A Brief History of Archery at Ravenswood
For many years, Ravenswood have attended Kingswood Activity Centres and more recently Robinwood Activity Centre in order to experience outdoor and adventurous education. Part of these visits always includes an introduction to archery.
In 2011, Newcastle City Council held the first Schools 500 Competition, which was to prepare us for the London Olympics and to create a legacy opportunity following London 2012. One of the sports in these events has always been archery and because of our Kingswood visits, we were very keen to join in. We had great success in the events and more importantly, pupils really enjoyed this very technical sport. Mrs Hargreaves got talking to Dave Harrison, who ran the archery events and they decided to hold a six week club at Ravenswood.
The club runs in the summer term, with five weeks in the North Hall, learning the skills using indoor bows and suction arrows, then the children get to go out onto the field in week six to have a go with real arrows and targets. It is always a popular club, so do listen out for information about how to sign up.
In June 2016, Dave brought Helen George to school to deliver an inspirational assembly about some of the Paralympic archers that she works with. This was part of our pre Rio Olympics work that Mrs Maddison organised. The assembly focused on the resilience and dedication required to become an elite Paralympic athlete. During the assembly, Helen said that she would try to get a signed shirt for the school to celebrate our commitment to sport, archery and the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
Dave and Helen returned to Ravenswood with this incredible gift, one of only two Rio Paralympic Archery signed shirts. We are very privileged to receive this and it will be framed and take pride of place in our reception area.
Dave Harrison runs The Bowmen of Walker Archery Club, who meet in the sports hall of Northumbria University’s Coach Lane Campus, very close to school. He is also on the board of GB Archery, the sport’s governing body. He would be delighted to welcome any of our school community, whatever age, to one of their beginners groups or one of their ‘Have a Go’ sessions.