Louth Archery Club on target with weekly KEVIGS sessions

Louth Archery Club members, who volunteer their time to offer lunchtime classes at King Edward VI Grammar School, have inspired dozens of youngsters to take up the sport.

Meanwhile, the club has received funding through Sportivate - a branch of Sport England - which has invested around £5000 towards archery equipment.

Archery lessons at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth. EMN-151102-143400001

Archery lessons at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth. EMN-151102-143400001

The archery sessions on Wednesday lunchtimes at the school usually attracts more than 20 students at a time, many of whom have gone on to join the Louth Archery Club extracurricularly.

King Edward’s PE teacher, Sarah Grantham, says that the sport appeals to many children who would not necessarily wish to engage with high-energy team sports, but prefer an individual sport such as archery which tests their upper body strength rather than their cardiovascular stamina.

Archery coach Andrew Bembridge told the Leader: “Archery is all about technique and there are a few students, such as Daisy Swart (Y11) and Natalie Stones (Y12) for whom their technique is far more advanced than the time they’ve been doing archery - they will have a very good chance of succeeding in the future. Lincolnshire has some very promising juniors.”

He added: “This is the only school in the area that does archery through Sportivate. It’s a shame really, because the funding is out there.”

Eleven-year-old Finley Boyes, a Year 7 pupil, said: “I joined two months ago, and I was completely new to it.

“At first I was not so good, but now I’m improving and I really enjoy it. I’ve been coming every week.”

For more information about the Louth Archery Club, call Andrew on 01507 523055 or find the group on Facebook.