The award goes to Liza Hadley of Deer Park Archers. The 16-year-old level 1 coach is passing on her skills to other juniors and assists at the club's community. She is always willing to help. Liza also managed to achieve her Junior Master Bowman and Gold Progress Award, is the County Junior Champion and was selected for County Junior Team. She attended the Archery GB Talent ID programme while achieving 10 A*s and 1 A in her GCSEs and will be heavily involved in Deer Park's development centre.
Volunteer of the Year
Helen Woodcock of Rochdale Company of Archers. Helen runs the RCA Schools project and its junior club as well as coaching county juniors, all while studying for - and achieving - her level 3 coaching qualification. She has helped other club members become both level 1 and 2 coaches, leads beginners' courses and have-a-go sessions and is always on hand to help newer members. She received the Fred Dillion's award for services to junior archery, serves on the Northern Counties Committee as a County representative and chairs the National Junior Committee.
Clubperson of the Year
Adrian Tippins of CMO Bowmen. Adrian arranged funding and bought the kit needed for beginners' and taster sessions. His enthusiasm is infectious - as is shown by the high numbers of archers signing up, staying with the club, getting involved and winning awards. He sets up bows so new archers can shoot with their own equipment as quickly as possible and, following a recent break-in, immediately ordered replacement kit, built and fletched new arrows and continued coaching. He is in close contact with the local press, set up a club Facebook page, supports the club's webmaster and helped CMO achieve ontarget Community Club status
Innovation in Archery
Norton Archers hosted sport legends Daley Thompson, Sharron Davies and Jonathan Edwards as part of Join In weekend 2012. It worked with the local council to set up Wii archery, followed by the "real stuff" and runs an online booking system for members. David McCullogh was named Volunteer of the Year at Stockton Borough Council Club, Coach and Volunteer Awards.
Rochdale Company of Archers has worked with Link 4 Life, the Community Sports Partnership, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and other local authorities and hosted part of the inter authority games. When GreaterSport needed a speaker on coach development for BBC Radio Manchester, RCA was there and it led to greater communication between the two organisations. Rochdale MBC is supporting the RCA Charity Shoot. RCA also provides schools archery to GCSE level for both Rochdale and Oldham Metropolitan Councils. In Oldham, it works with the Integrated Youth Service (Sport Development) team at the Mahdlo Youth project and other centres. Councils in Manchester, Bury and Bolton have recently expressed interest in the RCA Schools Project.
ontarget Club of the Year
Deer Park Archers. It has 18 coaches, including three selected for the Performance development programme and works hard to engage family members and keep its local press profile high. It averages more than 50 archers at every session in each of its venues. It caters for all bow types, has achieved all three ontarget specialisms and 16 coaches run or support daily after-school clubs. It won the 2012 Sport & Recreation Alliance Volunteer Management Award, organised the Level 3 Archery School Games Championships and hosted the opening ceremony of the 2012 Gloucestershire Media Awards.
Arran Coggan, National Club Development Co-ordinator, said "These awards draw attention to our wonderful volunteers and clubs who are making archery happen. It was a hard decision to choose the winners and well done to all them and those that were nominated as well."
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