Archery youngsters show they are right on target

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A group of Belper youngsters have completed an archery course with great success.

The group, made up of Scouts and Guides, took part in a six-week course which included learning the basics of target archery and building skills and experience. They learnt about the techniques needed to shoot well and accurately and practiced range etiquette. They took bows apart and looked at how they are made and the different uses of them; they even made their own arrows, which they were presented with.

The course was organised by Scout and Guide leaders Graham and Donna Roberts. The participants gained their Master at Arms (Archery) badge or Sports badge as well as Archery GB Progress Awards.

Donna Roberts said: “The course took a lot of commitment and all the participants were really dedicated and interested to learn about archery. We shot on an indoor range as well as managing to get outside for an afternoon shoot and also have a go at Clout archery. All the participants improved noticeably from week to week and by the end of the course, they were able to offer each other peer support and advice and work in small groups for a shoot.”

The finale of the course was a full test of all the skills previously learnt.