19 Jan 17
Sixty-six archers will be battling for Britain at the Indoor Archery World Cup in Nimes from tomorrow.
The main actions required to start an archery club have been drawn together in A Guide to Setting up a new Archery Club.
You will need to agree/complete on the following items:
Club Name - This can be anything you decide - but it would be handy to have it short and location specific. The name will also needed to draw up the formal documents, such as Constitution, and open a Bank/ Building Society account. You might want to check with the Membership Services office to make sure that no other local club has the same name.
Club Constitution - A club constitution outlines the functions of the club, procedures for members, meetings and committees. Having a constitution will help to clarify how the club's procedures should work. The constitution must be open and non discriminatory. A sample constitution is available, which you can change and adapt accordingly. Before the initial meeting it is advisable that there is a draft constitution drawn up so that the group can adopt it.
Club Officials - A club needs a number of officials to run the club on a formal basis. A Club Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are the minimum required. These posts will need to be elected. Before the meeting it is advisable that there are willing people to take up these roles. The club needs at least three elected members onto the committee. There can be other members on the committee and this will be outlined in the club's constitution. Many clubs will have other roles that people in the club may volunteer to carry out outside of formal positions.
Affiliation - The club and its members are required to be registered with Archery GB. Several forms (found at the bottom of this page) are available to be completed by club officials. Membership is for individuals but clubs collate and provide the information and payments to the Membership Services office. Membership is paid yearly and includes among other things insurance cover, access to training courses, entry to competition and leagues (with County and Region fees) and 4 magazines per year. It also allows Archery GB to work on your behalf to help develop the sport, and to work together with other national and local sporting bodies and organisations in the development of archery within the UK.
All members are required to join the county and region in which they are situated. Confirmation of this for clubs is required by using the Club Disclosure Form and for Direct Members is required on the Direct Members application form required each year you join. Contacts for counties and regions are listed in the Directory section of the Archery UK magazine.
Venues - Archery facilities, especially indoor ones, are hard to come by. This might be a school, local authority facility, or facility belonging to another voluntary group / club. Your local Sports Development Officer (SDO), County Sports Partnership or Sports Council may be able to help you find a local facility. The 'Shooting Venue Form' can be used by a local Archery GB Judge to inspect new venues for archery.
Further information regarding club development is available under Club Documents & Guidance.
|MS Word||Club Registration Form - for registering the club and the 3 officials|
|MS Excel||Member Details Form - for registering all members of the club|
|MS Word||Club Disclosure Form - to be returned signed & fully completed|