Saturday 28th May 2016 marked the first outdoor training session for the Wellingborough Colts junior archery team. We had lovely conditions with the sun making an appearance for most of the session and (unusually) little wind. We had a good turnout of juniors with some well-established members as well as some who have only just passed their beginners course (showing excellent enthusiasm).
The session started with a warm-up using 'soft archery' equipment. The children shot a 'Flight' round, vying for the furthest distance.
It was very close between Jack M and Ria but she pipped him to the post, shooting one foot further. The juniors then moved on to shoot a couple of ends of (improvised) clout (using hoops laid out on the field). It was soon decided that it was quite tricky by the boys, although the girls seemed to relish in the challenge with Charlotte being top scorer - there were shouts of 'girl power' but the boys kept their cool for the coaching session.
There should be special thanks to all of the senior archers that attended to support the Colts. Sage advice was handed out by Simon, Stuart, Pat and Pete. Paul and I also chipped in now and then but we had the important task of dashing off to the local supermarket to stock up on food for the BBQ that was to follow (I misjudged how many people would attend and had woefully underestimated the amount of food needed).
As we returned, loaded up with more chicken, burgers and sausages (whoops...we forgot the salad!), the Colts were ready for a challenge and we started a round of archery darts with the juniors shooting against the senior archers and coaches - it was 501 down with the team who got to zero first winning. All of the juniors shot well with Saasha, the three Jacks, Charlotte, Ria and Michael taking huge chunks out of the total with every end. I would like to say that it was close but the Colts were victorious and beat us soundly. On the final end, the seniors were left needing over a hundred but the Colts reached their target of 65 before the final archer had even shot their arrows (the seniors took it well but I did at one point say that I taking my ball home and not playing anymore!).
During the archery darts, Simon had fired up the barbie and I must say he did a sterling job of cooking the food for us! Michael's mum must be thanked for the delicious cakes and also thank you to the other people who supplied food. Isaac won the 'bottomless pit' competition, as he didn't stop eating! During the BBQ we were joined by quite a few club members and a merry time was had by all!