Shooting straight for the top at Mearns Academy

senior and junior club members, including Scottish junior champions Hannah Worthington and Nicola Wylie, showing off some of the new kit
senior and junior club members, including Scottish junior champions Hannah Worthington and Nicola Wylie, showing off some of the new kit

Archers at Laurencekirk’s Mearns Academy are aiming right for the top after the school secured an £1800 lottery grant.

The Academy has been able to purchase a full set of archery club equipment for its junior club and start a community adult club.

The story started three years ago when coaches from Links Archers in Montrose were asked to introduce archery to the school as an extra-curricular activity.

This proved very popular, with 12-18 pupils regularly attending sessions. Equipment at that time was provided by Links Archers.

With the junior club well established and some success in competition, the Academy - helped by the coaches - applied for, and received, a grant from the National Lottery in February 2013.

Owing to administrative delays, the kit was finally obtained in September and the first class of senior beginners started their training. On completion of the six-week course the Mearns Archers senior club was formed.

It is planned to run further taster sessions and beginner courses over the next six months to increase the membership.

If you are interested in trying archery, contact coach Alan Wood via the Academy or Links Archers website (linksarchers.org.uk)