Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall with pictured with Armidale Archery Club member. Pictured from left are Dennis Carson, Adam Marshall, Julia Howe, David Howe, David Hooper and Matthew Hooper.
THE Armidale Archery Club will soon be putting in an amenities block at their grounds thanks to a $7,000 NSW Government Sport Facility Program grant, according to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Mr Marshall visited the Rockvale Road archery grounds last week to meet club members and discuss their plans for future improvements to their facilities.
He said the club had been functioning for many years without an amenities block so he was delighted the grant would enable them to make this important upgrade.
“It’s a small, family-friendly club and is considered to have the best archery facilities in the state,” Mr Marshall said. “They’ve played host a few national and state championships over the years with the main events being held at UNE fields.
“This will be a big step up for them and allow them to conduct a lot more events at the range. In the last 12 months they’ve also been reconnected to town water, which has allowed them to confidently apply for this particular grant.”
Mr Marshall said club president Dennis Carson was a great advocate for the club and at present held the titles of National Master Champion in all three fields of target, target field and match play.
“His expertise and passion for the sport certainly has a positive impact on all club members and I’m delighted the State Government has been able to help in this small way,” he said.
“They have a great set up there and I commend the club’s committee on their tenacity and efforts to improve their facility for the Armidale archery community.”
Archery Club committee member Margaret Carson said the club was delighted to secure the grant and with the upgrade to their facilities, was looking forward to hosting more events in the future.
“We are thinking of hosting a few birthday and Christmas parties where our instructors tutor the party goers. It’s a lot of fun and a good way to raise funds for the club,” Mrs Carson said.