£100,000 grant awarded to county archery club by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust
Press Releases - 16/05/2018
Cheltenham's Deer Park Archers have received a £100,000 grant to support the development of a Clubhouse and Education Centre at their grounds in Shurdington.
The funding, provided by the Landfill Communities Fund and awarded by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust is a boost to the fundraising undertaken by the Club's 270 members and in addition to grants received from other organisations.
The money will facilitate the completion of the toilets, kitchen and community classroom area to finish the project by October 2018. The Club will continue to raise the necessary funds to complete the full project over the next few years.
Roger Crang, the Club's Development Officer and one of its Directors said: "We are indebted to the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for the support they have provided us with, it will provide us with the springboard to complete the project and allow us to continue with the development of our archers and volunteer workforce which will allow us to further increase our role in the community.
"Our track record demonstrates that we are far more than just an archery club and that we deliver on our programmes. The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust also supported an earlier project to install drainage across the playing area to increase usage, membership levels and access for those with limited mobility which has proved a great success."
The Club has had unprecedented success both on and off the field of play and now has two World Champions, World Record holders, a Paralympic representative and many members in GB National Squad Programmes, an excellent coach development programme supporting over 30 coaches and supports the very successful Gloucestershire School Games programme, despite limited facilities to date. This has resulted in the club being recognised for many awards both sporting, volunteer management and general community.
This award will ensure sustainability, increased participation, an improved experience of a very inclusive sport and further success both on and off the field of play.