Saturday 16th July 2016 saw the second session of the 2016 Wellingborough Colts Junior Archery Team sessions take place. On the build up to the session, the weather had looked decidedly uncertain...We knew it was going to be warm, but would it rain? The session was going to comprise of training followed by a club BBQ. In the days leading up, it seemed
that we might be shooting from under the new shelter and that the BBQ was going to be a rather damp squib!
Fortunately the day started grey but warm and the only question was how many Colts would turn up for training. 10am heralded the start of the session and we were happy that 5 or 6 juniors had turned up and we started to put the bosses up under the instruction of the junior team. In the next ten minutes it seemed that the numbers swelled and we were now looking at a team of 15 rather than the 6 we had started with. Excellent!
After the bosses had been positioned and secured, we were ready to rock and roll. Next came the warm up - the children did well and some of the senior archers made a half-hearted attempt but to be honest, they looked ready to drop!
Once the children had warmed up, the proper coaching started. It is a credit to the club that we had so many senior archers attend to help out. The Colts got together before they started to pose for a team photo and we look forward to seeing many of their faces in future press releases for the achievements they have made! We had a good range of Colts - from children who have only just finished their beginners course, all the way to Jack M who had just heard that he had been selected for the county team (Go Jack! Go Colts!!!)
The sun was shining and the coaching went really smoothly and it was great to take a step back and look at what we had...a group of talented youngsters, enthused club members, supportive parents...a good mix!
The session finished with a round of archery darts. The senior team were smarting from what I'd like to say was a close victory for the Colts in the last session (but what I really mean is that they whooped us good and proper!). It finished a draw (to save the blushes) but good fun was had by all. The children improved their heckling skills and the seniors managed to put each other off enough to make it a close-run event!
Simon made a sterling effort in cooking the food and the session finished how it should...everyone getting to know each other more and having a laugh or two over good food and drink.
Thank you to everyone that attended...I'll see you at the next one!
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