A SCHOOL in north Durham opened its doors over the weekend to give people the chance to try their hands at archery.

St. Giles’ Archers club visited The Durham Free School on Bradford Crescent in Gilesgate, Durham, on Saturday.

Targets were set up and youngsters were given access to the club’s equipment, with experts on hand to teach them the basics.

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Colin Affleck, the club’s vice-chairman, said: “St. Giles' Archers is one of the fastest growing clubs in the North-East with a broad membership including people of all ages and abilities and a growing list of awards to our name.

“We hope to have given people a great introduction to our club and a wonderful day out."

The event was part of Archery GB’s Big Weekend, which over the last two years, has successfully introduced thousands of people to the sport of archery.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “The open day helps clubs deliver easy, fun ways to enjoy archery.

“This year it is back for more as clubs and organisations were invited to once again open their doors and welcome members of the public to have a go at archery.

“Archery GB is delighted to be working with Foresters Friendly Society to bring the Big Weekend to life, without their support this year's event would not have been possible.”