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Update: 8 September 2014

18 clubs across the country have completed a self-assessment process designed to allow clubs to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. 10 clubs have been classified as a Young People club, whilst 8 are working towards and have identified what they need to do in order to improve and develop.

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Young People Clubs

For a modern sport to survive and grow it is vital that young people are engaged in it. The sport needs to provide for young people, regardless of their ability. Within archery, clubs play a vital role in delivering the sport and therefore it is crucial that we have a set of clubs that deliver excellent experiences to young people.

In order to recognise and support these clubs, we have developed this Young People Specialism. This specialism will mark out a club as being one where young people are extremely welcome and one in which they can explore the sport and achieve their potential. They will receive dedicated coaching and support and they may play a role in the running of the club.

The atmosphere will be one where young people are encouraged to train, compete and socialise with their contemporaries. A Young Person Specialist club will be immersed in the local community and it is likely they will have good links with local schools and other sport development groups.

How to apply

Importantly how the club operates on a weekly and daily basis will be the primary assessment.

To assist, and to remain true to the developmental nature of the programme, the assessment process to achieve a specialism has been made easier for 2016.

Once you and your club members you have read and considered the characteristics for the specialism, you should think if you would like to apply. You should consider which of the characteristics you already have as a club, but also what activity you can generate to meet and also expand on them.

Clubs may take up to a year in order to develop new activities and for the ethos of a specialist club to be embedded within the club.

You must try to display these characteristics in your club activity. This programme is about 'doing' not collecting paperwork.


You need to tell us whether your club displays each of the characteristics detailed in the Young People specialism document. To do this you must complete the online self-assessment.

By completing this, you will be able to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. If you confirm that all the characteristics are displayed in your club's activity, you will then be recognised as an ontarget specialist club.

If a club isn't able to complete the self-assessment, then the Development Team will work with the club to move towards this in the future.

Clubs can complete the self-assessment form straight away however there is no closing date.

Further Support

Once you have submitted the information on your club, you should discuss this within the club and think about what you can address and in what timescales. You may want to contact other clubs, the national development team and other partners in order to help you with achieving your goals.

As the 'specialism' process is an ongoing process and not an end in itself, all clubs will be invited to explore how to improve the activities that they provide.

The Club and Development Team will revisit the specialism at least every 2 years. On revisiting the specialism, if a club no longer provides all the activities to be classified as a specialist club it will be offered support to ensure that it continues to meet all the necessary characteristics.

The Development Team, your County Development Co-ordinator and many other people are available to offer you support through this process. The Development Team will publish a series of support resources throughout the year which clubs can take advantage of to help them develop their specialisms.
For further information visit or contact Arran Coggan, Development Manager (Participation), Tel: 07525233592, Email:

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