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Meet the Committee!

Good Afternoon! The new year for the University of Liverpool Archery Committee is ahead of us! So it’s time to meet the committee! 🙂 We’re really looking forward to meeting all the new members of the club! Our taster sessions begin this week, and as always, if you have any questions, please contact us at livarchery@gmail.com

 

Adam – Captain

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“Hi guys, my name is Adam and I’m a second year Accounting & Finance student! I’m super excited to be the clubs Captain this year! I’ve been shooting for nearly 7 years now and have made loads of amazing new friends through archery – I can’t wait to make some new ones this year!” – Adam

 

Anthony – Vice-Captain

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“Hello all, I’m Tony, I’m a second year Physics student! I’m exceedingly excited to be Vice-Captain this year. I’ve been shooting for 1 year, and I’ve fallen in love with archery! I’ve made some awesome friends, and found an unexpected passion. I can’t wait to meet the new batch of archers this September. We are going to have a fantastic time shooting together this year. Be excellent to each other :)” – Tony

 

Emily – Treasurer

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“Hi, I’m Emily and I’m a second year History PhD student! I’ve been shooting in the archery club for about a year now, and honestly joining has been one of the best things I have ever done! I’d encourage everyone thinking of joining to sign up! I’m looking forward to meeting all the new members!” – Emily

 

Bethany – Social and Welfare Secretary

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“Hi I’m Beth, a second year Astrophysics student. I joined archery a year ago and I’ve loved every moment I’ve been in the club. If you have any ideas for social events you would like to see, please do let us know! Can’t wait to meet you all in a few weeks! :)” – Beth

 

David – Equipment Secretary

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“Hi everyone, I’m David, a third year Law student. I joined the archery club last year. Being a member of the club has been amazing and I cannot wait to welcome the new members this year!” – David

 

Rory – Equipment Secretary

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“Hello, I’m Rory, a second year Chemistry student. Since I started archery a year ago, I’ve loved every bit of it! I’m excited to be one of our equipment secretaries for this year, so come to me with any questions, and when I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does! I can’t wait to meet everyone and introduce this super fun sport to a bunch of new people!” – Rory

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My Summer of 2017 – Adam Trott

I have just spent the best time of my life working at a children’s summer camp in America. Oh, it was the hardest job I’ll ever have, with working hours from 7am to 9pm and constantly having to be upbeat for the kids, but it was also the most rewarding.

I spent my summer at Camp Caribou, an all-boys camp on a private 200-acre peninsular, being the only camp on the lake, with a mile and a half of private lakefront, in Winslow, Maine. The camp is run by the Lermans, a four-generation family who all live and breathe for camp and the boys who go there. Joining the Lermans and other returning counsellors at the camp was an amazing feeling, they really made you feel like part of their family. If you’ve got some spare time, take a look at the camp’s video here.

“The days are long, but the weeks fly by.”

My day consisted of waking the kids up in my bunk, getting them ready for flagpole, where the American and camp’s flags were raised before breakfast. After a hearty breakfast, we would venture back to our cabins for clean-up. During the first session of the summer, myself and my two counsellors had thirteen 11-year-olds, who were pretty good at clean-up. During second session, however, we had nine 9-year-olds, who weren’t as keen to do it…

After [the attempt at] cleaning up the bunk, there were instructionals. For five mornings a week, there were 3 instructional periods, this is where the children have one compulsory session at each sport/activity area a week, following a timetable. Instructionals were the time where we, as instructors of our specific area, would coach the children, improving technique, accuracy and consistency in my case with archery.

Following on from instructionals, we all went to The Tree, which is where an instructor from each activity area would tell all the children what was happening in their area that afternoon during electives. Electives were effectively fun sessions that the children chose to sign up to attend. At archery, our popular electives included Flu-Flus (flying targets), BYOT (Bring Your Own Targets) and Beat the Pro. After meeting at The Tree, the whole camp had lunch together, followed by rest period, a time when the kids had some time to chill out and relax before the hectic time of electives. (I still think rest period was more for the counsellors than the kids!)

After electives were over and done with, we all went back to the flagpole for the lowering of the flags. Then… DINNER! Once we were all stuffed from an amazing meal, evening activities commenced. These varied every day, and ranged from visits to the local cinema, games and activities that weren’t normally on offer at camp, play dates and socials with the neighbouring girls’ camps, and lip sync battles and theatre productions.

On the two days of the week where there weren’t any instructionals – the days where half of the camp’s staff had a day off – several trips and other activities were run. These included trips to the beach, adventures to water parks and a carnival on camp to name but a few.

“The best thing about memories is making them.”

One of the camp’s major events is Colour War. This is a two-day event where each camper and staff member are divided up and each assigned to either the grey or blue team, a family which they would be a part of forever – I was made a member of the grey team. Across the 2 days, there were numerous competitions, including all the sports and activity areas, and non-sporting competitions for those who sport wasn’t their forté, with chess, cup-stacking and checkers being a few very popular of the events. During Colour War, I spent most my time in the wood shop, helping to make the grey team’s plaque – staying there and working into the early hours of the morning on both days. Colour War was an amazing experience, and one that the campers wait year-round for and truly embrace.

Once these amazing activities, events and trips are complete, it’s time for bed. This was probably the easiest part of the day, as all the kids [and counsellors] were shattered from the non-stop fun that was had all day long.

“It’s cool to be kind at Camp Caribou.”

 Camp Caribou is truly a place where dreams are made a reality. Camp Caribou instils many qualities into its campers that make them better people; kindness, spirit, friendship, sportsmanship, fun, tradition and leadership. Each and every person who drives down that mile-long road into camp becomes a member of the Caribou family, a family I am proud to say I am a member of.

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”

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Hitting the Bulls-eye: Joining Archery

Welcome to the University of Liverpool Archery Club Blog.

As this is the first post, I guess it should be a personal one.

I joined the University of Liverpool’s Archery Club in September 2016. At the time I was a first year PhD student, having never joined a university society/club in the four years I had already been there! I thought, well I have another three years of studying to go, might as well finally join a club….

Other than watching a few fantasy films (looking at you Lord of the Rings) and a ‘taster course’ at Centre Parcs when I was 13, I had literally zero experience with bows or shooting. And I can honestly say, taking it up and joining the Liverpool Archery club is one of the best things I have ever done. 

In the space of a year, I went from a timid newbie, nervously holding the bow and being immensely proud if I even managed to hit the target, to a committee member of the club who regularly competes. If you had told me last year I’d be representing the club and consistently beating PBs – I probably would have laughed at you.

Over the year, learnt to shoot, compete, have fun and improve in archery, thanks to the patient and honest coaching the club provided.

But perhaps more than anything, I met so many wonderful people through the club. Doing a PhD is notoriously lonely, and quite honestly, had it not been for weekly archery training, I would have quite possibly gone mad. The Liverpool Archery club let me meet other like-minded people, learn to play dungeons and dragons, was a fun sport to do with my boyfriend, and compete with my fellow club members!

So, if you are ever thinking of joining a society/club but are a nervous mess like me, I say put aside those nerves and join anyway! (especially archery) I’ve met so many lovely people, a lot of whom I consider my closest friends, and I will be forever grateful for the Liverpool Archery Club for that.

Also I’m pretty good at archery now…

Emily (Treasurer 2017-18)

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