well but were in last place.

As always the spirit of the Northampton team shone through and I am proud to have been their captain today. No complaining and lots of supporting each other, as teams should do.

Final results for the teams were…

Recurve Team:
Nottinghamshire 5312
Derbyshire 5183
Northamptonshire 5114
Leicestershire & Rutland 4920
Lincolnshire 3393

Compound Team:
Leicestershire & Rutland 2332
Derbyshire 2280
Northamptonshire 2146

Of our team of 10 juniors they have been able to claim:
3 x Rose awards
1 x 6 gold end award

And 6 archers achieved a personal best.

Thank you to the adults who drove the juniors for the event and to my coaches who were put to work during the day.

I think it is fair to say that we have a team of wet, tired and muddy juniors headed home having had an excellent day of archery.

Thank you all for making it easy to look after you all.

Helen Sharpe.