Archer Gets England Shot
Young Sleaford archer Jacob, a pupil at St George’s Academy, took up archery after a family holiday to Center Parcs in 2010, soon joining a local club in Sleaford and working his way up the ranks.
He represented Lincolnshire the following year and gained a place on the East Midlands Archery Society Junior Training Squad.
Shortly afterwards, Jacob applied for the new Archery GB Academy and after around 18 months of trials, coaching and plenty of paperwork, gained one of the 60 places in August 2014. “It’s not one of the common sports in schools, but my PE teachers have been amazing,” Jacob said.
“Mrs Anderson (formerly of Cranwell Primary), was always the first one on a Monday morning asking how the shooting had gone, and she still follows me.
“Mr Richardson and Mr Stainsfield have really supported me and pushed me forward within my sport and within my BTEC Sports Studies.”
He was nominated by Archery GB for a Backing the Best award from Sports Aid which covers the cost of monthly training at Lilleshall where he must attend for at least 16 hours a month.
At Lilleshall, Jacob works with Naomi Folkard who last week won world championship bronze in Mexico.
Other support has come from London Camera Exchange who supplied Jacob with a spotting scope, while a family friend has allowed him access to his land to continue training during winter. But there are still demands. If Jacob is asked to shoot for Great Britain then he will need a spare bow and the other equipment to go with it.
His mum said: “KG Archery, who sponsor him, have said they will help him as much as they can. With such support around him Jacob is determined to do them proud and continue to work hard.” He is also keen to make sport more accessible to everyone and works as a Young Ambassador with the 4 All inclusion programme. She added: “I’m so proud of what he has achieved in gaining the England shirt and I’m really looking forward to supporting him at the championships.”
Source | Sleaford Standard