A session about Disabilities

A session about Disabilities

Hello archers,

May I ask you a couple of questions please?

Do you consider yourself to have a disability, seen or hidden?

If so would you be willing to come to a session for archers who would be willing to shoot some arrows and have a chat about what archery has meant to them and their disability?

How might your sport have helped you and in what way?

The session is designed around giving Nick, who you will find on social media as Disabled Adventurer a chance to try archery and also discuss what you gain and how it helps you. He is putting together a series of videos around a number of sports to showcase how sport is more accessible than many think and how people may enjoy it.

The session is being arranged by Helen at Integr8Archery and will be hosted at Towcester Archers.

Please contact Helen at helen@integr8archery.com if you are interested or if you have any questions.

Helen Sharpe

Helen Sharpe on BBC Radio Northampton

Helen Sharpe on BBC Radio Northampton

Our very own Helen Sharpe appeared yesterday on BBC Radio Northampton to talk to Tim Wheeler and promote Archery within the county. She also had a very good bash at the Pop Music Quiz too with some very tough questions, picking up bonus points at the end for having seen Alice Cooper four times in concert and owning a copy of Combine Harvester by the Wurzels on vinyl. It’s well worth a listen, skip forward to around 1:44.28.

BBC Sounds – Radio Northampton – Tim Wheeler

Tri-County Results!

Tri-County Results!

“First of all I would like to say thank you to Banbury Cross for holding the Tri County Hybris event, and to all the archers who took part!! Another sterling Job carried out by my captain for the day Tim Bull.

I hear the weather wasn’t great but the treats supplied by Helen were greatly appreciated.

So no further delays, we came 2nd!! Congratulations to Bedfordshire!! We will get them next year.

NCAS Archers Results

PS. Watch out for up and coming intercounty shoots!!”

Martin Ross
NCAS Team Captain

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

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