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Olympians target national glory at free Wollaton Park event 


Britain’s best archery talent will be in action at the Nottingham Building Society Archery GB National Series Finals at Wollaton Park, on Saturday 24 September.

Archers from all over Great Britain will compete in four categories – recurve women and recurve men, and compound women and compound men – including Olympians, Naomi Folkard and Patrick Huston who came 7th and 17th respectively at the Rio Olympics.

The event, which is completely free for spectators, will see Wollaton Park transformed into an archery arena to showcase the thrilling head-to-head competition. It’s hoped that the free event will inspire even more local people to get involved in archery and have a go.

The National Series Finals promise to be a great weekend of fun for the whole family with the chance to have a go at archery, enjoy children’s play areas and explore Batman’s mansion.

The event will start at 10am, finishing at around 5pm on Saturday 24 September. Car parking charges apply at Wollaton Park – it’s £4 to park all day. For more information regarding the National Series please visit – www.archerygb.org

Competing for the honour of becoming (Nottingham Building Society) Archery GB National Series Champions, 32 competitors, including reigning champions Naomi Folkard, Patrick Huston and Neil Bridgewater, will be showcasing their expert skills across four different archery events.

Mark Davies, Chairman of the sport’s governing body Archery GB, commented: “Following hot on the heels of the fantastic European Championship that the city hosted in May, we are delighted to return to Wollaton Park for the fourth year. The success of the event would not have been possible without the commitment and backing that we have received from Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham Building Society. 

“It’s been an exceptional year for British archers, delivering success on both a national and international stage. We are expecting an exciting battle for the title of National Series champion within each category.

“The weekend will also be a great opportunity for people to get involved and have a go at archery, as well as a range of other activities to keep the whole family entertained.”

Councillor David Trimble at Nottingham City Council, said: “Robin Hood would be proud to see his home city hosting such a brilliant archery event, especially a free opportunity to see the best archers in the country in action.  I hope families and visitors make the most of it and have a great day out at Wollaton Park.”

Vicky Hall, Sponsorship and Events Manager at The Nottingham, said: “We are delighted to be the headline sponsors of the Archery GB National Series Final at Wollaton Hall. We know from previous years what a popular event it proves to be.

“At The Nottingham we have a wide programme of sports sponsorship that appeals to families across our heartland and offers them a chance to get involved in sports at a grassroots level.

“We remain firmly committed to supporting events that bring top quality sports to our communities. This is clearly shown by our four year sponsorship of Archery GB.”

Q and A with Olympic Archer Naomi Folkard

Naomi Folkard is a four –time Olympian who came seventh at the recent Olympic Games. Naomi’s achievements include winning a selection of World and European Championships, World Indoor Cup and World and European Field Championship medals, including two silver medals at the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as World Games Champion in 2013.

How did you first get into archery?

I tried it at a family scout camp at Blackwell Court Worcestershire when I was 5. My dad liked it and joined our club at home. Soon after I joined with my mum and brother.  

For people in Nottingham who haven’t come along to the National Series Finals before, why should they come along?

It’s a great day out, bring a picnic or utilise the lovely local catering supplies and enjoy the sunshine whilst watching exciting matches and try a new sport. 

 What do you enjoy about visiting Nottingham?

Nottingham is a lovely cultural city, with friendly citizens and a park full of deer!

Posted on 15 September 2016

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