September has been a busy month for us, just as we expected, as we get towards the end of the outdoor season. To begin the month we hosted the East Midlands Archery Society’s Inter-Counties Championships. Four of the five counties were able to enter teams, even if not all were full teams. Leicestershire and Rutland won the recurve and compound team trophies, and Nottinghamshire won the longbow and barebow team trophies.
The following weekend we shot the final round of the Notts Archery Society’s Warwick Round competition. This is a short- distance round of just 4 dozen arrows, shot at two distances up to 60 yds, depending on the archer’s handicap, and it has been enjoyed by our members as a social shoot as we get back to a formal competition after such a long break.
The final round of the Summer League was shot at Greasley on the 19th of the month. The League trophies and medals were presented to the overall winners.Our members Carrie and Andy Mortimore [longbow].Lee Waterfield [compound] and Ethan Lamb [Junior Recurve] all gained firsts.
Now that darkness falls ever earlier our Friday Club-night moves to our winter indoor venue, Joseph Whitaker School’s Sports Hall, at Warsop Lane , Rainworth, for two hours of shooting and socialising. This year ,we are able to have a 3-hour Sunday morning indoor session for members to shoot complete rounds. This means that we can shoot two indoor sessions most weekends , depending on the availability of the hall. We are grateful to Sport England for the “Return to Sport” Grant that has made this possible for us.
Clout shooting continues to gain in popularity. Our field is long enough for us to have monthly clout shoots for our members, and we have more new members who are keen to learn about the clout and to work out how to get their arrows to land at 125m[ladies], and 165m[ gents], and to be near enough to the flag to score.These club competitions attract senior and junior members , and they find it exciting as they watch their arrows flying away in a high arc to reach the flag.
The Autumn Beginners’Course is under way and there are 9 coaches working with the 19 beginners,so we hope to be able to welcome some new members into the club for the indoor shooting and for the winter outdoor Clouts and Frostbites that begin in November.