Panthers Archery club is to close after 48 years. The announcement was made to a special Society meeting by John Morton, co-founder, organiser and long-time coach of the Panthers club. Fellow co-founder Colin Nightingale died some years ago.
The club was set up in 1965 as part of the Nottingham Sports & Social Club for the Disabled to provide archery for adults and children coping with a disability. The club acquired the name “Panthers” from Chick Zamick, former Captain and Coach of the then disbanded Ice Hockey Team. The Ice Hockey team, now known as GMB Nottingham Panthers, reformed in 1980.
Since losing its outdoor venue on Wilford Lane to the Nottingham Forest training ground in the 1990s, Panthers have shot exclusively indoors; latterly at the Springwood Centre, Mapperley.
Rising costs at the Mapperley venue and dwindling numbers have meant that the club is no longer financially viable. Unable to access new grant aid, the decision to close the club on March 27th 2013 has been taken.
Panthers members wishing to continue in archery have been invited to join other Nottinghamshire clubs.
Over the years Panthers have introduced many people, of all abilities, to archery and produced numerous Paralympic archers for team GB.
John’s contribution to disability archery and Nottinghamshire archery in general cannot be over estimated and the Society wishes John well in his retirement.