Hebburn archery club on target for success

Members of Hebburn's Clegwell Archers are moving with the times.
Members of Hebburn's Clegwell Archers are moving with the times.

A South Tyneside archery club is setting its sights on success after adding a new string to its bow.

Members of Clegwell Archers are determined to move with the times, and they’ve now bought a hi-tech moving target for enthusiasts to fire arrows at.

It is not just for members but also members of the public to come along and try

Keith Murdock

The club, based at Clegwell Community Association, in Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, has splashed out thousands of pounds on a Laporte archery trap, a clay pigeon-shooting launcher suitable for use both indoors and outdoors.

The trap, billed by its Nottinghamshire manufacturer as the first of its kind in the world, has already proved a big hit with established members and newcomers alike.

Club bosses believe the new attraction will not only help accomplished archers keep their eye in, but will also be a fun facility for visiting groups, such as those celebrating a birthday or trying out a new sport as part of a company team-building exercise.

Chairman Keith Murdock has run the club for the past eight years with wife Susan, and he is hopeful that the investment will pay off by attracting a new audience to the community club.

He said: “We have archers coming from all over, and this is a new challenge for them, with a moving target.

“It is soft clay archery, with soft-tipped arrows and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

“We have spent £3,500 to set it up, and it has been a big hit.

“Everyone who has tried it has loved it.

“It is not just for members but also for members of the public to come along and try.

“It is very good for use by large groups, such as companies on team-building exercises and for birthday parties.

“Business is steady at the moment, but we always want to expand.”

The archery club has about 30 members but it is looking for new recruits to enjoy the wide range of facilities it has to offer.

For more information on the club, search for Clegwell Archers on Facebook or call Keith or Susan on 0775 110 9020.