The club hosted a junior event on Saturday 20th August. The event consisted of some coaching in the morning, with a fun-shoot in the afternoon. This involved a specially painted 'novelty' target, another normal target face altered to make it a bit challenging, and a repeat of Ian and Tanya's 'fruit-shy'. The was a trophy for the winner, with awards for second and third place, Many thanks to Arnold who very kindly donated vouches for KG, to the value of £30 (for the winner) £25 (for second place) and £20 (for third).
OnTarget Young Volunteer of the Year Award Winner - Thomas Keane
Many congratulations to Thomas Keane who won the Young Volunteer of the Year OnTarget award. Thomas is one of the Clubs level 2 coaches and organises both the beginners course and the junior coaching programmes. Thomas is also an active member of the club and regularly volunteers with the club maintenance days and for field duty during the Clubs FITA competition. Oh, and he still finds time to shoot (and is really good as well)!
Many thanks to all those who helped and participated in this years Brass Monkey Clout shoot. This year, the winner was whichever club got closest to a randomly selected number (543). St Georges of Harrogate turned up in greater numbers and recorded an impressive score of 799. Meanwhile, Thirsk Bowmen achieved a more modest score of 293. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that Thirsk Bowmen have retained the title and won the Brass Monkey for the second year running (being 6 points closer to the target score)! Well done all!
Hambleton Sports Awards 2015
Denise Brockbank and Arnold Fewell were recognised at this years Hambleton Sports Awards.
Denise won her award in the Community Project category for her work withe the Arrows Project delivering Archery into Junior Schools. Denise's enthusiasm and passion for the project has made it an outstanding success.
Arnold won his award in the community volunteer section for his enthusiasm and drive over a number of years to bring Thirsk Bowmen to the forefront with facilities to enable archers with disabilities to enjoy the sport at our field.
Photographs from the awards ceremony can be found in the Gallery section (photographs courtesy of Nigel Whitfield).
Archery in Schools update
With help from a grant from Hambleton District Council we have been able to buy three sets of Arrows soft archery equipment - a safe and fun way for primary school age children to get into archery.
Local schools have been borrowing the Arrows archery sets to use during sports lessons and after school clubs and so far 16 schools have taken part in the project. We've had very positive feedback from the schools with archery being very popular with the children. A common comment is that it's great to see the less sporty children succeeding with archery.
We recently took Arrows to a Magna Carta celebration at All Saints Church, Northallerton. Archery was practiced on the green in front of the church in Medieval times and visitors were very interested in the history of archery and keen to try their hand.