The Bowmen of Rutland has a Junior Club which is an active part of the main club. We have a number of junior members at present ranging from 7 to 17 years of age.
A large number of our junior archers have gone on to represent their County, Leicester and Rutland County Archery Association (L&RCAA), and their Region, East Midland Archery Society (EMAS). In the past a couple of our junior archers have also represented England as a member of the Junior England team and Great Britain both as Juniors and Seniors.
Juniors are encouraged to aim for the Archery GB Beginners Award Scheme, with under 12s shooting for the Red and Gold Feathers and the older juniors the Arrows, starting with the White one and working up to the Gold Arrow. The scheme is run by Chrissie Mortlock.
The club’s Junior Representative is Debbie Hill who represents the views of juniors members at the Club Committee meetings and encourages juniors to take part in club competitions and also county and national competitions.
In previous years the club has organised specific shooting sessions for junior members and we try to organise fun sessions following organised shoots during the outdoor season and on some club evenings.
Juniors are welcome to attend any Bowmen of Rutland Development Squad (BORDS) sessions; these sessions are generally run during the indoor season.
Each month during the indoor season the club takes part in the L&R300 competition, one Monday per month the whole club shoot this round with the scores being submitted to the county for the postal L&R300 league.
During the outdoor season a number of organised shoots are arranged for different archery rounds to be shot. By doing these you get the opportunity to record your score and gain a handicap. This means that your score will be adjusted in some competitions, depending on your ability, so that you are just as likely to win as an experienced archer. The scores can also be used to gain award bars in the L&RCAA Foxes Award scheme.