CMO Bowmen has been in existence since 1961 shooting target archery with recurve, barebow, compound and other traditional archery equipment. Our members are of mixed ability, from beginner to County standard.
Through the ArcheryGB ontarget programme we are working hard to grow the sport of Archery at grass roots level. We take pride in the fact that we are an open and friendly club who gives a warm welcome to members and new archers from all areas of the community.
We make it as easy as we can for people to enquire and to quickly attend training courses and taster sessions run by fully qualified and DBS/CRB checked coaches.
After a very difficult six months for us all and our beloved sport, we were delighted to welcome The Worshipful The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Maddie Henson along with Mike Seaton, Executive Headmaster of Cumnor House Schools to come and shoot with us ahead of our socially-distanced outdoor AGM.
They were joined by Steve Tully of Archery GB and Guildford Archery Club, and Dave Morris from Surrey Archery and Nonsuch Bowmen who offered their support as we encourage archers to come back to the sport and practice using the guidelines for safe shooting laid out by our national governing body.
We gave the Madam Mayor, her Macebearer, Nick Evans, and the Headmaster of Cumnor House, Mike, a quick archery lesson and then watched as 'gold fever' took over! After a couple of ends they were all hitting the middle in a quest for the ideal selfie to remember the day.
On Monday 5th August, a bunch of willing and able volunteers led by Mike orchestrated the swap of our 20ft main container for the Cumnor House 40ft container at the field.
The plan is to use this new space to house all of our existing field kit plus the beginners kit, freeing up the 10ft container to be used as a workshop for us all.
On May 25th we held the first House Games event, Game of Arrows. A brand new format for members designed to introduce a competitive element in a fun way.
The Games have a medieval/fantasy theme, with the three houses being Draccar - the dragons, Leander - the lions and Wulfgar - the wolves.
We are excited to bring you a new series of regular Club events with a House Games style which we are trialling on the next Club Day, Saturday the 25th of May.
You can expect lions, wolves and dragons plus the odd duel or two to decide who will be victorious. The aim is to create a fun shoot like no other to test your skill, cunning and allegiance to your House, but first you must pass the test and face Smoki - our very own 'sorting hat'.
We look to the skies and ask the ancient mystics to bring us good weather to smoke a sausage or two and to keep the insects from our vegetarian option.
Prey join us everyone by clicking to attend using the wizardry of the Event Calendar.
The 24th November saw a band of brave-hearted archers turn up for a new friendly CMO team competition, with the aim to bring members together to shoot in teams and have a bit of fun.
In all, twenty took part for the fun and hot soup, which was sorely needed as there was a cold biting wind - fitting that we shot a Frostbite round then! With some late-comers who had to miss out on shooting, it does mean that some are not checking the website to see what’s going on at the club, so we would urge you to do that.
Part of the fun was the lottery of the team selection with Andre the bingo caller. There were four teams of five with the compound archers as the captains. Team Martin ended the day as winners of the first competition, despite heavy heckling from all sides, even his own.
You can check out some pictures in the Gallery section of the site.
This is going to be a regular social event, hopefully once a month throughout the year so keep your eyes on the web calendar and sign up.
Well done to so many of you for attending our Halloween Fun Shoot this year. Despite the bitter wind making the day colder than the end of a witches nose, around forty of us turned up to shoot ten ends and then into the warm for some hearty soup and stew.
Around half came in fancy dress with some very impressive efforts again this year, with prizes awarded to Bridie's scary clown, Steve's,erm, hunchbacked-skull-thing, and Jenny and Simon making the scariest couple.
Huge thanks to Andre and Rene for organising, all those who made cakes and food, and Brian for taking some great pics which are in the Gallery now.
Hopefully members, you should have received an email from Archery GB with information to allow you to download your new membership card, as well as a new physical card, if you have asked for one.
You are able to save your new electronic card onto your mobile device using Apple Wallet or whatever Android uses for that sort of thing. You can then just present it on your phone when visiting other clubs or tournaments.
If you haven't had either version yet from AGB, please let us know via an email to Paul, our excellent Membership Secretary, who has been hard at work on renewals for us.
On Sunday 2nd September, CMO sent a team of two recurve and two compound archers to the finals of the Archery GB OnTarget Competition 2018 ... and won!
Yulia Larkins, Antony Wood, Andre Labuschagne and Martin Walton travelled to the home of Archery GB in Lilleshall, supported by coach Mike Cale to face two of the other three teams who were left in this knockout competition.
The first match was the semi-final against Deer Park Archers who fielded a strong side. CMO won the first round to make it 2-1 in the team against team match. Then came the pairs round in which our recurve team beat that of Deer Park, whilst their compound team beat ours leaving the overall score set at 5-4. After a very tight individual head to head round, CMO edged it by two points to win the match 11-9 and progress to the final.
Ruby, Ramona, Kate and Ethan represented Croydon in this year's London Youth Games held at Crystal Palace on Saturday 7th July.
Despite the searing heat, our juniors put in a scorching performance, finishing in 10th place which is three places up on last year.
Well done to the team and our thanks to Debbie and Neil Mason for all of their hard work organising the Junior Development Programme.
Click on the Read More button to see the final standings.