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New £3.6m Performance Archery Centre opens at Lilleshall

As well as becoming the new home for British performance archery, the centre will also host grassroots activities (Image: Sport England)

A new Performance Archery Centre has opened its doors at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire.

Funded jointly by Sport England and UK Sport, the £3.6 million centre is the new home of British performance archery and will also host community and grassroots activities.

The new facility features a 70m indoor and outdoor shooting range, enabling year-round shooting, changing rooms, coaching and training support areas, toilets and car and cycle parking. As all facilities are on the same level, the centre is fully inclusive and accessible.

It also features several environmentally-friendly solutions, including an array of south-facing solar panels on the roof, along with additional battery storage to ensure the benefit is gained all year round. Hot water is generated via air source heat pumps, which are located externally to avoid the building requiring any kind of gas supply. The heat pumps helps the building increase its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Among the first users will be Team GB Olympic and Paralympic archers, who will make it their daily elite training space in the run up to the Paris 2024 Games. It will also serve as a base for Talent Pathway athletes aiming to get onto UK Sport’s World Class archery programme and the National Compound Squad.

While Archery GB – the sport’s governing body – has been based at Lilleshall for more than 20 years, the new venue is the first dedicated archery facility at the National Sports Centre. Archery GB have also relocated into new offices on the site to enable staff to have a permanent base close to the new performance centre.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Sport England’s executive director of place, said: “This facility will give elite archers the greatest opportunity to prepare and compete on the world stage.

“The centre provides talent development archers access to world-class training facilities, while also making archery accessible to community groups and organisations and helping more people to enjoy the benefits of living active lives.

“We’re looking forward to seeing people from all backgrounds and communities coming together in this facility to enjoy archery activities. In aiming to inspire and attract a future generation of archers, it’s been fantastic to see young children from local schools giving the sport a go this morning.”

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