Archery’s coming home!
At the end of May, the European Archery Championship 2016 comes to Nottingham, the sport’s spiritual and historical home – so what better place to build a lasting legacy.
With just days to go, excitement in the city is building. The qualifying rounds will be hosted at the University of Nottingham’s Highfields playing fields between 23-27 May, while the head-to-head finals will take place in a 1500 capacity, purpose-built archery arena in Old Market Square in the city centre, on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. It is set to be a memorable week.
Aiming to build a legacy through boosting participation
But the city’s sporting authorities, in conjunction with Archery GB, are aiming for more than just one week to remember. It aims to build a legacy, utilising some of the £2m in National Lottery funding awarded through Sport England’s Major Events Engagement fund. The money is being used to enhance the way national governing bodies in sport work with the local community before, during and after hosting a major sporting event – with the ultimate aim being to boost participation in the given sport.
Archery GB used some of the funds to appoint a local Development Co-Ordinator, Amy Curnock. Amy has been working tirelessly to provide easier access to what is already an inclusive sport, through sessions at local leisure centres and events. The sessions are open to all ages.
The Archery in Notts campaign aims to raise the profile of the sport throughout Nottinghamshire and get more people of all ages trying archery in 2016, to find out how to get involved or find a local club to try the sport. So far we have engaged hundreds of people in regular sessions, with many more trying the sport at participation events. The event has created the opportunity for this project which has given those who would not normally have the chance, an opportunity to access the sport.Amy Curnock – Development Co-ordinator
Team GB aiming for medals
The Championship itself is set to be a cracker, with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Duncan Busby, Adam Ravenscroft – bronze medallist at last year’s World Championships – and Neil Bridgewater, 2015 National Series champion, already announced in the GB compound team. Joining them will be European Youth Cup silver medallist Daisy Clark, and World Cup and World Championship medallists Naomi Jones and Andrea Gales. KUDOS is proud to supply the kit for Archery GB and we’re looking forward to seeing our athletes take on Europe’s best resplendent in their KUDOS kit.
The recurve teams were announced recently, and tickets for the finals on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May are on sale now.
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