Archery hits target

Students from Northern Counties college found another string to their bow, when they were the first to take advantage of the new accessible facilities at the Jesmond Ground, following £140K improvements.

Twelve pupils took part in a chance to sample the sport, organised by Newcastle Council as part of a series of sports opportunities.

Trainer Kate Hall worked with each individual to shoot at the bulls eye, followed by a final competition to shoot the Sport Relief balloon.

And organiser Neil Curry said it was hoped to offer a wider range of sports activities, thanks to the new club facilities and greater opportunities generally for participation. “Over the traditional summer months, in conjunction with Northumberland Cricket Board, we aim to provide different forms of disability cricket, both at local schools and club sessions.”

Wendy Hawley of Northern Counties college praised the organisers: “This event and the way it was planned was really inclusive, everyone got such a lot out of it.”

The event was partly inspired by the choice of the Lords Cricket Ground in London for the Archery events for the Olympics. Olwyn Hocking from Newcastle Cricket Club said: “We realised cricket grounds are a perfect setting for archery – as well as cricket!”.

***The improved facilities were funded by Newcastle Council ward committees (South and North Jesmond); SITA Trust; Newcastle RGS; the James Knott Trust; The Barbour Foundation; RW Mann Trust; and a wide range of community organisations and individuals, including donations in memory of the club’s inaugural Chairman, Mike Randell. Full list on