Lilleshall National Sport Centre,

Newport, Shropshire TF10 9AT 

Harnessing the archery potential 

There were about seventy-seven delegates who attended the Conference and the whole country was well represented 

Saturday 23 October

10.30 Welcome Mr David Harrison (Archery GB Chairman) welcome everyone to the 2010 Development Conference 

10.35 The Journey Mr David Reader (National Development Manager) highlighted the activity of the new development department since the launch of the plan earlier this year, and focus on the new objectives for the coming 12 months, such as Club Development, Club Mark. Facilities and fees. Volunteers. Grants. He also outlined the Conference Programme for the weekend 

10.45 Opening Address by The Right Honourable Huw Irranca-Davies, MP. Huw who is now the new Shadow Energy & Climate Change Minister has agree to become our Parliamentary Fellow for the next two years. He outlined what role he can carry out for the sport and what contribution the sport can make to the sporting landscape 

11,10 Archery GB Club Devlopment Programme Arran Coggan, National Club Development Co-ordinator, Archery GB) started of by announcing that on Monday 25 October, the Club Development Plan – ON TARGET will be on-line from the above date. Application forms will be on the Archery GB web site under Development. It is an exciting new programme  offering three new benefits. Recognition – by publishing club names and their achievements. Promoting clubs to partners, schools and the local community, and by organizing annual awards celebrating club and volunteer successes. Rewards – Programme to be available to clubs to access and joining and at stages throughout the scheme. A small grant will be available for clubs from £500 to £1500. Development – Clubs will be able to access resources to develop and enhance the club and its activities 

12.00 Workshop – Implementing the new programme (Facilitators – David Reader, Kate Moss [not the model] and Hannah Bussey) [We were split into three groups and were discussing Specialisms] They believe that these can be young people, community and performance

This ON TARGET programme is not compulsory to join, but they would like clubs to join up  

12.45 Workshop Feedback and Conclusiion One group disliked the term ‘Specialisms’ and suggested it could be called ‘Focus’ 

13,00 Lunch 

14.00 Developing archery through partnerships (Kate Moss, National School & Young People Development Coordinator; and Jane  Kracke, Sports  Manager at Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent)  We ascertained that the funding for the development team came from Sport England. They explain how archery have been working with nearly all county sport partnerships to develop archery and the role of County Development Co-ordinators can support partnership working 

14.45 Workship 2 – Developing archery through partnerships [Again we were split into three groups] We had a chance to discuss the session and see how it could affect in our county 

15.45 Workshop Feedback and conclusion To contact Sport England for list of contacts. Day 1 Thoughts. Club Programme – Giving a Choice – Not Compulsory – Enter at Base Level (specialisms later) – another choice – Do somthing or Do nothing 

16.00 There was a meeting of the County Development Co-ordinators while the rest of us were having coffee 

16.30 We visited the Performance Unit to see the new facilitors and watch the Junior Squad shooting 

Sunday 24 October

09.30 Welcome back by David Harrison 

09.35 How satisfied are archers? (David Reader) There were graphs shown of a survey by IPSOS on behalf of Sport England. 1932 people were surveyed about archery. Archery GB supplied contact details for many of these people, but not all. No views from Under 16s. Views on People and Staff,; Improve performance which is excercise and fitness; Social aspects and ease of participation 

10.30 Coaching young archers (Sue Matthews, of Silver Arrow Archery)  Sue did a presentation on how young people can be encouraged in archery, for example After School Clubs and also included in the curriculum. To make the lessons fun for the children. She did give her web address which is 

11.15 Coffee 

11.45 Coaching young archers – part 2 (Roger Crang,, Xperience Archery and  Deer Park Archers) He gave an history of Deer Park Archers of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire  which started up in 1997 and has 192 members of which 120 are juniors. They ran after school clubs and  run archery sessions in various locations most days of the week 

12.45 Closing Address (Bob McGonigle, Director – Marketing and Development AGB) 

There was a questionnaire that was filled in before we left the hall for lunch  

On our personal views about the weekend we found it very enjoyable, interesting, gained more knowledge of what was going on, but it was not as we thought it was going to be from the draft programme that we obtained from the web site. The programme we received on the day had been altered, which was only the opening of the conference 
Dennis & Marion Saville