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- 08 May 2014 00:00
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Sport England’s Satellite Clubs programme, which aims to bridge the gap between school and community sport, proved a huge hit with pupils from a North Tyneside school after a new archery club saw attendances surpassed expectation.
After consultation with students from Valley Gardens Middle School, local club North East Archers and Tyne & Wear Sport agreed to set up a satellite club to foster interest in the sport.
During the first seven weeks, over 30 junior members attended the sessions and regular attendance at the club is now well in excess of 20 juniors at every weekly, two hour session.
"The club has had a really successful start,” said Sharon Robinson, who is from North East Archers.
"Not only are the students attending the satellite club, several are also now attending the main club too!
"They just don’t seem to be able to get enough of archery.”
The club has been supported by Tyne & Wear Sport, the County Sport Partnership who provided funding to purchase equipment, cover the cost of facility hire and help those involved in the club gain qualifications.
"I am understandably delighted with the success of the club,” said Tyne & Wear Sport Club Development Officer Jade Mackie.
"We’ve had excellent support from the school’s Assistant Head Teacher and there’s been a lot of hard work from those within the club.
"The satellite clubs programme is showing what a large appetite there is for young people to be able try out a variety of different sports.
"We have already established a number of clubs in a wide range of sports and demand from schools and national governing bodies continues to grow.”