Gordano Valley Archers take honours at Gloucestershire Junior Championships 2017

On Saturday 9th September 2017 Gloucestershire Archery Society held their annual County and Open Junior Championships.

This is a UK Record Status using Western Rounds (New Western, Long Western, Western, Short Western, Junior Western, Short Junior Western).

The event was held at Deer Park Archers Ground, Shurdington Road, Cheltenham, Post Code GL51 4UD.

Gordano Valley Archers were proud to announce that 3 of their elite juniors, Marco Costanza, Sophia Boulton and Josh Smith took part in the tournament and were very successful. Full results can be seen if you follow the link:


This success followed on from their recent participation in the Junior National Outdoor Championship held in Lilleshall in July and the Junior Youth Festival in August 2017.

All three archers are currently involved in the ArcheryGB talent pathway with Marco having been recently offered (and accepted) into the Performance Academy for 2017/18. As long standing members of GVA we are all naturally very proud of our juniors and wish them all the success for the future.

Left to right: Sophia (first), Josh (sixth) and Marco (seventh) in the photo

Photo kindly supplied by Cleve Archers from their Open Facebook page.

Congratulations to all the archers in the competition with particular mention to those from Gordano Valley Archers shooting as guests in the Gloucestershire competition

What a birthday present!


On the 24th October the club celebrated its 12th birthday and what a birthday present we received – awarded the prestigious COSE West of England Club of the Year.

The award was presented to the club by host Steve Backley OBE, 2 times Olympic Silver Medalist and former Javelin World Record holder.

Steve Backley read out the citation “Gordano Valley Archers have been working tirelessly over the last 12 months to raise the profile of their sport. They have increased the number of people
taking part in archery in both the club, within schools and in various community settings across the West of England.

The Club’s membership has grown by over 15% in the last 12 months and now boasts over 170 members of which over 70 are under the age of 16. The club have worked to become 1 of only 3 archery accredited clubs in the country, enabling them to create a safe and welcoming environment for young members.

The Club has worked hard to break down barriers for new participants by introducing an “equipment loan” scheme. The scheme involves the recycling of equipment, so those new to the sport can afford to participate without having the initial expense of buying bows.

Gordano Valley Archery Club is also committed to developing its community links and has been working with over 40 primary schools in the last year. As well as this, they have supported University of the West of England to establish a new club by training 4 students to become instructors.

Congratulations to all winners and nominated clubs and individuals who were represented at the celebration evening. You are all winners!

Full more details please follow the link:



West of England COSE 2016


The club has been shortlisted for the award of Club of the Year to be celebrated at a special wards evening on Friday 21st October 2016.

The event also celebrates the achievements of “outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs and organisations in the West of England”. The event will be hosted by Steve Backley OBE, 2 times Olympic Silver Medallist and former Javelin World Record holder.

This is a great honour for the club and recognises the hard work which takes place to ensure we remain at the fore front of promoting and developing our sport.

SCAA Junior Indoor Championship 2015

Congratulations to Josh Smith and Marco Costanza who won their respective categories in the Somerset Indoor on Sunday 15th November 2015.

Josh & Marco with the Chairman of Somerset County Archery Association
Josh & Marco with the Chairman of Somerset County Archery Association

Josh (U14 Recurve) and Marco (U12 Recurve) remained focussed and determined despite some tough competition. All their hard work paid off as they both set new County Records.

Josh continues to improve and his latest title follows his success at the GWAS Regional Indoor Championship where he took the U14 Recurve. Marco was also successful at the GWAS Indoor finishing a very close second in the U12 Recurve.

Both Josh and Marco are regular attenders of the club’s development programme held on a Saturday morning at St Bedes Catholic College and it is clear that the hard work they are putting in during these sessions are paying off.

The club’s senior coach, who was present at the tournament praised both boys and said “they are a real credit to the club and the sport. They both work hard and remain focussed but still retain the sense of fun in the sport. The club is very proud of their achievements and we hope they continue to improve”.

SCAA Junior Championship 2015


Despite a cloudy day the club was proudly represented at the Somerset County Junior Championships on Sunday 14th June 2015 by Hannah Cole, Josh Smith and Marco Costanza.

The championship was held in the grounds of Dunster Castle as part of the 60th year of archery competition taking place at this most iconic of venues. And what a great start to a full week of archery competition!

Josh, Hannah and Marco at the SCAA Junior Championship - June 2015

Josh, Hannah and Marco at the SCAA Junior Championship – June 2015

Josh Smith, shooting in his first competitive Bristol 3 Recurve competition took first place with a score of 937 (143 hits, 41 golds). He also claimed a Black Junior Rose Award for scoring over 900 points. Josh was awarded the SCAA Wellington Cup.

Marco Costanza, also shooting in his first competitive Bristol 4 won the Under 12 Recurve with an impressive 1,102 (144 hits, 73 golds). Marco score earned him the Red Junior Rose Award and he also claimed a 6 Gold End Award. Marco’s score was also the highest overall boys recurve score. Marco was awarded the SCAA Target Cup.

Hannah Cole, finished second to Jade Pocock of Bath Archers in a very tight contest. despite having not been well for several weeks leading up to the competition Hannah scored 1,062 (144 hits, 55 golds) in the Bristol 3.

Our congratulations go to all three archers.

Important Note: Juniors wishing to improve their archery are welcome to join Josh, Hannah and Marco at the club’s junior development squad sessions held at St Bedes Catholic College, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol BS11 0SU every Saturday morning starting at 10am

Sunday 21st June 2015

Important Notice

There will be no member shooting on this Sunday due to the annual Staff vs Parents cricket match at the school.

However, there will still be taster sessions and beginner course sessions in the morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm

5 + 5 = Perfect 10

Gordano Valley Archers are celebrating the achievements of its two youngest archers this week.

Three years ago the club introduced the FITA Beginner Award Scheme to help its junior members monitor their progress and development. The scheme is recognised by ArcheryGB and World Archery and its successful introduction into club archery has seen many junior archers achieving one of the 7 progressive levels.20150226_194820[1]

In a recent assessment session held at the Weston College Sports Hall in the main campus Tabitha Hudson (pictured left) and Ruby Blake achieved the entry level known as the RED Feather. To achieve the standard both girls had to hit the target a minimum of 12 out of 15 times as well as demonstrating safety awareness and good technique. Both girls passed with flying colours. A remarkable achievement as both girls are only 5.

Lead Coach, Paul Maines said “both girls are a real credit to the sport. They work hard, listen to the coaches and are always willing to learn. In the time they have been coming to the sessions they have made remarkable progress and if they continue with the sport they are both showing signs of being very good archers. They are a pleasure to coach and always work hard with a smile to match”.

If you are interested in taking up archery Gordano Valley Archers hold sessions at Weston College, Knightstone Campus on a Thursday night (6.30pm to 8.30pm) in the sports hall and on a Monday night at the @Worle Leisure Centre (5.30pm to 9.00pm) on a Thursday night.