We are affiliated to Archery-GB (previously known as GNAS), the current national association of Archery and we adhere to their rules and requirements, especially on Safety, Insurance and Child Protection.
We are a smaller well run friendly Club. During the Clubs history, which dates back to 1953, we have had 3 venue addresses (all in the general area) and have been at our current venue CM4 0DJ in the centre of Ingatestone since 2000 (or 4 Olympic Games). During the year we pride ourselves on the broad promoted programme covering most aspects and skills in the sport of Archery.
The Club coaches over it’s 50/+ year history, have learnt that every Archer is an individual, and everybody has different requirements; some are naturally gifted whilst others are very competitive and others less so, There are individuals who prefer certain skills better than others. We are fortunate in having among our members a number of distinguished Archery-GB/GNAS (Nationally Qualified) coaches whose chosen aim is to offer a continuous ‘coaching and improvement programme’ for those members who want to progress. However, for those who prefer a more casual approach, enjoying the fresh air and good company, with no pressure to improve or achieve, that is also fine with us.
We meet every Sunday throughout the year, the broad programme, as already mentioned, provides the archer with a variety of challenges; the different rounds testing skills and abilities in Clout: a long distance skill – similar to the archers’ skills on the battlefields of history, Field: a club version of traditional hunting which we shoot at unknown distances at targets of varying size and height and lastly Target: the expected target shooting at paper faced targets with the gold centre – at various different sized targets, depending on the known distances.
The competitions include many which are handicapped, but also the full traditional winner takes it all championships (most offering a cup or trophy to the winner)
During the winter months we hold many of our shoots or sessions indoors, in a Sports hall. Additionally, during the summer months (April to September), we also meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 o’clock. The main competition at the mid-week sessions (based on handicaps) is called the Mid-Week Challenge trophy, where an averaged scoring system decides the best / most consistent archer during the season.
So you can see that a novice or a newbie to the sport, can realistically win one of the many club trophies or awards, courtesy of the varied programme of shoots within the club, especially if you include the levelling Handicap Competitions.
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