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School Club Links

Creating strong links between Archery clubs and schools is essential in ensuring young people enjoy Archery within their school and in their community at a club. Archery GB recognises the growing demand from schools to introduce Archery to their pupils and the demand that is placed on clubs and coaches to ensure they can provide a high quality experience. Many schools are keen to offer different activities to pupils compared with the traditional sports that are available in many cases. Archery is an activity that many schools want to introduce and clubs are requesting guidance on how best to go about this. Therefore, this information has been provided to help Archery clubs identify how they can develop local links with schools.

There can be many benefits from creating a school-club link:

  • Greater numbers of young people participating in the club
  • Increased membership in the club
  • Increased number of coaching opportunities
  • Increased number of young volunteers in the club
  • Increased accessibility to School facilities
  • Greater accessibility to funding to further develop the club and its volunteers/coaches
  • Increased profile within the local community
  • Increased profile within the sports community

Case study: School-club link

Deer Park Archers, in Cheltenham, increased the number of young people taking part in Archery through delivery of after school sessions, resulting in many young people joining the club.

Developing a School Club Link

In developing a new link, or strengthening an existing link, there are some useful key steps to consider. A template Schools Club Link Agreement is provided here.

Please send completed copies of the agreement via email to kate.moss@archerygb.org or post to Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9AT. This is so there is a record of a link taking place and further support may be available. Signed school club agreements can be used by your club as part of your Club Mark submission.

Who else can support your partnership?

As well as the partnership between the club and the school, it is useful to communicate with your County Sport Partnership to let them know of a link that exists/or that you want to develop. They may be able to provide further support and guidance to the project and may know of schools in the area where there is demand. Also, Archery GB's National School and Young People Development Coordinator is available to support these links. Contact kate.moss@archerygb.org for information.

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