Falkirk Company of Archers is the first club in Scotland to become a Disability Lead Club. A few months ago Scottish Archery advertised for clubs that were interested in becoming a Lead club and working in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) to provide a pathway for athletes with a disability into a suitable archery club setting.
The Lead clubs will support SDS events, where they have a number of sports on offer and potential athletes to try out all the sports. Having archery as an option can help to increase membership within our clubs. The Falkirk club is there to signpost archers to their nearest accessible club.
Part of the Lead club programme is for the club to be open and accessible in both a physical sense and also in terms of equipment, coaches and club environment. The more clubs we have working with us to support SDS events and signpost potential archers into, the stronger our sport will become.
Any other clubs that are interested in being part of the programme should contact Alan Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Baxter (Laura@scottisharchery.org.uk) to find out how to start the process.
Toni Smillie, President of the Falkirk club said “we are delighted to be the first Disability Lead Club in Scotland and to work on this exciting partnership with SDS. This will increase our own knowledge and experience of disability and help us demonstrate the inclusivity of archery.”