Have-a-go archers hit the bullseye

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY -- seven-year-old twins Reece and Ciaran Wright with their dad, club member Shaun Wright. Shaun's dad, Paul, and eldest son, Liam, are also members -- DISPIC NHUD12-1028-1.

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY -- seven-year-old twins Reece and Ciaran Wright with their dad, club member Shaun Wright. Shaun's dad, Paul, and eldest son, Liam, are also members -- DISPIC NHUD12-1028-1.

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A ‘HAVE-A-Go’ night in Hucknall, promoting the sport of archery, has been hailed a huge success, despite driving wind and rain.

The weather threatened to put a dampener on the event, staged by the Rolls-Royce Bowmen Of Sherwood club, based in the town.

But there was still a fine turnout of budding archers keen to try their hand at the sport — from nine-year-old twins through all age groups.

Now the club, which was founded back in 1956, wants to stage more ‘Have-A-Go’ sessions at its headquarters at the Rolls-Royce sports field, off Watnall Road — possibly every two months.

Already six people have signed up for a beginners’ course the club is running at Rolls.

The club’s coach, Sharon Dicks, and a selection of qualified archers were on hand to introduce visitors to the sport.

They were given a brief safety-talk and then one-to-one instruction on shooting arrows at a target.

“It was really impressive to see how quickly every budding archer took to the bows,” said club spokesman David Jackson.

“About 90% of arrows hit the targets, which were set at ten yards. One particular junior, Archie Penlington, even put his first arrow in to the gold.”

With the growth of the club over the last two years, the Bowmen are now holding more competitions at Rolls.