Updates from 7 July 2010 given in bold
To all members, it's been good to see as many of you as possible shooting this outdoors this year and enjoying the weather which so far has been better than last season I'm told.
We have taken on seven new members since the end of winter/start of summer season, welcome to you all!
In terms of competition results there have been some good scores which I will update on separately when I have more time.
In the meantime here's a quick plea to club members as to why the club needs you:
Outside of the University clubs we are currently the second largest club in Scotland as measured by number of senior members.
We offer more shooting sessions than any of the other clubs that I have been chatting to.
Our fee structure is cheaper than the majority of clubs that I have been chatting to, indeed were you to shoot all three sessions per week that’s 12 sessions per month for £10 which is incredibly good value for money.
How is this all possible? Because the club carries out other fundraising events such as 'come and try' and competitions which raise income to supplement the membership fee income. This ancillary income is necessary to pay for our rental obligations at the schools in the winter season which lasts about 8 months of the year. Without this ancillary income we would probably run an operating loss which is not sustainable.
Whilst we want as many of you as possible to compete and represent the club (and most importantly have a great deal of fun participating) it is accepted that there will always be a number of archers who want to shoot socially and not enter competitions. This is fine, in fact the social archers are the ones who keep the club going every week. However I wanted to make the point that the reason the club can offer so many shooting sessions at such low cost is because of this cross subsidy from these other events.
Therefore on behalf of myself, the committee and the greater club please do get involved in these events. If you don't want to shoot in the competitions that's ok but please spare a few hours of your time to help set them up / pack them away. Equally so events such as the come and try run by Iain Hogg at Linlithgow help the club massively, please spare an hour or two to help out with these when they come up.
Many hands make light work and at the moment the fees in the club are being kept low by the work of too few I'm afraid so PLEASE help out.
20th Anniversary Shoot on 10/11 July - at the moment there are only two entries from the club - we're not exactly shouting to the world how happy we are about our birthday. For those that want to enter a competition but think they are too new or not good enough this really is a good chance to see how they work. It really would be good to get more club entries so please do enter. If you don't want to shoot we will need your help to lay out the field, move bosses, keep scores etc. again please come forward and volunteer to join the field party ASAP.
Entries now include Josie, David, Struan and Gordon on the compound side and Murray, Tom, Kev and John on the recurve side.
Great stuff guys - lot's of Balbardie shirts to be seen hopefully!
Balbardie v Falkirk 3rd Leg 14 July (Falkirk) - Falkirk are challenging us with a team of four recurves if you can make this shoot and want to represent the club please contact Kev ASAP.
Team confirmed as Murray, Kev, Donald & John - thanks to all and in particular to John for stepping up for the club team for the first time.
Bannockburn Grand Prix 16 July (Stirling) - We are entering a team into the new Tour D'Ecosse 2010 team competition. Any archer of any standing with any bow style can enter. We need at least four for this event so if you can make this shoot and want to represent the club please contact Kev ASAP.
The rules on this have been changed to a team of three. Team confirmed as Kev, Jim & Anna - abig thanks to the Bensons for their first outing representing the club.
Scottish Grand Prix 20 August (Stirling) - We are entering a team into the new Tour D'Ecosse 2010 team competition. Any archer of any standing with any bow style can enter. We need at least four for this event so if you can make this shoot and want to represent the club please contact Kev ASAP.
Club Outdoor Championships 29 August - so far the numbers entered has been insufficient to run the event (Donald and I can just have a shoot off and that sorts out the recurve prize), unfortunately the competition and fun BBQ which many people asked for will have to be cancelled due to a lack of entries unless more people enter soon. If you are interested please contact Kev ASAP.
Entries are now Josie, David, Struan and Gordon on the compound side and Donald, John and Kev on the recurve side. The competition will go ahead but the more we get the more fun it will be and the more feasible the BBQ becomes.
An apology - there has been an occasion where no key holder for the container was present and therefore people couldn't shoot that night, this was a rare and unfortunate occurrence. A system has been put in place to try and ensure this does not happen again - apologies to any archers who could not shoot on that night.
For those attending the Anniversary shoot this weekend I will see you there!