Stratford Archery Centre met its local MP Nadhim Zahawi last
week when he dropped in to see the facility, discovered the Olympic
Legacy work being delivered, and learned about the
championship-winning progress being made by two local
Based at the Stratford Manor Hotel, the visit was organised by the
House of Commons as part of the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Plan, which harnesses the
United Kingdom's passion for sport, increases grass roots
participation, particularly by young people, and encourages the UK
population to be more physically active.
The Stratford-on-Avon MP met with centre director Paul Hadley who
is overseeing the legacy works, Caitlin McCarthy (17, Royal
Leamington Spa Archery Society)- Warwickshire and National
Champion, and Archery GB team member, and Rebecca Upton (14,
Stratford Archers)- Warwickshire Champion, West Midlands Junior
Ladies Champion, and UK record holder.
Commenting on the Archery Centre and Olympic legacy Mr Zahawi
"It was great to see the Olympic legacy work being delivered right
here in Stratford. Not only is the Archery Centre giving members of
the public a chance to try out their skills, but it is also
supporting three local clubs and encouraging national and
international tourists and visitors to have a go"
"From what I've seen today it is clear that our local leisure
industry and the Olympic Legacy is in good shape. Businesses and
projects like this have an important role to play in re-balancing
our economy and delivering jobs, fitness and wellbeing,
particularly to young people and school leavers. Stratford Archery
Centre and Caitlin and Rebecca are a perfect example of what can be
achieved with dedication and hard work"
And commenting on his own attempts at archery he continued:
"I've only shot a few arrows and already I'm hooked. It's truly a
sport that everyone can have a go at and I'd urge people to go try
it. Hopefully we'll see some more Team GB members and top-notch
archers coming out of Stratford and joining the ranks of Caitlin
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