Wellingborough Archery Club on target as new range opens

Members of the club and Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves attend the opening
Members of the club and Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves attend the opening

A new dedicated archery range at the Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sports Club was opened by the mayor of Wellingborough Barry Graves and the head of Archery GB Dave Harrison.

The new Wellingborough Archery Club facility was made possible by a £50,000 grant from Sport England National Lottery, though the Olympic Legacy 2012 Inspired Facilities Fund.

The new Mayor, after being welcomed by David Bayes, president of the Old Grammarians Association, said that he was very pleased to be able to make the opening his first official engagement and place the sports provision high on the agenda early in his year in the council’s top job.

Dave Harrison, from Archery GB, who had driven from Newcastle to attend the opening ceremony said: “I am very impressed by the new facility and I am certain that it will help improve the opportunities and provision of archery to the community.”

The new range has capacity for 10 lanes of archery at a target up to 90 metres away, as well as a covered shooting shelter for rainy days. This will enable the shooting season to be extended and offer the provision for disabled access.

John Billing, Old Grammarians Sportsclub chairman, said since his first meeting in 2011 with Eric Jackson, Wellingborough Archery Club treasurer, and Quintin Allen, the borough sports development officer, a lot of hard work had been necessary to put the project together.