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Message from the English Archery Federation

EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT OF IMPORTANT AND EXCITING NEWS (Especially for Compound archers) FROM THE ENGLISH ARCHERY FEDERATION The English Archery Federation (EAF) has been awarded substantial funding from Sport England to provide a development program for a group of top performing compound archers to undertake training towards competing in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. The Games are scheduled to take place in India in November 2010. The programme for this will require commitment from the archers selected to undertake training and competition (international and home events), similar to that for recurve archers under the GNAS World Class Performance plan, over the next two and a half years. The places on the programme will be subject to continued performance achievement throughout this period and substitutions may be made if appropriate. Selection of the final team members to compete in The Games will be made nearer the time. All compound archers who reach the qualification score will be eligible, and selection will be made at a later date (following the end of the summer outdoor tournament season) when all applications are received. Training is intended to start over the winter months. This is an early notification. Sport England has advised EAF by telephone that our application has been successful. As soon as the formal written confirmation and conditions are received from Sport England further details will be published and placed on the English Archery Federation website: www.englisharcheryfederation.org EAF has established a sub-committee which submitted the bid and will manage the programme, the members are: Les Smeeton (chairman). EMAS, Ted Burnham. SCAS and Dave Harris. WMAS This is great news for Compound archers we believe this is the first time that governmental funding has been granted for compounds. Would you please be kind enough to inform all secretaries in your counties by sending on this document and ask them to forward this information in turn to all clubs in their area so that archers can be prepared! Information prepared 05/07/2007

Our juniors do well in National Championships

Amanda, David and Michael travelled up to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall over the weekend to compete in the Junior FITA Star and Junior National Championships and performed very well. David Collier - 6th place in the Metric 1 and 8th place in the Bristol 1 Michael Hopkins - 5th place in the Metric 3 and 6th place in the Bristol 3 Amanda Collier - 6th place in the Bristol 3 You might be interested to know that Mathew Cole, the winner of this years Gulliver Bursary, finished in 1st place in the Bristol 1 round on the Championship day. A full list of results can be found here.

A busy week at the range

It has been a busy week with visits from the golfers on Wednesday, Thames Valley Advanced Motorcyclists on Saturday and the Friendship Shoot on Sunday and the weather was fantastic for each event. Even the Red Arrows made (very) brief flying visit on Saturday.

Good form

Not bad form for a golfer! We had a Gold Sweep on the bikers day which was won by Keith who kindly handed the £10 to Dirty Dave as a donation to the Air Ambulance.

Keith and Dirty Dave

There were some very impressive machines parked on the field There were some inpressive machines on display

but I think Irene was more impressed by the leathers! Irene eyeing up the leathers

Summer Shooting

There was a good turnout on Wednesday evening and with the beginners course starting as well it was a busy evening at the field. We have 22 beginners on the course this year. Reminder of outdoor shooting: Sunday - Target day - See the events calendar - Greens and Whites to be worn. Wednesday daytime - Target day - See the events calendar - Greens and Whites to be worn. Wednesday evening - Coaching and practice evening - open to all club members. Thursday evening - Club night - Bring your own food for the BBQ! Saturday morning - Coaching and practice - open to all club members.

Donations

New Sway Bowmen Club House

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