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March 2012 ArcheryGB Newsletter

March 2012 Archery GB Members' Newsletter
March 2012 Archery GB Members' Newsletter

Annual General Meeting Update

The AGM will be held on Saturday 28 April 2012 starting at 11 am. The venue will be at the University of East London in Stratford and there will be an opportunity for up to 90 members to tour the Olympic Park after the AGM in the afternoon.

Arthur Credland, who produced a history of Archery for the 150thanniversary, and who is the newly appointed Archery GB’s official historian, will be present at the AGM.


Calling all members - we need your help!

Do you want to help influence into how British archery develops over the next few years? Then your sport needs you!

Sport England has invited us to apply for funding to help the sport develop from 2013 to 2017 – and we want to know how you think it should be spent. What do we need to do to help British archery grow? It doesn’t matter who you are - if you have an opinion, we want to know about it.

Think about where do we go from here? How do we get more people involved in archery? What can we do to develop potential? If you have any great ideas, we want to hear from you - and the closing date is 30 March, so there’s no time to waste.

Send your ideas and how you think they would work, along with your name and contact details to

Check out the Current Plan here. It might give you some ideas, or at least act as a springboard. And remember, the deadline is 30 March.


Calling ambitious archers under 20

If you are under 20, love our sport and want to do what it takes to become an Olympian we want to hear from you!

Performance is hosting an open recruitment talent weekend at the Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre on 26/27 May 2012 and is looking ahead to unearth ‘precocious’ talent whether it be for Rio in 2016 or for the 2020 Olympic Games.  The closing date to express your interest is 30 April 2012.


Archery GB’s Big Weekend!

Archery GB is celebrating London hosting the Games by organising 'Archery's Big Weekend' on 25 and 26 August 2012.

The "Archery Big Weekend" will see clubs and other archery providers from all over the country come together and open up their doors to host an archery open day for their local community.

As part of a nation-wide campaign to mark the Games, the event will enable members of the public to come along to their local venue and give archery a go.


Archery UK Magazine is online

This issue, we focus on our grass roots side of the sport, showing how archery is an inclusive sport.  One of our main features is about Martin Hughes who has taken up archery after being seriously injured in a farming accident.  His courage in the face of adversity is inspiring and to know that archery has helped him get through the toughest year of his life is also very humbling.

We also continue our quest to find our oldest archer.  This time we feature Norman Perry who is 93 and Den Smith, a mere stripling at 91!

Our club profile this issue is Leicester Archery Academy which shows how archery has a strong connection with Islamic history and tradition.


Personal Performance Courses

Three-day Personal Performance courses are being held at the Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre.   The next courses are being held from 27 – 30 April and 5 – 8 October.  Accommodation and meals are included in the price.

Recurve, compound and longbow disciplines are covered and the course content mixes practical coaching with seminars. The course helps you achieve your full potential as an archer, covering everything from equipment and tuning to training schedules, physiology and psychology.


Calling all torchbearers...

Have you been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer? Or are you going to be a volunteer at either the Olympics or Paralympics? If so, we want to hear from you.

We know it’s all very hush-hush and that we can’t reveal your identities before the events - but we would like to know who you are so that we can get in touch afterwards and find out all about the experience and what you thought.

Please get in touch with and we promise we will keep your secret until your big day!


A word from our Performance Sponsor

Foresters Friendly Society has been the performance partner of Archery GB since 2010, but both our histories date back to the first half of the 19thCentury.

Foresters, which is 10 years the senior of Archery GB, was founded back in 1834, and has weathered the same storms as Archery GB, including 2 World Wars and the Great Depression.

In fact our paths even crossed in 1972 when the Foresters President at the time, presented the Foresters Trophy at the European Field Archery Championship.

With the countdown to the Olympics firmly underway, Foresters Friendly Society would like to extend their best wishes to the Team GB Archers, and hope that some golden history is written in the summer of 2012.  For more information on Foresters Friendly Society please click here