I didn't mean to sound harsh, it's just that the club has quite an old demographic; we have quite a few members who come along to the AGM, and maybe make an effort for the occasional fun shoot, still think of themselves as archers, but you don't see them on the course very often. And they are the same people who are shielding or who are quite sensibly feeling that it's not worth risking their health to go to the course.That's pretty hard
That is why a good indoor range is really important Our club gains members over the winter Have a go's and beginers are still being run and the attendance is good Fun shoots going on (I bagged a Gruffalow) all because our club has a large warm school gym to shoot in.One of the things that I have noticed over the years is the way attendance drops over the winter, with bad weather and no daylight after working hours. Come the following spring, some members don't show up and later, don't join again. It seems they find other things to do in what was their archery time. It would seem to me that this situation will increase the numbers who won't rejoin. Those who are not back shooting already have probably not shot since last November!
At the target club we usually get more people shooting in winter too as we also shoot in a school gym then. I'm not sure if and when we will get access to that this winter though.That is why a good indoor range is really important Our club gains members over the winter Have a go's and beginers are still being run and the attendance is good Fun shoots going on (I bagged a Gruffalow) all because our club has a large warm school gym to shoot in.
I think the second. Shooting intensity indoors hasn't really changed in the last twenty years, except maybe compound with the small ten. Which begs the question, if they are not shooting what else is taking their time? Perhaps we are all working harder.I wonder if it has something to do with the "intensity" that some archers feel when shooting close range with a higher expectation that seems to follow. Or is it a sign that the archers are not so hooked on shooting at every opportunity?
I think what most people would want to know, including myself, is how much money is spent on each archer qualifying for the Olympics compared to each club archer? Problem is the waters are muddied by UK Sport funding and how much is spent trying to secure UK Sport funding, so I guess we will never know.The performance side is doing well after all we have qualified 2 full teams for the Olympics.