Invictus Bowmen was founded on 1 January 2016,
so it’s very much a new club. We started it because there was a need
for an inclusive club within Peterborough. We shoot at the Focus Centre in Dogsthorpe and
the sessions are once a week on a Friday evening. We shoot for two hours.
We’re looking forward to – in the summer – getting out onto the field at the back and
being able to shoot a bit more distance. We work with Vivacity in Peterborough and
we all help with their disability archery sessions. We accept everyone, if they’re able to shoot
and understand all the safety rules and the etiquette,
we would welcome them into the club. Our membership is increasing
weekly at the moment It’s a low impact sport, but it does need
an amount of concentration. People who have issues, have disability,
it’s not something that they have to worry about that is high impact that is going to hurt,
but they can actually do well. We’ve set up a club here that’s inclusive,
that has a friendly atmosphere, everybody gets on with each other and
it’s good to see that we have impaired archers. I won’t call them disabled – they’re not –
they can shoot as well as I can. It has a great atmosphere, we are doing really well.
Everybody enjoys themselves immensely. Archery is a sport that does that.
I don’t know why, it just does. All clubs should actually get involved
in Club Matters, because it really does help, actually think bigger, it provides
positive reinforcement of things. We’ve come along to the forums,
we’ve asked questions and we’ve got solutions,
it’s just a brilliant resource. We’ve used it to get information
for our constitution, for our funding, also our Treasurer is doing the
Online Finance course at the moment. It focuses the mind on what we need
to think about as a club, the budgeting, the actual recording of finance,
you can go through the site, you can even ask questions on
the forum, which is very good. It’s just a great resource.