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Our Innovation in Archery award!

Norton Archers is a friendly, dynamic club on Teesside with members who shoot for both pleasure and competition. We were named Club of the Year at the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Club, Volunteer and Coach Awards 2011 within our first year of existence, and continue to go from strength to strength; in March 2013 we were presented with our first national award, the ontarget Innovation in Archery Award, and in May 2014 our Head Coach Dave Kelsey received the ontarget Volunteer of the Year Award!

(In fact, we have so many awesome volunteers that we introduced a Spirit of Norton award scheme to celebrate them all - check out the recipients here!)

We are open to all archers who are Archery GB affiliated members (please email to let us know if you want to come along to a session and bring your Archery GB card with you), and if you would like to take up archery for the first time we also run 5-session beginners' courses; these are a requirement to coach you in shooting safely before joining any archery club. More information on the courses can be found on our beginners' page, including the process for registering your interest in taking a course with us.

We shoot at Norton Sports Charity (directions on the Contact Us page). If you would like to ask anything about the club please feel free to contact us via email if your question does not feature on our list of Frequently Asked Questions; we have over 100 members and our committee members are all volunteers so although we are very happy to answer any specific queries you may have to help you out it would also really help us out if you check that your question hasn't already been answered on the FAQs list - thanks!

Norton Archers volunteers at our Archery Big Weekend event, May 2015

The answer is 'yes' - now, what was the question?

Open To All
Anyone over the age of 8 years can apply for membership or take a beginners' course with us, although under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you would like to take a beginners' course and feel that you may have to adjust the way you shoot due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with our coaches at any time; archery is a very inclusive sport and our coaches have had training from the Head Coach for Paralympic Archery at London 2012 to help adapt the standard shooting style for a range of disabilities, including visual impairments and spinal injuries.

In terms of the styles of archery we take part in, our members use a wide range of bows (including Olympic-style recurve bows, longbows, compound bows and more) for target archery during practice sessions and in competitions, and attend field archery, clout and flight competitions in addition. Our competition achievements are all recorded on our Twitter feed - as you can see, we're having a great year with archers of all ages and experience levels winning competitions and setting records!

We are affiliated to Archery GB, Durham and Northumberland Archery Association (DNAA) and Northern Counties Archery Society (NCAS). We are also part of Archery GB's club development programme, ontarget, with a Community Specialism within the ontarget programme, and are proud to have supported the Archery Big Weekend and Join In Olympic/Paralympic legacy programme by holding have-a-go days in 2012 through to 2016. We're already looking forward to the 2017 event so please check back nearer the time for information on how to get your own introduction to the sport with one of our qualified coaches - but just a warning: you'll definitely get the archery bug!

We have taken part in the Evening Gazette Wish Sport Token appeal twice over the last few years; click here for the article featuring us as one of the participating clubs in 2013, and thank you to everyone who collected tokens for us!

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Dave McCullogh receiving training on disability coaching from Tim Hazell, Head Coach for 
Paralympic Archery at London 2012

Dave McCullogh receiving training on disability coaching from Tim Hazell, Head Coach for Paralympic Archery at London 2012

We would like to extend a special thank you to Priory Archers for their support during our setting up period.

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