Archery is a sport used by many as a way of incorporating mental and physical health and wellbeing into a single controlled sport, including post injury rehabilitation. Many RAF Stations have sports clubs with archery being a popular choice given the diversity of members it can support. Understandably club equipment can become outdated and broken with time and this is where the RAF Central Fund can help with its Enrichment Grant programme designed to support serving personnel at a station or unit level.
The RAF Central Fund grant has given us the ability to bring more people into the sport
So when members of the archery club at RAF Benson approached us to see what support they could get to replace 20-year-old equipment we were more than happy to see what we could do to help. Not only was the equipment at Benson old it had also suffered by being put away in storage during lockdown and therefore deemed unfit for use. The active club wanted to entice new members and encourage personnel on station to give the sport a try and felt that new bows would help them achieve their objectives. They applied for and received a grant for £500 to buy five new beginner level bows for the club.
RAF Benson Archery Club member, Corporal John Lowe, says: “The RAF Central Fund grant has given us the ability to bring more people into the sport of archery safely by allowing the purchase of new bows to replace aging and or broken equipment. This new equipment has provided all members with the chance to progress towards competitions within the Tri Service Environment and beyond and is pivotal to the successful execution of our intentions at the Benson Archery Club.”
For anyone interested trying archery at RAF Benson, the club meets on Tuesday evenings from 20:00 to 22:00 and Thursday evenings from 18:30 to 22:00.
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