Council helps local archery club find new venue

Telford & Wrekin Council have supported a local archery club to find a new permanent base for them to develop the sport for children, young people and adults in the borough.

After the Shooting Stars Archery Club (formerly Allscott Heath Archers) were advised to leave their existing premises, they contacted the council for help and were offered a new venue on the centre’s athletics track of Oakengates Recreation.

Thanks to the new permanent base, the club, which organizes three sessions a week, now encourages more people to take up the sport. The club offers initiation sessions and is also part of the council’s Kids4£1 summer programme, offering children the perfect opportunity to try archery during the six week holiday for just £1.

Councilor Kelly Middleton (Lab) Cabinet Member for Recreation, Public Health and Wellbeing, Equalities and Partnerships said: “When we were approached by the Shooting Stars Archery Club earlier this year, we knew how important it was for us to find them a venue that would allow them to develop their current sporting offering in Telford and Wrekin. As a council, we are on the side of our residents, our priority is to ensure that all children, youth and adults in the community have the opportunity to participate in a variety of healthy sports activities throughout our borough. If you’re looking to get into a new sport, I encourage everyone to contact me and give it a try!”

Kreseda Smith, Club President, commented: “It’s great to be at the center and finally have a permanent home for the club.

“This security has now allowed us to sign up for Archery GB’s ‘ontarget’ program and begin to rebuild and grow our membership base. Our club is very community oriented and welcomes people of any age, ability or background to join the sport. We believe everyone should have access to sport; two of our members shoot in wheelchairs.

Steve Bliss, Club Secretary, added: “We also host regular skill building challenges where members are awarded coveted badges, host fun shoots and we also host county competitions. Our existing members will always be on hand with advice and encouragement to help new members develop their own archery skills and confidence.

The new Oakengates Leisure Center site also provides the club with on-site storage space for its sports equipment, free parking, disabled access and lighting to enable the club to operate year-round.

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Are represented in the photo:

Steve Phipps – Training Officer

Matthew Newens – Head of Leisure Group Operations and Southwater Telford & Wrekin Council

Steve Bliss – Club Secretary

Cllr Kelly Middleton (Labour) Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Wellbeing, Equalities and Partnerships Telford & Wrekin Council

Brian Eades – Membership/Records – Officer