Sun and showers on the April beginners course
Our successful beginners with their certificates
The first outdoor course of 2018 was characterised mainly by the weather. On the first Sunday afternoon our beginners turned up with multiple layers and the coaches wished they’d bought gloves. Despite the threatening clouds, and possibly because of the cool temperature, the warm up was appreciated and everyone was quickly shooting on the line and focused on their technique. During a break for tea and biscuits there was a demonstration of different types of bow, including our Chairman demonstrating a compound bow, complete with encouraging remarks from the Treasurer. At the end of the session the rain finally appeared and our beginners got their first experience of helping to take the range down, most club members having sensibly retreated home.
By the time of the second session the following weekend, England had been basking in a rare April heatwave, sun cream was almost a compulsory piece of kit and (most of) the Coaches were in shorts. All the beginners picked up where they left off though one decided they would much rather shoot barebow, much to the delight of one of our coaches who is mainly a barebow archer.
After covering scoring, the course concluded with a short competition involving balloons, chocolate and Haribo which seemed to encourage adults and juniors alike. The Chairman handed out prizes and certificates to all our successful beginners.
With 5 beginners joining from the March course we hope to welcome a similar number of new archers to the ranks from the April course too. Keep an eye out for an article introducing our new members.
Thank you to Emma for organising the course and all the coaches who give up their time to encourage new archers and members. If any members would like to know more about getting involved in beginners courses, tasters or have a gos then please speak to one of the committee or Coaches.
The next beginners course is on the 12th & 19th May. You can find more information and sign up here