Pupils on target with top tips from leading archers

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Schoolchildren should be well on target for sporting success after taking tips from one of the world’s top archers.

Pupils at Tritlington First School were looking forward to an unusual PE lesson with a visit from the Green Lane Disabled and Able-Bodied Archery Club planned.

But there was an extra special surprise when the Newbiggin-based club brought along Paralympian Kate Murray to help out.

The archery session had been organised by teaching assistant Rachel Bateman for older pupils, particularly eight-year-old Patrick Crofts who uses a wheelchair.

And when one of the archers mentioned the plans at a national competition, it was arranged for Ms Murray to go along as well.

Mrs Bateman said: “We have lots of different sporting groups coming into school and Patrick joins in with most of them, but he is not always able to compete on an equal footing with everybody else.

“We wanted to find something that he could do where he would be exactly the same as everybody else and archery was one of the things that came up.

“The Green Lane archers were going to come into school and do a display, but when one of the guys was in a competition he mentioned the visit to the Chairman of the British Paralympic Association and they said they would like to come along and bring a Paralympian as well.

“Kate Murray brought her medals along and in the afternoon the older children went outside and had a go at outdoor archery, using real bows and arrows. They loved it, it was a really good day.”

Eventually, the school hopes to provide an archery session in an after-school club, but in the meantime Patrick and his dad have joined the Green Lane club and the youngster is expected to take part in his first competition next month.




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