Archery club desperate to hit target and find new home - The Leamington Observer

Archery club desperate to hit target and find new home

Ian Hughes 29th Jan, 2019   0

ROYAL Leamington Spa Archery Society is desperate to target a new home.

The club, one of the largest in the midlands, was given 12 months notice last May to leave the Bericote Road site where it has been based for the past 27 years.

The landowners Old Leamingtonians rugby club need the site for a planned development with Coventry-based Premiership club Wasps for the expansion of junior and mixed ability rugby.

The archery club needs to find an alternative venue before May or face disbanding. It is making an urgent plea to local landowners to help secure the club’s future.

The club, which was founded in 1949, has three months to find three or four acres of flat, well-drained land suitable for an all-year-round archery range with vehicle access.

Club chairman Martyn Ellis said: “We are looking to rent or buy and hope local landowners or sports clubs will come to our rescue.

“Finding an alternative home has been extremely difficult. We have investigated several local sites but unfortunately these were not suitable.

“We are now having to consider either disbanding or mothballing the club if we don’t find somewhere suitable soon. Archery has a low impact on the environment, is a quiet sport and we would be an ideal tenant or neighbour for any landowner or sports club with spare land who is looking for additional income.”

The club has enjoyed success at regional, national, and international level, and can boast three Olympians.

It has also had its setbacks, including a recent burglary when over £30,000 worth of antique trophies were stolen, together with tools and equipment.

Anyone who can help the club find a new home should email [email protected]


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