Drum Field Archers is a volunteer led Field Archery Club which was established in Gilmerton in February 1999. It is affiliated to both the Scottish Field Archery Association (SFAA) and the International Field Archery Association (IFAA).
The inception of the Drum Field Archers came about as a result of a come and try session at the local Community Centre. Shortly afterwards the club became fully constituted and numbers began to rise dramatically.
Initially situated in the Gilmerton Society Hall the club was very much supported by Gilmerton Community Centre Management Committee and the South East Edinburgh Partnership as well as the Gardener’s Pub.
The ethos behind Drum Field Archery Club was (and is to this date) to provide a grassroots affordable, not for profit archery club for all, supporting participants in the local community and beyond regardless of ages and stages of life.
The club has become well known through word of mouth, participation and media coverage and as a result we have been asked to have come and try sessions over the years at various events such as Gala Days, Fettes Police Family Day, Falkirk Wheel, Schools, Braidhills Golf Open Days and International Women’s Day to name but a few.
In 2001 the very first contingent of Archers from the club represented Scotland at the European Field Archery Championships in Leukerbad (Switzerland) and the medal haul was overwhelming.
This success has continued year on year since then. In 2004 a 14 year old member of the club was approached by local MSP Mike Pringle to represent the area and the club at the Opening of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood and the same year she also won Edinburgh’s Young Sports Personality of the year. It was at this juncture that Bernard Hunter stepped in and sponsored her participation at World Champs in Australia and European Champs in Finland. She then went on to become Young Sports personality of the year at age 18 for the second time. https://www.youth-of-today-deserve-a-hooray.
Over the last 20 years the club has seen action in Africa, Australia, America, South America, Estonia https://www.archers-fire-their-way-to-euro-glory, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, San Marino, Romania and all of the UK and Ireland countries.
As a club with an outdoor venue we have also hosted the Scottish and UK Championships in conjunction with SFAA. Drum are well known in all archery arenas (national and internationally) for our excellence in coaching styles, our outdoor venue and success in competition. We can boast that the club has trained and supported its members to achieve World, European, UK and Scottish Championship Status many times over at both indoor and outdoor events.
Currently we have two Level 3 International Instructor Coaches, four Level 2 Coaches and four Trainee Coaches at the club. Our junior archers also act as peer mentors for younger beginners in the club passing on their knowledge and skills in a safe, supervised and structured environment. Our members also had some funding to participate in Emergency First Aid course and has access to Child Protection Training.
Over the years the Club became a victim of its own success by having a large number of participants and a small venue and thus had to move out of Gilmerton Society Hall in 2012. It was local business Bernard Hunter that came to the rescue offering a “shed” for an indoor training venue (the venue is now known world-wide as the “Tattie Shed”).
The shed has been an invaluable asset for the club providing a safe and secure training venue as well as having designated areas for youngsters, parents and equipment maintenance. The shed is also used for National Governing Body Meetings and as a National Training Venue 3-7 times per year.
Since our move in 2012 the club has continued to grow with more families, individuals and couples joining the club to start their personalised archery journey as well as joining the Scottish teams travelling to local, national and international competitions.
Footfall through the club doors ranges from 30-50 in any given week during spring, summer and autumn with winter indoor season seeing a peak at approx. 50-75 per week. All club fees and subs are used to provide beginner equipment, maintenance expenses, targets and promotion of the club.
Without the volunteer commitments and support the club would simply not be sustainable. Our parents and coaches do raffles and fundraising as well as run the tuck shop, they paint and decorate and cajole family members into supporting the club by doing jobs in kind.
Some families even take their sport on holiday with them and deliver ad-hoc sessions in trade for some extra practice. https://www.news/archery-family-hone-their-skills.
Fundraising events such as bag packing and small grants have supported both travelling archers and club based archers. https://www.archers-target-shoppers-in-fundraising-bid.
A major investment in the club came in the form of the London Olympics, the club was gifted lighting from the aquatics centre in order to improve lighting at the venue. https://www.edinburgh-archery-club-gets-surprise-present .
In keeping with the Olympic theme we have also had Patrick Huston (GB Olympic Archer) come along to the “Tattie Shed” and give inspirational talk and coaching tips to the club’s youngsters (https://www.patrick-huston) as well as to shoot his Urban Archery promotional Video.
Whilst we receive lots of compliments and feedback on our successes as a grassroots level community based sports club it would not be possible without the Roof over our heads (“Tattie Shed”) the support of its members and volunteers and the kind donations of furniture and workmanship week in- week out.