After 47 years of shooting at Craigholme school on the North East corner of Pollock park in Glasgow … Glasgow Archers has had to close its doors for the foreseeable future. Craigholme school ran into financial trouble and the premises including the sports hub have been sold. This resulted in all lets being cancelled as of 11th December 2020 so we have no home. Our last session was Sunday 6th December 2020.
We will be looking for a new home and the committee hope to be able, at some point, to paraphrase a quote from Mark Twain and inform everyone in Scottish archery …. “The report of our death is greatly exaggerated.”
During our time at Craigholme we hosted … 30ish Scottish Archery Outdoor Championships (starting 1985/86); 3 x Scottish FITA Stars; 2 x Internationals – Scotland v Wales 1994 & Scotland v Netherlands 1996(?); the only Grand FITA held in Scotland (1990); 45 Glasgow Open Championships; almost 20 (4th of July) American competitions with BBQ and fancy dress; 15 Glasgow Indoor Competitions ~ and we only ever had about 3 cancellations and 3 abandonments due to weather which for Glasgow is damn near as good as it gets.
The club would like to thank EVERYONE from nearly 5 decades of archery at Craigholme who … ran the club, shot with us, coached us, worked on field parties, competed in our competitions, made the field party’s breakfasts and adjudicated for us at competitions. To those who squelched through the mud, endured the rain, waded (and in one case ‘swam’) in the lakes around the 70m mark, shivered in the freezing cold and over-ate at the annual American BBQ … we hope you will remember archery at Craigholme fondly. And for those that want one last look at the field … how I want to remember Craigholme.
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So … Glasgow Archers! We were formed in 1948 (back then some of our members shot in pubs on dart boards against darts players!!!) and have catered for archers of all abilities and styles (except crossbow) though-out that time. From humble beginnings, the club has grown and contracted over the years depending on the current popularity of archery. We currently have 60 members but at present, no home. We are still affiliated with the Scottish Archery Association, Archery GB and with World Archery.
From beginners to internationally competitive archers, the majority of archery abilities, styles and bow types are present and actively encouraged. Coaching and mentoring are hugely important to us with our more experienced members, in addition to our coaches, assisting beginners as they progress. Glasgow Archers is honoured to have coach David Hutton as our chairman and coach Michael Mather (one time internationalist and past CEO of Scottish Archery) on our team.
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