The Paarl Valley Archery Club was founded in 2011 under the name of Paarl Archery Club. Our first range was at the Nelson’s Creek Wine Estate, where the owner, Mr Alan Nelson, kindly let us use a piece of land, big enough to lay out a 90m range which could accommodate 15 targets. Unfortunately we could not afford 15 targets but our chairman at the time, Mr Louis Nel, made a few targets from cut out tires, stuffed with old rags and felt for flooring. The first 6 real butts we received through a grant from the South African National Archery Association (SANAA).
In 2014 we were approached by the sports administrator from CPUT in Wellington who offered us the use of one of their sport fields if we would be willing to coach interested students. Included in the arrangement was a 24-hour guard as well as the use of their club house for meetings and storage. At a Special General Meeting the club members decided unanimously that we will move to CPUT and our name was changed to CPUT Paarl Valley Archery Club. Our members and funds grew and we could afford two more targets!
The arrangement with CPUT ended after 2 years but fortunately we found space to set up our new range at Mayerskraal, outside Paarl on the R45 to Malmesbury. Mr and Mrs Mayer, who run an event venue and a golf driving range at their small holding, had an open area on the banks of the Berg river where they kindly allowed us to lay out our new range.
During the same time we also got an offer from Nederburg Wine Estate to use one of their function halls for an indoor range. We gladly accepted the offer and put up another eight butts.
Looking back, we must agree that the Paarl Valley Archery Club was very fortunate in what they have achieved on the one hand through the kindness of the Paarlites, and on the other hand through the effort of their dedicated members.
We are proud to say that we have introduced more than three hundred people to archery during the nearly 7 seven years after our club was founded.
At Paarl Valley Archery Club we aim to promote archery of all bow styles and all disciplines. We have members participating in two main bow styles and three disciplines. The bow styles are roughly compound and recurve bow, each discipline further divides the bows into categories which is dependent on accessories like stabilizers, sights and release mechanisms used.
The general archery disciplines are target archery, field archery and 3Di. At Paarl Valley Archery Club we only have facilities for target archery.
Target archery is a sport where round targets are placed on butts and then the archers will aim to score the highest possible score on these targets. A number of tournaments and league shoots exist and every archer is sure to find a tournament or league that will fit his interest and skill level. These shoots will vary in difficulty and number of ends per round.