Long Buckby Scouts Archery Club was formed in September 2000 after the Daventry District millennium camp, where archery was put on as one of the activities.
Quite a lot of equipment was bought for the event and this was stored at the Long Buckby Scout Hut, it seemed a waste not to use it! So archery was put on as an extra activity for the scouts, organized by Sylvia and Graham Underlin.
Within a few months the scouts who had joined the club wanted competition with other archers, so the Grand National Archery Society (GNAS) was joined. This enabled the scout archers to compete in competitions, and in the 1st year they won the County Junior Team Competition. Several of the scouts also went on to represent Northamptonshire in Regional Competitions.
The joining of GNAS opened the club up to non-scouts and in September 2005 it became a full club with adult and junior members. The club has several archers who represent Northamptonshire in Regional competitions.
LBAC \ Duston Bowmen have 7 Adult Coaches (Sylvia, Tony and Graham Underlin, Glenn Taylor Ian Atkins, Martin Ross, David Birch).. The club is able to run Beginners Courses on a regular basis, ‘Have a Go’ Sessions at events and Junior Birthday Parties.
In the summer we shoot at Daventry Rugby Club, Long Buckby Sports field Daventry Rugby Club and in the Scout Hut if is wet. In the winter we use Daventry Leisure Centre jointly with Duston Bowmen.
In January 2009 the club became the 18th club in the country and the 2nd in the county to be awarded the Club Mark quality assessment.
On the 1st May 2009 the club was successful in obtaining a lottery grant to purchase equipment including bosses, trainer bows and an ISO container to store the kit at Daventry Rugby Club. A second container has now been purchased.
June 2011 has seen the building of a Field Archery Course at Daventry Rugby Club with an EMAS shoot being the first event. This has now been very popular and is constant use.
We have now purchased further bosses of high density foam and these are now in constant use and the straw bosses have been stored in the second container.
The club continues to be developed with new members joining, the majority after taking beginners courses.