I hope you are all enjoying the summer. Traditionally, reports are written for AGM’s, but as some of you already know, I’m not a fan of following tradition blindly, so I’m writing this ‘mid-term report’ now, partly to let you all know what’s happening, and partly to ask for your help and advice.
Earlier this year I ran an indoor “Inter-Club Challenge” along similar lines to various other postal leagues. I got a lot of good feedback from those who took part, but I would love to know what could be done to improve it for next indoor season, and for those who didn’t take part: why not? (Wrong format, bad timing, poor communication, etc.)
As I write this, the Pentangle has just completed. For those that don’t know about it, this is an annual outdoor competition between the three Scottish Areas, and the two northernmost English Areas, that rotates location, and this year is in Glasgow. We were able to send full Recurve teams, both Ladies & Gents, plus partial Longbow and Compound teams, and in the words of the Team Captain (Joan Smith) “the East Area did very well at what turned out to be a Triangle rather than a Pentangle”. There are various photos on Facebook, and a note of the results as we know them – congratulations to all, if only for surviving the mud!
Archers from the Area have also attended a number of high-profile events this summer. I don’t have official results for everything, and don’t want to miss anyone out, so I will just say well done to all of you.
For a little while now, the Area has had an official polo-neck shirt. These are good quality, but fairly expensive, and have quite a long delivery time, which makes it difficult for the committee to organise. Therefore for the Pentangle we are trialling a much cheaper T- shirt from a quicker alternative supplier – we would welcome any comments on this, and particularly any suggestions for a future supplier, (particularly those that do a ‘Print on demand’ service) from any clubs who have looked into custom clothing recently. If you look on Facebook you should be able to find a post showing three of the Pentangle team modelling these T-Shirts.
When I took on this job, I rather expected to be inundated with opinions about coaching, but instead the silence has been deafening. Everyone in archery needs a little coaching from time to time, though everyone has different needs. Maybe the silence is because everyone is happy, but if not get in touch and let us know what you would like the Area to provide – we have rather limited funds, but whatever level you are at, we are here to help.
We are also able to help if you wish to learn more about coaching, as a ‘Leader’, as a Level One Coach, or above.
On a very similar note, we would like to get back to having a semi-permanent squad of archers (both Junior and Adult) who are ready, able and willing to compete in events like the Pentangle and the AGB County Team Champs. It would also be good if someone would be willing to step forward and act as Manager, whether that is someone within the squad, a non-shooting partner, or best of all a coach.
Two of the three biggest problems with running a squad in the past has been the cost of hall-hire; and travel difficulties. To that end we would like to investigate the possibility of running things a little differently, with more emphasis on making use of ‘normal’ club sessions, and a ‘mobile’ coaching team, so again we would welcome as many comments as you can write.
My entire committee attended a conference with SAA recently, in which coaching was discussed, (amongst many other things,) and while nothing concrete has been agreed, we would love to hear from any coaches who would be willing to visit clubs in their local area (or beyond) to carry out ‘coaching for hire’.