New members is the archery target for Bowmen

Competition winner Janina Sweeny gets some practice in on the Chichester Bowmen range  Picture by Bev Downie
Competition winner Janina Sweeny gets some practice in on the Chichester Bowmen range Picture by Bev Downie

The weather was perfect for the first of two have-a-go sessions at the Chichester Bowmen range.

Around 25 people aged from eight years upwards took advantage of the opportunity to spend two hours learning how to safely shoot a bow, and then getting plenty of practice shooting at 10m targets.

Everyone had a great time including Janina Sweeny, winner of the Observer competition to win two spaces on the session. Janina proved to be quite a natural at archery despite only having tried it once previously and she was hitting the gold with unnerving frequency.

The next course on the Chichester Bowmen calendar is the May beginners’ course which runs for four hours on May 10 followed by two hours on the evening of May 14, four hours on May 17 and then two final hours on the evening of May 21.

This course is a great introduction to the sport of archery and provides the experience needed to join the club and take your archery to the next level.

Chichester Bowmen welcome beginners to the club and have a good selection of equipment available on a lease scheme so there is no need to invest in your own kit until you are comfortable shooting.

The Archery Big Weekend is being held on Saturday, May 24, and is a chance for everyone eight and over to try archery free of charge at the range in Oaklands Park. Simply turn up between midday and 4pm. Closed toed shoes are essential.

BEV DOWNIE