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!
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