Ballyvally’s new junior squads met for their first squad practice on Sunday afternoon 13th December in Banbridge Leisure Centre.
Thirty-five junior archers of all ages (almost the full squad of 40 archers) turned up for three hours practice with coaches Frank Mulligan and Ashley Russell-Cowan.
They were aided by Craig McCreery, one of the previous Ballyvally Junior squads of 2013 who shared the skills and experience he had learned while shooting and winning medals for UK. As well as Mrs Ruth Gilmour another member of the GB International team from 2013 and 2014.
Altogether there will be four squads, u18, u15, u12 and u10.
After all, one of Ballyvally’s most successful archers, Peter Mulligan, started when he was six!
One of the main objectives for the squads will be to shoot in the N.I. Junior indoor target champs on Sunday 24th January, hosted by Ballyvally Archers in Banbridge Leisure Centre.
But the big one will be to shoot in the British Open Field archery Championships which will also be hosted by Ballyvally Archery Club for the 5th time.
This time it will be organised in the grounds of Greenmount College in June 2016.Programme for 2016;
The club will restart in the local leisure Centre on Wed 6th and Thursday 7th January with the usual 8 sessions.
The programme will switch to Field Archery in early preparation for the “Open” in June and also for the club’s first tournament at Loughbrickland on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January.
Club members are asked to note there will be a meeting to prepare courses on Monday 28th December at 10am.
All members are asked to come along and work off the turkey by giving a hand!
As usual, at the start of a new season, new members are welcome with the first night free to have a go.
There are eight sessions available and families are especially welcome.
The club’s youngest member is four years old and the oldest is 90!
Club sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays..some in the afternoon and some after teatime.
The club supplies all equipment and top level coaching. Further details can be obtained by contacting club Chairman, Frank Mulligan on 028 406 23748.