Regional Development Officers

Archery GB Regional Development Officers - Supporting the archery network at the grassroots. Archery GB's Participation Team is laying the foundations to support the archery network and address needs at a more local, grassroots level. Existing Archery GB staff will be partnering with Regions and Home Nations, with an offer in every area of the UK. New staff have been appointed in Wales and Northern Ireland to support archers in those nations, and in Scotland we will continue to work closely with staff at Scottish Archery.

Supporting the archery network at the grassroots

Archery GB's Participation Team is laying the foundations to support the archery network and address needs at a more local, grassroots level.

Existing Archery GB staff will be partnering with Regions and Home Nations, with an offer in every area of the UK. New staff have been appointed in Wales and Northern Ireland to support archers in those nations, and in Scotland we will continue to work closely with staff at Scottish Archery.

We recognise that clubs and members across the regions and Home Nations have specific needs and opportunities for growth, and that a more localised approach will boost participation, member satisfaction and diversity.

RDO with volunteer

What is a Regional Development Officer?

The RDO’s role is to help improve the offer of archery in the region through collaborative working with regional and county associations, clubs and other organisations or partners such as schools and local authorities.  Partnerships with regions aim to help align priorities and improve the offer of archery for all in that area.

Currently, our focus is to rebuild archery back and where possible, for the sport to be even stronger and healthier than before COVID. From then on, the future is open to identify joint priorities.

RDOs at a community roadshow with other volunteers

What can a Regional Development Officer help with?

Workforce training

Providing information about opportunities for recruitment, training, and development of all volunteer roles including coaches, judges, safeguarding officers etc.

Planning for the future

Providing guidance on how to invest in the future, prioritisation, sustainability and future proofing.

Committee support

Working through ideas, plans, goals, and troubleshooting difficulties.

Ontarget

Empowering clubs to reach their goals through the ontarget club development programme, growing healthy clubs through the process.

Funding support

Help locating funding, funding advice, providing backing for applications, and checking applications before submission

Competitions

Supporting clubs to run successful competitions wherever is needed, in planning, preparations or being present at the event.

Facilities

Discussions and advice over how to improve facilities, working with partners and aiding in locating new facilities when necessary.

Sharing Information

Promoting national initiatives and sharing good practice that match needs and aspirations, such as the Big Weekend, Volunteer Campaign, Learning Curve and other new projects. Sharing data and insight to help bring about progress through digital transformation.

Community engagement

Ideas on how to engage with your local community to promote archery, recruit volunteers, increase membership and target different types of members e.g. juniors or women and girls.

Signposting to specialists and other areas of support or information

Your RDO will know who can help and where to go to look for advice, support and guidance.

RDO with club members

Contact your local RDO

Southern Counties – Toby Andrews; phone: 01952 951717; email: toby.andrews@archerygb.org

Northern Counties – Yvonne Stead; phone: 07513 724844; email: yvonne.stead@archerygb.org

East & West Midlands – Helen Smedley; phone: 07760 770395; email: helen.smedley@archerygb.org

Grand Western – Stephen Bourke; phone: 07860 956789; email: stephen.bourke@archerygb.org

Scotland – Bill Hogg (Club Development Officer); phone: 07712 526231; email: bill.hogg@scottisharchery.org.uk

Wales – Vic Williams; phone: 07809 863548; email: vic.williams@archerygb.org

Northern Ireland – Lisa Wheeler; phone: 07710 701828; email: lisa.wheeler@archerygb.org

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