March 18, 2024

Uni club stages 24 hour shoot for charity

The University of Bristol Archery Club is taking part in a challenge to raise funds to help support and improve young adult, student and staff mental health, fitness and wellbeing throughout the UK.

The theme of the BRIT (British Inspiration Trust) Challenge for 2024 is simply the number 24. With the support of the University of Bristol Sport, Exercise and Health, the club have been given the opportunity to shoot in their usual training venue for 24 hours continuously.

They have set themselves the goal of scoring 24,000 points in a 24 hour time period from 23-24 March.

Club members will mainly be shooting the Portsmouth round, however some archers will be shooting a variety of indoor rounds. The club will be encouraging all of their archers to take part in shifts to ensure continuous shooting through the 24 hour period.

They will also be running a taster session for students of The University of Bristol to come and try archery in exchange for a donation.

The club say they hope participation in the challenge will help destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.

They expect to have 30-40 archers taking part with a wide range of abilities from those who shoot internationally to those who finished a beginners' course in February.

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Alex Williams, the club's Competitions Officer, said: "We want to raise money for an important issue in the student community while enjoying the sport we love. We have challenged ourselves to shoot 24,000 points in 24 hours and hope we can achieve this."

If you've been inspired to organise a 24 hour shoot at your club, here's Alex's tips:

  • Take shifts shooting, with each archer booking into 2 hour time slots across the 24 hour period.
  • Run a taster session for new archers in parallel, with whatever they score also counting towards the 24,000 points
  • Start smaller, we have done several shoots for charity before in regular sessions and we did a 10 hour fundraising shoot in 2019

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