Penny Healey and her team mate Thomas Susca
Who together won the team GOLD medal
at the European Junior cup in Slovenia
Nine Junior Archers gathered at Eaton Manor to take part in the start of this year’s junior squad training. It was quite a good turnout but anybody who missed this day is welcome to come along next time. This year all the archers are going to have personal coaches and mainly do their individual development work with their personal coach. Time was spent at the beginning of the session in talking to the archers, their parents and the coaches who were there to try and match archers to coaches. Going forward, on squad session days we will focus on preparation for competition, team shooting and dealing with development issues where the archer’s personal coach would like a second opinion.
We spent some time talking about the need to do some regular shooting or training every day. Archers who do not put some effort into their sport by training regularly and practising with a clear purpose in mind will make limited progress. Therefore we talked about how each archer could fit this into their normal day. The overall message was do what you can and little and often is much better than a long session every week or two. It was recommended that archers should try and shoot at least 3 times a week and on the days they cannot shoot do something else archery related.
We had a run through of the theraband training exercises which are shown on the attached sheet. These are exercises that are used by the Romanian National Archery Development Squad. If done properly they train both stamina and strength. They also help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles which are important in shooting and need to be protected from injury. Because they are low impact exercises they are also safe for younger athletes to do on a regular basis. Adults are welcome to try the exercises as well. As the body gets used to the resistance of the theraband you are using either increase the number of repetitions or better still increase the resistance by using a stronger band.
The next squad session will take place in January. There will be a charge of £5.00 a head for this session to pay for the venue hire. I am looking to book the venue over the next few days and then I will post the dates on the website.
Shropshire Junior Archery
Recently 15 Shropshire Junior Archers competed in the West Midland Archery Society Regional intercounty Shoot at King Edward V1 School in Handsworth Birmingham.
Shropshire won the competition and retained the trophy beating teams from Warwickshire-Staffordshire-Worcestershire and Herefordshire all the squad of 15 shot well but at the end only the top 8 scores made the team to lift the trophy.
The shoot also incorporated WMAS v East Midland AS which WMAS won having 4 Shropshire archers in their team.
The Shropshire team consisted of archers aged from 10 years to 17 years and all of them represented the County their clubs and the Sport brilliantly wearing their shirts with pride.
The squad :
Rhian Costall, Megan Costall, Leah Ferriday, Nathan Ferriday, Jessica Hulse, Katie Tonkinson, Lauren Rawlings, Luke Yates, Penny Healey, Robbie Gillman, Toby Wiggin, Tom Wiggin, Katie Mundy-Gill, Violet Walker and Lewis Bodkin.
If you are interested in trying archery go to the Shropshire Archery Society web site and you will find details of all the clubs in Shropshire. The sport caters for all abilities and ages and all the clubs have a junior section.
Shropshire Junior Team Manager
You all did Shropshire proud and were a credit to your clubs and County.All 15 of you performed brilliantly but unfortunately only the top 8 scores made the final team.When the other counties see the remaining 7 scores they will see that we have strength in depth.It was a pleasure to be part of the team.Congratulation to Lauren and Rhian who also shot for the Senior team last Sunday.Ray
- Open to all juniors (up to 18) who want to improve their archery.
- All bow styles are welcome.
- Archers will need to have their own personal equipment including a minimum of 6 arrows. There will be an emphasis of working towards or taking part in competition and archers should be able to show evidence of having shot at least three rounds.
- Archers need to be accompanied by an adult.
- It is desirable that the junior should have a personal coach. Where this is not possible efforts will be made to pair the junior with a personal coach.
- The sessions will aim to support the work with the personal coach to achieve continuity of coaching.
- They will take place bi-monthly at Eaton Manor. The sessions will be subsidised by the County but a small charge on the day will be taken to help cover costs.
- Sessions run between 1:30 and 4:30.
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