Posted on 30th August 2019

An archery club in Runcorn which was recently victim to a devastating arson attack has received funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner to help it rebuild.

Kyujutsu Archery Club on Castlefield Avenue East was targeted in a burglary and arson attack back in April with intruders stealing thousands of pounds worth of equipment before setting fire to the building.

The extensive damage has meant the club hasn’t been able to open since the attack, with its 53 active members having to practice elsewhere and the local community being unable to access the community space the building provided.

The club is now starting to rebuild and has been successful in its application to the commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund for a £5,000 grant to replace the equipment which was stolen or damaged in the fire.

PCC David Keane said: “Kyujutsu Archery Club is a key component in the local community, providing activities which bring the community together with its work proven to reduce anti-social behaviour and social isolation.

“This cruel attack has meant that the club hasn’t been able to operate over the last four months which has robbed the local community of a safe space to meet and engage in sport.

“I hope that the support from my Safer Communities Fund can help the club reopen as soon as possible so it can continue to support local people and encourage them to stay active.”

Club owner, Chris Ord, who set up in the club in 2016 to support people with disabilities, says the grant from the PCC will help the club get back on its feet.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the support from the Commissioner. This will enable our club to run within the community once again after the recent burglary and arson attack.

“We have plans to use the grant to purchase a wide-range of equipment to make archery accessible to everyone.

“Once we reopen, we also hope to open up the club building to a variety of groups, running regular sessions like mums and tots groups, so the club becomes even more of a community hub.”

Kyujutsu Archery Club is one of 22 projects across Cheshire which has recently received Safer Communities Funding to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.