Meridian Junior Club

We welcome children from the age of 9 years to 18 years into Meridian's Junior Club. Our current juniors shoot recurve and barebow although any bow type can be shot.

Meridian have adopted the Archery GB 'Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People' and have a 'Commitment to Children and Young People's Safety and Welfare' policy. The club has an appointed Child Protection Officer.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Archery is one of the listed activities in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Physical section. The duration of this activity can be from 3 months minimum to 18 months maximum depending on the level of the award and previous achievements. The main requirement is that the junior must commit to regular activities averaging at least an hour a week during this time.

Participants have to set their own goals relevant to their experience within archery. They can set whatever goals work for them; from attaining FITA Beginners Awards (see below) to competing in a tournament.

Full details can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website.

Handicaps and Classifications

Juniors can attain indoor and outdoor handicaps and classifications when they shoot to the qualifying standards. Until they reach that level they have the opportunity to work towards the FITA Beginners Awards.

FITA Beginners Awards

The FITA Feather Awards are for children under 12 years of age and some disabled novices, and the FITA Arrow Awards are for children aged 12 and above. These progressive awards are assessed on the key elements of:

 Score evaluation
 Skills evaluation and
 Knowledge and Know-how evaluation

The purpose is to reward and motivate beginner archers and mark their progression in competency. Selecting an image below will display the evaluation criteria for that level of award.

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