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About the Club
About the Club

Wellingborough Open Archery Club (WOAC) was founded in 1955 by a group of archery enthusiasts, mainly from Chapmans Box factory on the embankment Wellingborough.  Initially the club shot at St Mary’s Paddock, Victoria School, and at the Dog and Duck football ground, then settling through the 1960’s at Weavers School.

During the 1980’s the club moved to Breezehill School and there followed various moves including to Scott Bader’s sports field at Wollaston and Wollaston Upper School. Finally moving in 2002 to Wrenn School in Wellingborough.  The club still shoots at Wrenn School gymnasium during the winter months.
WOAC has held an annual outdoor competition since 1956, which has, on occasions, attracted up to 100 archers from novices to national champions. Since 1989 an annual indoor competition has been held and from 2008 an additional indoor competition has been added in remembrance of a former club member.
The club is family orientated and caters for archers of all ages and abilities.  We actively welcome archers with disabilities who are able to compete on equal terms with able bodied archers. We also have a thriving junior section.  There are currently 5 qualified coaches, with three more in training and several club members regularly represent Northamptonshire County in competitions.
In 2015 – the club’s 60th Anniversary – we have moved our outdoor shooting field to its new location at Old Grammarians Memorial Sports field in Sywell Road, Wellingborough.  This has enabled us to extend the normal club sessions, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons – to all day, every day archery.

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