A tin shed dilemma: Victor Harbor Archery Club fundraises for clubrooms

Hoping for a new Home: Stephen Carr, Paul Bagnell, President Graham Potts, Inara and Roslyn Cooper-Black outside the current 'clubrooms.'
Hoping for a new Home: Stephen Carr, Paul Bagnell, President Graham Potts, Inara and Roslyn Cooper-Black outside the current 'clubrooms.'

Since its inception some six years ago, the Victor Harbor Archery Club has been operating out of a small tin shed in Back Valley.

The shed, which started as a simple lean-to, now has sides and some basic facilities inside, including seating and shelter.

These small improvements have been carried out by members over the years, but with the club now 50 plus members strong and playing host to internationally recognised competitions, it's clear the club has outgrown their current facilities.

With the help of People's Choice Credit Union, they are fundraising in the hope of building clubrooms to accommodate their growing membership list as well as visiting competitors.

Through the People's Choice Community Lottery, every $2 ticket sold and nominated to the Victor Harbor Archery Club will be donated straight back into the club.

President Graham Potts said the club and its members had made the best of what they have currently, but were in desperate need of clubroom facilities.

"When we started out here there was nothing," he said. "The old shed didn't even have sides.

"Council has been very supportive of what we've done on the site here and we've done quite a lot."

The club recently hosted over 100 archers during the South Australian leg of the National Matchplay Series in January and the finals of the National Matchplay in March, where the nation's top archers turned out to compete.

Next year, the club will host the Matchplay finals once again as well as Olympic trials.

"It's very small for events like that when you are trying to cater and do everything out of a little tiny shed, it's difficult," said Mr Potts.

"The other problem with not having clubrooms, is that people tend to pack up and go home.

"Archery can be very social and if we have clubrooms, people will stick around and socialse after, especially if it's wet and cold.

"Having just a bit of warmth and protection from the elements will be huge for our club."

By purchasing tickets in the People's Choice Community Lottery, benefactors will be directly contributing towards the construction of clubrooms.

The club has so far sold 500 tickets and Mr Potts said that the $1000 raised from those sales has already gone a long way.

"There's a lot of $2 that go towards building clubrooms but, we're slowly working our way towards it," he said.

Mr Potts said the club was always on the lookout for new members.

"We run a lot of beginners courses and always welcome spectators too," he said.

To purchase tickets in the People Choice Community Lottery online, visit: communitylottery.peopleschoicecu.com.au