May 24, 2016, by Liz Cass
The road to Rio begins in Nottingham for Archery hopefuls at the 2016 European Archery Championship
Throughout the week of 23 May, The University of Nottingham will play host to the 2016 European Archery Championship.
Taking place at Highfields Playing Fields, just opposite University Park Campus on University Boulevard, the week will see over 300 elite archers from across Europe shoot to Nottingham to start their journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Championship will see archers from over 40 countries set their targets on the European Continental qualifying Tournament for Rio 2016. There are six precious spaces (three for male and three for female archers) up for grabs. The all-important finals will take place in the Old Market Square in the City Centre on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May, tickets can be purchased from the Nottingham City website.
This is the second time the Championship will take in Great Britain; the last and only time was in Coventry in 1978.
Nottingham has a strong legacy of archery; it is the home of Robin Hood, arguably the world’s most well-known archer. So for any Robin Hood aficio
nados, this is a perfect revision break or post-exam treat! Head on down to Highfields anytime from now until Friday 27 May 2016, to see some world-class archery.
Nottingham’s strong connections with archery will be expanded in September with the opening of the new £40m David Ross Sports Village, which will house a dedicated Archery space, with 18m range and 18 lanes allowing for more students to take part in this exciting sport.
All images ©Dean Alberga
I love archery. Archery is though, one of those sports you never see on TV, unless it is at an even such as the Olympics. More archery events should be televised, as to far to travel a lot of the time.