Richard Custance

Richard Custance - County Coach

Richard has now moved away from the area to be closer to his grandchildren, but the club would like to place on record its thanks for the guidance, help and advice that he has given to 100's of club members over the the years of his involvement with club, he gave selflessly and helped many archers from beginners, taking some of them all the way through to shooting for Great Britain.

Richard Thank You !!!

Susan Custance

Susan Custance - Instructor

Susan like her husband Richard has now moved away from the area to be closer to their grandchildren, but the club would like to thank Susan for all the help and advice that she gave to club members both beginners and more experienced !

Thank You ! Susan

Gordon Parker


Gordon Parker - Level 2 Coach

Before his retirement Gordon worked for BT for over 42 years. As part of that role he delivered technical and commercial training.

Gordon's involvement with archery dates back over 50 years, from as far back as he can remember there was always a straw bale butt in the garden at which his parents shot. In 1967 he joined the Pine Tree Archers, a field archery club in Suffolk, but a move to Lincolnshire in 1969 put an end to formal archery for a number of years. When an opportunity arose a few years later, Gordon joined Nene Bowman followed by a move to the Bowmen of Rutland in 1997. Gordon still remembers the warmth of the welcome that he and his daughters received on joining the club.

Gordon has achieved First Class classification in both recurve and compound archery. However, an eyesight problem in 2002 curtailed his activities and his desire to compete. At about that time he became a coach and has been a Level 2 coach for a number of years. He is also a past Chairman and Treasurer of the club.

Gordon is determined to extend the same warmth and support to new members that he received and makes a point of joining the newer archers on the shooting line. He likes to think that his coaching style reflects and projects his passion for the sport.

Three generations of the Parker family have been involved in archery so far; maybe it will be 4 generations soon!

Ian Jones - Level 1 Coach

Ian joined the club in 2009 having attended one of our beginners courses. He qualified as a Level 1 coach in 2018. Ian mainly shoots longbow with occasional outings for his recurve bow.

With his "other hat" on Ian is also a Level 2 Clay Pigeon shooting coach and has been known to organise clay shooting events for the Bowmen of Rutland.


     Huw Matravers - Level 1 Coach

Huw is the newest member of our coaching team, qualifying as a Level 1 coach in the summer. Huw is a very    enthusiastic coach, coaching on our beginners courses and coaching club members.