Helping encourage an Olympic dream

Anyone interested in trying archery is being invited to a taster session this weekend.

Friday, 16th August 2019, 16:45 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd August 2019, 09:49 am
The Bowmen of Backworth are holding an archery taster event.

As a prelude to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, I am Team GB has organised a multitude of events throughout the country to encourage future sportsmen and women and possibly our future Olympians.

As part of that, The Bowmen of Backworth are getting involved to not only promote the but introduce the wider public to archery.

A free have-a-go event is taking place on Saturday at Backworth Hall from 11am to 4pm with all equipment and tuition provided.

The event will be led by the club’s nationally qualified coaches ably assisted by some of their senior archers.

For anyone trying to start in archery finding a club is the first step is to go to Archery GB’s website – www.archerygb.org – and follow the links to “Find a club”.

A spokesperson for the Bowmen of Backworth said: “Archery clubs are like woodworm, once you find one, they all come out.

“Archery is enjoyed by about 47,000 registered archers and a vast number of unregistered “roving” archers who enjoy many different aspects of our sport apart from hunting and fishing, both of which are illegal in the UK.

“Archery is for everyone from the fit to the not so fit. We have wheelchair archers and VIs (Visually Impaired), there is one gentleman in the USA who has no arms and still shoots.

“It is a low impact, disciplined, sport offering a sense of achievement along with gentle exercise and comradeship. You don’t have to compete, just have fun.”

For more information visit www.bowmenofbackworth.org