Trust grants key to Deer Park Archersâ€™ future plans
Press Releases - 02/07/2015
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust has awarded almost Â£33,000 to Deer Park Archers, one of the biggest and most successful archery clubs in the UK.
The grant, generated by funds from the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental Ltd, will enable the archery club to continue to develop their recently purchased ground at Shurdington near Cheltenham, which 30 years ago was an inert material landfill site.
The funding will allow essential drainage to be installed to facilitate all year round use and ensure that participation for those with disabilities is not affected during wet spells.
Work will begin immediately after the ground's official opening on the 12 July 2015. The event will be attended by Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Manager, John McLaughlin, and the grounds officially opened by Cheltenham Business Partnership Manager, Kevan Blackadder.
Roger Crang, the club's development officer said: "The club has full planning consent for a covered shooting area and a club house and without this type of support our ambitious plans would be little more than a dream and having a sound playing surface is a fundamental step in our development.
"We are very grateful to the support and interest that the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust has provided."
The Deer Park Archers club prides itself on the work it does in the community, leading the Gloucestershire Archery School Games at primary and secondary level across the county, working in recreation centres to promote the sport and has recently been awarded a grant by Gloucestershire County Council as part of their 'Active Together' programme to run Saturday morning open community have-a-go sessions at the ground.
While the club has had massive success with producing Performance Archers at International Level and has recently had two juniors winning medals at the World Youth Championships in the USA, it prides itself in developing the whole person not just the archer. The club has members of all abilities and has a large inclusion section, working closely to promote archery for those with both physical and learning disabilities.
Members have raised half of the Â£100,000 spent on ground purchase and development and have submitted an application for a Â£75,000 lottery grant towards the cost of installing facilities and a 90ft covered shooting area, the outcome of which will be known in October.
The club has also planted more than 1500 trees and hedging plants to create a great environment for their field course and target range.
Visit the club's website at deerparkarchers.co.uk to find out more.