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Aspiring archers take part in Archery GB's Big Weekend




Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club chairman Carl Harding and secretary/PR Chrissie Mortlock
Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club chairman Carl Harding and secretary/PR Chrissie Mortlock

A number of aspiring archers and budding bowmen attended a "taster" session at the weekend where new participants were introduced to the sport.

The event took place at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club at Greetham Valley Golf Club on Saturday.

Front to back: William Lever (8) Holly Seaton (12) and Alex Williams (15)
Front to back: William Lever (8) Holly Seaton (12) and Alex Williams (15)

It was open to anyone, even those who have never picked up a bow and arrow before, wanting to give the sport a try.

Similar events were held at around 90 clubs across the country and formed part of Archery GB’s Big Weekend.

An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585253)
An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585253)

The idea was to introduce potential archers to the sport and is held in association with Foresters Friendly Society.

Around 6,000 members of the public were set to take part and around 35,000 arrows to be shot in total.

An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585256)
An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585256)

Club members were on hand at Greetham Valley to help newcomers and to chat about how they got started in archery.

All equipment was provided and it cost just £3 to shoot as many arrows as participants liked.

Senior Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club members Steve Merton and Ritchie Wileman All photos: Lee Hellwing
Senior Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club members Steve Merton and Ritchie Wileman All photos: Lee Hellwing

"We had over 60 people come along on the day and have a go," said club chairman, Carl Harding.

"Some of them have already applied to do the beginners course which starts in September."

An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585250)
An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585250)

The Bowmen of Rutland club has been running for 42 years and has 96 members, young and old, who take part in archery on a weekly basis.

The club's outdoor venue is at Greetham Valley Golf Club.

An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585238)
An open day was held at the Bowmen of Rutland Archery Club to introduce new people to the sport (2585238)

"Everyone who attended on Saturday seemed to have a good time and the feedback was really good," said Carl.

He said they held similar events throughout the year so anyone missing out on this one could try at a later stage.

"The best place to check on when we do this is our website and I'd urge anyone interested to have a look," he said.

For more information visit: www.b-o-r.org



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