2016 Club AGM Chairman's report

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AGM Chairman’s Report 2016

Wednesday 4th January 2016 at St. Patricks College.

On behalf of Banbridge Archery Club, I am delighted to welcome you all here tonight to our annual AGM. This is my first AGM as Chairman so forgive me please if I make any procedural errors. 

2016 has been a very busy year for the club and committee and at this point I would like to thank all committee and club members for your continuing support.

Thinking back to the last January, we the committee had some large shoes to fill and we hope that our hard work has been reflected in the growth of the club. Upon taking up office some of the things we implemented were creating structured beginners courses, this has proven be a great success as we have a success rate of 80% with many beginners joining us as club members afterwards.

Another great addition to the club has been our website, this has proven already to be a great asset as it helps direct newcomers to the club while also giving members a meeting place on-line. Combining this with our active Facebook page and Lisa’s regular club news sheets, I feel all the members are kept up to date with what’s happening.

Throughout the year Lisa and Joanne undertook to structure the indoor sessions, creating fun nights as well as practice and scoring nights. In doing this we hope many of you will feel more confident in venturing out to other club competitions.

During 2016 the club undertook 5 single day shoots and 2, two-day Record Status shoots at Gilford Castle. To add some bling to the shoots the committee designed new medals for all 2 day shoots, this proved to be the talk of the archery community and as such the medals have become highly sought after.

Helping with the shoots at Gilford the addition of having myself as a County Judge has helped the club keep expenses lower at the record status shoots. In conjunction to this we received very positive feedback from all the visiting archers and a huge thank you must go to Lisa and Joanne who did the pegging out the one day shoots.

Also, I would like to thank the work party at the 2 Day shoots, as they helped to make the shoots a great success as it takes a huge amount of work to set out and run the competitions. During the May shoot we had over 80 archers from all over Ireland in attendance and having a complimentary BBQ available to everyone was a great addition to the shoot. Again a special mention must go to the helpers within the club who give their time freely such as Hazel Finlay and Mark McConnell. Without their help I know many hungry archers would be very upset.

Later in the year we also got news from Archery GB that our course was to be awarded “nominated status” this means that Gilford has been recognised as challenging and is only one of two places in Northern Ireland that has been given this award.

The September shoot like the earlier May shoot seen great numbers attend, we even had 2 archers from Australia shoot with us in preparation for the 2016 World Field Championships.

Another highlight to the shooting calendar was the Ulster 3D championships, this is more problematic due to setting the animals in place but again all the clubs hard work paid off. My hope is that this shoot will continue to be a regular addition to our shooting calendar.

In June we returned to the Scarva Game Fair and raised over £800, this allowed the club to purchase new bosses for the field course and stands and bosses for the hall. Other additions for the club came in the form of new gazebo for Gilford.

Along side our regular shoots at Gilford we also like to give back in the form of a charity shoot. This is traditional held at Christmas and is aptly named ‘The Festive Shoot’. This year we raised £500 for Marie Curie Cancer this is in addition to the £512 that was given in February to NASNI from the 2015 Festive Shoot.

I would also like to thank Sarah and Christine at the Castle who continue to be gracious hosts and the Principle of St. Patricks’ and Kevin for looking after us all year in doors.

One of my many highlights as Chairman has been in watching the members grow from their first days shooting to many attending competitions both locally, nationally and internationally.

Special mentions go to Niamh on her Silver medal and great performance at the Northern Ireland Junior Indoor Championships, Susan on her Bronze medal at the Irish Open Indoor Championships. Joanne on her All British title and later in October Joanne shooting for GB along side Robert and Susan shooting for Ireland attended the Worlds Field Championships and all three did the club proud.

Finally, let’s not forget the 2016 Christmas Dinner at Harrys Restaurant, organized by Lisa and successfully supported by ‘Jenga’ and ‘Stack Em’. I think we all would agree that although we are a small club we know how to have fun and with such talent and dedication within the club, our future is very bright.

Thank you for your attention and I wish all the club members, parents and volunteers a happy, safe and healthy 2017.


Andrew Walker


Banbridge Archery Club




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