University of Sunderland Archery Club Vice Secretary Gayle Rigg says the upcoming novice championships will give “enthusiastic” rookies the perfect stepping stone to larger tournaments.
The day-long novice championships are open only to archers who started in October and will see university teams from across the country travel to CitySpace on November 28.
And Rigg believes while they have every chance of doing well, the championship is more about getting newcomers used to the competitive atmosphere.
She said: “We’ve got some very promising novices who have joined the club this year. They are all doing extremely well and are improving from session to session, showing great enthusiasm for the sport.
“These championships are a great way to introduce those who may never have competed before to a larger competition setting and will help prepare them for February’s BUCS indoor and March’s indoor championships.
“It can be a lot less daunting than competing against others who have been shooting for years.”
Sunderland novices have had success in the past, with Emma Boxer standing out last year. Boxer took first place in her category at the North of England Universary Archery League (NEUAL) indoor championships, shooting a personal best in the process.
Rigg though believes that while doing well is a bonus, the emphasis is more on progress than winning.
She said: “We would like to continue the success of last year, at the end of the day what really matters is that they continue to develop their shooting and enjoy the sport.”
The NEUAL Novice Championshps take place on Saturday November 28 at CitySpace and start at 8:30am.