British archery is in pretty rude health at the moment – and it’s just received another boost after it was announced our archers at Tokyo 2020 will receive government funding after all.
In November 2016 it was announced that archery – along with other sports including badminton – would have all of its government and lottery funding for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo removed, a bitter blow described by Archery GB at the time as “very disappointing although not entirely unexpected”.
Funding reinstated after a fine 2017 for British archery
Despite that setback, British archers flourished in 2017, enjoying a fine year in which world rankings were significantly improved and a whole host of archers won medals across the different age groups and categories – including a bronze in the mixed team event at the Archery World Championships.
Archery GB submitted its Annual Investment Review in December 2017 and met with UK Sport in January 2018, where they were able to demonstrate continued upward performance trajectory – based on changes in performance thinking, world-leading coaching as well as a glut of committed and talented archers.
The funding reprieve will allow Archery GB to support training as well as coaching, competitions, travel, equipment and expert sport science and medicine for the British Olympic Team. Archery GB has also received additional coaching and programme support for our Paralympic Team – another boost that will strengthen an already strong and successful Para set-up.
David Tillotson, Archery GB Director of Sport, said:
Our increased performance capability over 2017 and the introduction of the Mixed Team event for Tokyo 2020, has brought about our increasing international competitiveness. We have learnt fast and committed quickly to what we needed to do to increase the probability of medals. We appreciate UK Sport’s support for our progress and this funding will allow us to move on with our thinking and preparation as we seek to deliver medals this year at the European Championships and qualify at the first attempt for Tokyo, at the World Championships in Holland 2019. David Tillotson, Archery GB Director of Sport
KUDOS is delighted with the news and looks forward to continuing its relationship with Archery GB through 2018 and beyond.
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