Archery club sadly leaves venue after 47 years

Glasgow Archers are looking for a new home after shock closure and sale of Craigholme Girls School.

Archery club sadly leaves venue after 47 years

Article Source: Glasgow Archers
First Published: 9 December 2020 12:08
Updated: 9 December 2020 12:08

The closure and sale of Craigholme Girls School has came as quite a shock, not only to the staff who have lost their jobs but to the clubs and classes that made use of Craigholme Sports Hub at Pollock Park which is also closing. Clubs for Taekwondo and roller hockey, dance and keep fit, even the wheelchair football have all lost their venue.

However, the biggest shock was probably that felt at Glasgow Archers archery club. GA had been at Craigholme for 47 years. For almost 5 decades the membership have only ever known one home and it was arguably considered the best archery field in Scotland. Archery is an incredibly inclusive sport with many health benefits both mental and physical. The GA membership is a diverse one boasting social archers and the competitive. Male and female. Junior archers all the way to some spry octogenarians and recognises no limits to the sport’s diversity. Glasgow Archers have hosted wheelchair archers and blind archers. It has even produced international archers for Scotland. The loss of the field is being felt across all ages, abilities and cultures right now especially as it was a sport that was doable even under the harshest of COVID restrictions.

Enthusiastic members of the sports hub, Glasgow Archers have always been about the community and their contribution will be missed now the hub is closed. GA was always there to give a taste of archery to the curious when Craigholme held fetes and open days. For many years GA ran the Pollock park/Bellahouston park water stations during 10k road races and members have served as marshals on the longer races. They even had members working at the Commonwealth games and the Archery World Cup in Edinburgh (2010). Craigholme and GA were also the perennial home/organisers of the Scottish archery championships (as well as other competitions) for many many years. Safe to say the loss of this field will be felt widely in the Scottish archery community not just by Glasgow Archers.

Sadly, Glasgow Archers are now without a home. So, if you know of a sports field or even a field that could host some tidy, quiet, responsible but homeless archers with quite a lot of kit... please contact them at glasgow.archers.membership@gmail.com

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