As the UK escaped the lockdowns caused by covid, the much reduced membership of 13 met in September 2021 but steadily grew in numbers before delivering four beginners' courses in February & March 2022.
With the increasing membership came the need for more qualified coaches.
Two of our archers readily agreed to take on the Archery GB training course. Once qualified they'll be supporting the club as a whole and helping individual members, particularly the newer archers, to develop their archery knowledge and shooting skills.
Our two clubmates are each giving up many hours of their time for ten sessions of training culminating in two full days of training so that they can use their new coaching techniques with club members once they're fully qualified Archery GB coaches.
We thank them for their generosity of spirit and commitment to the members of our club.
Other good news!... The ArcheryGB Session Coach training course mentioned above isn't free, in fact it's rather expensive!
The good news is that our club has secured a community funding grant from Believe Housing that will cover the vast majority of the cost of the training for two new coaches.
The staff at Believe Housing were amazingly courteous and supportive of our application, offering guidance all the way through until the week when the board made grants available to our club as well as to other organisations in the local community.
On behalf of everyone at East Durham Archers, our committee express' heartfelt thanks to Believe Housing for their generous support.
The grant will enable our club coaching team to grow and share this excellent sport with more people in our community.