Shoalhaven PCYC expands archery program

ARCHERY at the Shoalhaven PCYC is on target for a strong revival.

The sport is back in full swing, with a number of local organisations and businesses supporting the PCYC in getting the archery program back up and running.

Through the club’s regular barbecues at Bunnings and support from the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s Club, the Shoalhaven Avicultural Society and Compleat Angler the PCYC has been able to purchase new equipment and more importantly safety equipment to allow the sport to be held in the club’s main auditorium.

Archery organiser and instructor Steve Foord, who is also president of the Shoalhaven PCYC advisory committee,  said the support has allowed the sport to expand.

“In the past we have only had a safety netting to stop fired arrows across about half the auditorium area,” he said.

“We could only have three or four targets out at a time and had to restrict the power of bows that could be used.

“We now have safety blankets three deep that covers the whole hall. That allows us to have 12-15 targets out and use more powerful bows.

“We have been able to purchase more archery bows and arrows than we ever dreamed off. We have also been able to repair some of our older gear.

“We now have enough equipment to actually take the program out to outlying areas, which we will be doing.

“We will be able to hold outdoor classes to will allow students in outlying areas experience the sport of archery.”

Archery his held at the PCYC each Wednesday from 4pm-6pm.

“We are getting between 15-20 participants each Wednesday. We can take up to around 30 at a time,” he said.

Your first session is free, but you have to become a member of the PCYC, which also allows you to use the club’s other facilities and take part in other programs.

Mr Foord said the club also holds a special session each Saturday morning where the program hits the road taking the sport to a number of local disabled school children.


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