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Club Members receive Folders and Clinibands

Current club members of Ely Archers are to receive their own A4 club folders and zip bags as well as a cliniband in order to practice their archery drills and skills at home.

Ely Archers applied to the Archery GB Club Recovery Fund grant scheme in 2020 which was providing funds for archery clubs to support their re-opening and current members as well as attract new members via beginners classes. Ely Archers came up with a plan to cover both of these aspects within the remit of the grant scheme.

Ely Archers asked for some of the grant money to go towards supplying their current members with club A4 folders containing lots of archery and club information as well as details on the official Archery GB warm up routines. Together with this 40m of Cliniband was purchased, so that each member could have their own cliniband at home for stretching and for practicing their archery drills.

Archery GB covered 75% of the costs of the items, with the club needing to supply the other 25%. But in the end the club did not need to as the Cambridgeshire Archery Association (CAA) came to the rescue and offered to support the club and provide the extra 25% required.

“It’s great to know that if we ever end up back in lockdown or our shooting is restricted in some way our archers can still use the clinibands at home. Plus they now have a club folder in which to keep all their club information. This would not have been possible without the help of Archery GB and the CAA” commented Daniel Coe, Chair of Ely Archers.

Ely Archers Folders and Clinibands

Welcome Back to Archery

We are pleased to let you know that following the guidance from ArcheryGB and the government, we are able to start shooting outside from 29th March. We are thankful to The King’s School who have confirmed we have permission and access to use the Amherst field.

The first available weekend for us is the Easter weekend, and as this is also the scheduled date for the Ely Boat Race, the first shooting session planned is instead going to be Saturday 3rd April from 09:30am.

A summary of the guidance from AGB can be found here:

Each archery session is planned to be run with the same format as last year; by asking members to book slots through the website. Members will receive a separate email when booking becomes available. We’ll continue to review the guidance as the restrictions are lifted, and make any changes as they are needed.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members if you have any concerns or questions. We will be happy to help.

We look forward to being able to see you all back out on the archery field at some point very soon!

Successful Clout Week

For one whole week during September the club gave its members the chance to try clout archery. Members could practice and find out their ideal distance from 100, 140 and 180 yards. At the end of the week on the Sunday we all came together in two details (socially distanced) to shoot a scored single clout round.

Breezy weather all week long made the clout shooting unpredictable from session to session, but on Sunday Ely Archers saw some good consistent scoring from a number of archers. It was amazing to see the juniors shooting 100 yards+ with only roughly 18 pound limbs and thoroughly enjoying it in the process.

We finished off the day with a “rain of arrows” and this can be seen on YouTube here:

Here are the overall scores for the Sunday clout for anyone that scored at least one point!

Here are some images from the day, with more images available in our gallery section.

A video slideshow of the day is also available on YouTube here:

Thank you to Karen, Wojtek and Mike for the images.

Archery Indoor Awards Show

As we had to finish the indoor season rather abruptly without finishing our indoor Bray league or shooting the indoor Portsmouth handicap. We have thrown together a video on YouTube covering the winners of the following rounds/shoots:

  • Indoor Handicap Portsmouth
  • Friday Night Bray League
  • Overall Best Improved Handicap

You can find the video on our YouTube channel (the video is better suited to desktop PC screen, laptop or TV):

Return to Archery – We’re ready!

Thank you for your patience whilst Ely Archers prepared for our return to archery.  We are now ready to welcome you back to Ely Archers to shoot. King’s School, Ely have kindly spent several days getting the Amherst Field ready for us.

We are following the Archery GB Phase One guidelines. Until restrictions are lifted, we will have to shoot with some restrictions in place, just like other sports who are now restarting.

One of the main rules is that we can only have one archer or household per target. As we have 10 targets, we have also had to create an online booking system. You must pre-book your one-hour session before arriving for archery practice.

Our first few sessions will really be a test of our procedures and to see what demand is like. So please bear with us, as some things may change.

These are baby steps and a way of getting back into archery. So please look upon them as a way of getting some fresh air and coming and practicing shooting your bow for an hour a couple of times a week.

Now please read the important guidelines and details on how we intend to run the sessions:

This document together with a risk assessment can also be found on our rules and policies page:

We plan to have our first shooting sessions on Sunday morning (7th June 2020).

Max 50 yards distance. When booking your distance, please think first. Remember you have not shot outside for a while – or at all for a while!

Booking is now open for Sunday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Bookings open a week in advance.

Please look in your email inbox (or junk folder) for an email from the club that contains the booking web link.

See you on the range!