Indoor archery event is saved

Front: Paul Straker, David (Taff) Jeffreys. Back: David Framingham, Peter Rollin, Lisa Hill, Penny Coultas, Stuart Greenway
Front: Paul Straker, David (Taff) Jeffreys. Back: David Framingham, Peter Rollin, Lisa Hill, Penny Coultas, Stuart Greenway

LOCAL archers are celebrating after the future of one of the North of England’s biggest indoor tournaments has been saved.

Earlier this month, the Free Press reported how the Archers of Bridlington and Burton Agnes had to cancel this year’s competition, because the cost of hiring Bridlington Sports Centre had increased considerably.

But another East Riding of Yorkshire Council department has stepped in to secure the event for the next three years.

The specialist events team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council already support a number of high profile sporting events in and around the town and felt it important to save the potential future of our next Olympic archers.

East Yorkshire Events manager Paul Roggeman had read about the archery club’s financial problem and said: “After reading that the club was struggling to cover the venue costs for this great event, which brings over 100 people into the town on a quiet Sunday in November, we thought it only right that we stepped in to help.

“We are proud to support the club and be sponsor of an event that has recently seen members of the GB Olympic squad regularly attend and compete.

“It will take the number of events that we support in the town to over a dozen, with hopefully a few more on the horizon.”

The new sponsorship deal will not only enable the club to continue with the competition, which has become one of the most popular indoor events in the calendar, but will also help to safeguard the club’s much needed funds in order to continue the excellent development work that is carried out locally for the sport.

Club chairman Pete Rollin said: “ We are overjoyed with the assistance we have been offered by the Events team at East Riding Council which has enabled us to secure the event and continue to generate some much needed extra funds for our junior development.”

“This is a fantastic result and ABBA cannot thank them enough.

“This is excellent for the sport of archery and keeps Bridlington on the archery map for our very popular annual tournament.

“This is also great news for the town of Bridlington and that we can continue holding this tournament for the foreseeable future.

“We can now look forward to advertising this shoot which will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013 knowing that the event is now secure.”