Statement from Archery GB on the Government's Strategy for Sport
17 December 2015 17:06
By Archery GB
Responding to the Government's Strategy for Sport announcement, Neil Armitage, CEO (Interim), at Archery GB, commented: "Archery GB welcomes the Government's new sports strategy for an Active Nation and the opportunity to continue working together with our funding partners to achieve its outcomes.
"In particular, we believe archery can provide a positive contribution towards physical and mental wellbeing and deliver measurable community benefits.
"Archery is an extremely inclusive sport and welcomes people of all ages, with many clubs providing facilities for disabled archers. The sport inherently enables social interaction as all ages, genders and abilities can compete against each other on the shooting line. We will continue to support grassroots participation with 'have a go' initiatives such as the national Archery GB Big Weekend, where archery clubs open their doors to newcomers for one weekend a year, as well as supporting activities at holiday parks, tourist attractions and leisure centres across the UK.
"We have been working tirelessly to create new opportunities for new participants with a focus on appealing to women and younger ages, both of which are key target groups for the Government's new strategy. Since 2010 we have had fantastic results with the number of junior female members (under 18) increasing by 85% and an increase of 107% for university females. Currently, a third of all Archery GB members are junior and university club members and we hope to continue to raise this figure in 2016 and beyond.
"Archery GB was also pleased to see the Government's pledge to maintain Britain's reputation for putting on major sporting events. Next May, we will be hosting the 2016 European Archery Championship in Nottingham and hope to bring elite archery to not only keen Archery GB members but also the wider public as part of the UK Sport's #EveryRoadtoRio series.