The club would be nothing without the help of volunteering members. We encourage everyone to help out at club organised events and to get involved in the running of the club. Glasgow Archers is, after all, what you make it and these can be pretty sociable events. Its a good way to see the club and the more senior members outwith the customary focus on shooting.
Bi-Annual Clean up: twice a year we have an equipment day where our containers are cleaned out, targets are repaired and shopping lists prepared. If you are of a tidy nature or handy with a screwdriver or even just willing to wield a broom with vigour, come down to the field … its a very social occasion, there can be biscuits!
Competitions and Events: you can assist at competitions by being present before, during and/or after the event. Here the field party sets up the field, helps move targets, looks for lost arrows (this happens to the competitive minded as well) and puts the targets away at the end of the competition. You don’t have to stay all day and can just come and help for a couple of hours. Highlight of the day for the field party setting up the range is the supplied Breakfast of Archers – the Roll and Lorne Sausage! Truly the food of the (archery) gods!
For those who like things that are a bit more involved in the running of the club:
Range Safety: Every archery session needs a Line Captain. This is the person charged with controlling when people shoot and when they collect. He/she also ensures the range is safe to shoot before allowing archers to approach the line. They have the authority to exclude archers or close the range if safety is in question. He/she has a shiny whistle which is blown with authority!
Currently we have ONE person willing to do this on a regular basis. It would be nice if we could get some volunteers to take turns. Our current Line Captain will be shooting but can get pulled away for technical discussions, club business or even safety concerns so the odd delay is inevitable. So be patient or better still, why not volunteer to be a Line Captain?
Equipment Safety: Club equipment takes a bit of a beating and is in need of maintenance the whole year round. If you have an interest in leaning how to fletch arrows, repair strings, maintain bows, reband bosses etc …… make yourself known to a committee member.
Mentoring: if you are an experienced archer, you can help newer/less experienced members by encouraging them on the shooting line, sharing experience and giving advice. You don’t need to be a coach, you just need to be willing! As the club currently has a large number of newer archers, your help and guidance would be appreciated.
This is, if one of our willing mentors is any indication, the opportunity to impress upon impressionable noobs that hoyt are rubbish, compounders need those training wheels and Ki Bo Bae is an archery goddess!
Coaching: if you want to take things further you can qualify to become a coach. Coaching courses are run at regular intervals in Scotland by the SAA. The club and the Scottish Archery Association can help you with funding. Level 1 coaches don’t need a high level of knowledge, just enthusiasm about the sport and a willingness to help beginners.
Join the Committee: committee members are elected once a year at the AGM. They look after the running of the club including booking the venue, supplying and fixing equipment, supplying targets and faces, organising events, session booking, running competitions and controlling on field operations. If you would like to give it a go then be sure to speak to an existing member of the committee to learn more about the roles and what they involve. Here is our current team.
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