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ontarget Club & Volunteer Awards

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for all his or her hard work? Archery GB is once again inviting nominations for the ontarget Club and Volunteer Awards.

The awards aim to recognise, reward and celebrate clubs and volunteers that are working hard to help archery grow or who work behind the scenes to help a club run smoothly.

The categories seeking nominations are Young Volunteer of the Year (Under 25 on 31 August 2016), Volunteer of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Young People Club of the Year, Performance Club of the Year and overall ontarget Club of the Year.

The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2017.

To access the nomination form online click here. Alternatively, download the nomination document here.

For further information please contact Arran Coggan via email or call 07525233592.

Clubs and Volunteers making the difference!

The 2015 Young Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Thomas Keane, Thirsk Bowmen. Described as an invaluable asset to the club, Thomas has run provided support to the junior archers and led the club coaches through this work. The junior club members respect him, and most have progressed badge levels, or been encouraged to shoot competitively as a result of his input. Thomas also passed his Level 2 Coaching Award, and will be acting as a mentor for another aspiring coaches.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Malcolm Grant, Brixham Archers. Malcolm has almost single-handedly turned Brixham Archers into one of the largest and most successful clubs in the area, and developing all the ontarget specialisms within it. In recent years he been County Coaching Officer and County Development officer. Malcolm is passionate about the sport, and bringing it to others, giving much of his time to running sessions for schools and colleges in the area, Help for Heroes and designing equipment for disabled archers. He is so generous with his time, and energy, facilitating the

development of others that it is rare to see him with a bow in his hand.

The partnership between Rayleigh Town Archery Club, South Essex College and Active Essex was awarded the Partnership Award. Supported through funding from Archery GB and Active Essex, students at the college have had access to a new activity in familiar surroundings, with their friends. The partnership has worked really well, now in its third year and attendance regularly reaches 20-30 per week. It has been a really strong partnership between the club, CSP and college.

The ontarget Young People Club of the Year was awarded to Sittingbourne Community College Archers. A well-established school club committed to the development of young people, the club has improved the lives and also school outcomes for many attendees. This has helped with self-confidence, self-control and focus, improved attendance and behaviour at school. The club has specifically supported youngsters with physical disabilities such as profound deafness and those with limb deformities. The school is situated in an area of deprivation and apart from 100% committed volunteers who run the club all through the year, provision for equipment has been a focus. Pupils are able to experience shooting a range of bow types following initial training and are encouraged to develop their skills in their chosen bow.

The overall ontarget Club of the Year for 2015 was awarded to Deer Park Archers, Gloucestershire. The club has seen successful funding bids for over £100,000 and seen new toilet block, services to the site, covered shooting area, drainage to use field year round and a car park. The club has worked with local businesses to gain further funding, introduced online booking system and new website diary to facilitate members attending more practice sessions/competitions. The club provides sessions from five year olds with the Arrows Archery equipment, to bow type leagues and online competitions, weekly 'pay and play' open community and weekly indoor open community sessions specifically for those with impairments and carers. The club has developed considerable expertise and resources to keep tight budget controls, whilst all the time working to well defined club development plans. They have maintained all three ontarget specialisms and continue to promote and showcase the sport at its best.
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