Archers celebrate their success

Ryan Eden and David Johnson.

Ryan Eden and David Johnson.

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Two members of the North East Archers Club have been celebrating success.

Nine-year-old Ryan Eden, from Whitley Bay, and David Johnson, 43, from Gateshead, have both been in the awards.

Ryan has achieved both his FITA Red and his FITA Gold Feather Awards (FITA is the World Archery Federation, the International Governing Body of Archery), while David won the Novice Barebow class at the Cleadon Archers indoor tournament, his first competitive shoot.

North East Archers is enthusiastically run to promote archery for all with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment.

The club shoots at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields on Tuesday evenings from 6pm and visitors are welcome.

The club has a number of nationally recognised coaches and judges.

The sport of archery received a big boost after the 2012 Olympics but unlike many other sports the interest has continued and is enjoyed by individuals and whole families.

Archery is one of the original Olympic sports.

To take up archery beginners must take an approved course and these are available from local clubs and can the found online at www.northeastarchers.co.uk, www.bowmenofbackworth.co.uk and www.killingwortharchers.co.uk

The national society, Archery GB, also has a wealth of information on its website at www.archerygb.org along with a club finder.